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Structured Masters in Petroleum Geoscience or Mineral Exploration

MSc In Petroleum GeoScience

In January 2013, UWC - Dept. of Earth Sciences launched an MSc programme in Petroleum Geoscience. This MSc. programme of 1½ year duration is intended for the greater African market where university-hosted education resulting in an MSc degree is not yet available for Petroleum Geosciences. Throughout southern Africa the oil & gas -related industry is seeking to fill geosciences positions. Presently local candidates with sufficient skill and background are difficult to find, meanwhile E & P activities are steadily on the rise.

Course design: The course sequence has a modular set-up following the field “life-cycle” in the oil industry. Such an approach facilitates an easy learning of petroleum geoscience skills and will also raise economic awareness.

The full MSc. programme consists of two semesters, each of 5 months lecturing, practical assignments and assessment, followed by a 6 month research component entailing in an MSc thesis. Individual course modules can be attended as short courses on a day-by-day basis.

Teaching capacity: the course is coordinated by an expat programme manager and instructor with 27 years industry experience, UWC academic staff, some of whom have experience in the oil industry, several local industry specialists and some visiting expat staff. There is support from PetroSA, Tullow and Sasol Petroleum Int. and the South African Oil & Gas Alliance. Academic cooperation exists with the University of Missouri, Rolla.

Fees : Standard University fees are charged amounting to approx. R 30,000 per annum

UWC endeavours to find sponsorship for all approved students.

All modules will be examined according to UWC’s assessment policy and will be subject to external moderation.
Certifications of attendance will be provided and accreditation for short courses towards a degree is in process.

Entry requirements : Honours degree with an average of 70% {upper 2nd} or equivalent. Relevant industry experience will also be considered.

Time table : January - early December courses and practicals, MSc research first ½ of the following year.

Application : UWC application for the next academic year (calendar year) closes end October. Short course application should be made well in advance since classes must remain small.

Contact details-UWC :
Dr M Opuwari Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, South Africa, tel: +27 (0)21 959.2638, fax: +27 (0)21 959.2438, E-mail :

The department employs modelling and interpretation software like Kingdom Suite™, Petrel™, Interactive Petrophysics™, Geovisionary™ and MOVE™.


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