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Petroleum Geology

  • UCAS code F620
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

The course

Petroleum Geology is the study of a dynamic Earth, exploring the ways in which our physical environment was created,  the patterns of change that continue to alter the world around us, and the precious resources – the oil and natural gas that fulfils so many of our secondary needs.

You’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country (The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2018), and be inspired by a leading research culture that informs all of our teaching. You’ll gain an holistic knowledge of the Earth Sciences, with elements of chemistry, physics, geography and mathematics combining to enhance your knowledge of the geology of petroleum.

Graduate from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway and you’ll take a diverse research and practical skillset into a field with excellent graduate employment prospects. This course represents excellent preparation for a career in the extractive hydrocarbon industries, combines theory and practice with extensive field work to leave you ideally placed for a rewarding, well paid career.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more


  • Excellent preparation for a career in the extractive hydrocarbon industries.
  • Tailor your learning to your own interests and ambitions.
  • Be inspired by a leading research culture that informs all of our teaching.
  • Combines theory and practice with extensive fieldwork to prepare you for a rewarding career.
  • Petroleum Geology will also prepare you to progress to postgraduate study should you so wish.

overall student satisfaction

Source: NSS, 2019


in the UK for Earth Sciences

Source: Times Good University Guide 2020


of our Earth Sciences graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating

Source: DLHE, 2018

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