The first class of the MSc in Hydrocarbon Exploration at the University of Aberdeen graduate today. The degree is run by exploHUB, a joint industry/ academia training centre preparing exploration geoscientists for the challenge of discovering the Earth's remaining hydrocarbon resources.
Iulia Zaharia, who was sponsored by Sterling Resources throughout the course, said, "exploHUB has been a great experience for me. It is truly unique, because it is a learning experience based on practical work, rather than courses. Different exploration-related projects involving real data were assigned during the program in a similar manner as they would have been done in an oil company. It also provides an opportunity for personal growth, through exposure to different cultures and work-practices."
The short courses were carried out by both university academics and also experienced industry professionals. Students undertake fieldtrips in the North East of Scotland, the Isle of Skye and Wyoming, U.S.A. to gain valuable apply the theoretical knowledge that can be applied to global petroleum provinces. Students undertook a further 3 month individual project in addition to the 9 months from the Postgraduate diploma to make the course into a Masters.