Subsurface earth science and its deeper time record.

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MSc or PhD

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The Department has an international reputation, with many of our former graduates in prominent positions in academia, industry and government worldwide. The Department has excellent support from technical and administrative staff and our laboratory facilities include CL, EPMA, FI, SEM/EDAX, GC and GC-MS equipment and well equipped seismic and petrophysics laboratories.

Through collaboration with other Departments in the University, we have access to a range of other equipment including ICP-MS, XRD, Raman and NMR. A wide range of stable and radiogenic isotope facilities is accessible through the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in East Kilbride.

Our Research

Our research is concerned with the geological evolution of sedimentary basins. Sedimentary basins contain the long-term record of the planet’s evolving environment and climate; they chart tectonic evolution of the lithosphere; they hold the bulk of the Earth’s fossil fuels, water resources and significant concentrations of economic minerals.

Our research embraces the formation of sedimentary basins and lithosphere geodynamics, their structure and sedimentary fill, the evolution of the deposits and their fluids and the generation, location and exploitation of resources.

We address not only fundamental geological questions concerning Earth processes but also the development of resources for societal benefit - through the extraction of hydrocarbons to the use of geological reservoirs as repositories of societal waste.

Prospective research students should define their research interests explicitly in terms of sedimentary basin geology in the context of the research themes of the discipline.

Research in both groups is supported by excellent research facilities in a number of laboratories.

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The majority of our postgraduate students who graduated in the last five years joined oil companies or oil service companies. Other significant areas of employment are further education (higher degrees) and academic research posts.

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Postgraduate Research School - School of Engineering, Geosciences and Natural and Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
Crombie Hall
AB24 3TS