The University of Manchester's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) has launched its new MSc in Geoscience for Sustainable Energy - a master's programme to train the next generation of energy-focused geoscientists.
Affordable and clean energy is one of the key Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The energy transition, whereby a move to low carbon and renewable energy is delivered, is an important part of the roadmap to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
Geoscientists have a key role to play in helping to deliver this, and their skills and expertise will be required in a range of sectors.
Graduates of the Geoscience for Sustainable Energy programme will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of all subsurface geoscience applications, alongside an in-depth technical knowledge of sedimentary geoscience and geophysics, rock mechanics, fluid flow and pore evolution.
This will equip students for employment or further study within the energy sector, including in the fields of energy, heat and hydrogen storage, geothermal energy, geological carbon sequestration, gas/compressed air storage, environmental governance of hydrocarbon extraction, and nuclear waste disposal.
The programme content has been designed following consultation with key players in the energy industry, and the programme will be supported by an industrial advisory board from a diverse range of sub-surface disciplines/energy providers.