MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This unique and forward-looking MSc is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in key modern principles and methods required for a career in applied geology in our changing world. The course is taught by experts from diverse geoscience disciplines, including pure and applied geology, geophysics, geomodelling and computational geoscience, with experience of the minerals and geoenergy sectors. It focuses on generic aspects of data interpretation, analysis and computer modelling of the deeper and shallow subsurface using real-world data and leading industry software (e.g., Petrel, Leapfrog, ArcGIS).
This sought-after and transferable expertise will provide you with the flexibility needed for a geoscience career in an increasingly populous and resource-constrained world.

Further information about this course is available on the UCD School of Earth Sciences website

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The programme combines classroom-based instruction, practical workstation experience, team-based exercises and field visits. It also includes a three-month applied research project.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Please consult the UCD School of Earth Sciences website for more information. 

This programme provides graduates and company staff seeking career advancement with the key knowledge, skills and tools required to be successful geoscientists across the range of industries and applied research organisations working with subsurface data. We value ambition and passion to be expert problem-solvers through the application of sound geological reasoning, models and quantitative techniques. We provide a learning environment that develops students’ ability to solve complex subsurface problems in a creative but pragmatic manner, to present results effectively to management and clients, and to work both individually and in teams as required in a business context. A strong emphasis is placed on learning and assessment through individual and team-based practical exercises in both the classroom and field. Students work with a wide range of industry datasets and workflows, using state-of-the-art techniques and software. The curriculum facilitates direct engagement with industry personnel via tailored short courses, site visits, joint fieldwork and business-style technical presentations.

Invalid Option

The course is industry facing and designed to equip you for a career in a broad range of industries and research organisations requiring digital subsurface characterisation and modelling. Application areas include mineral resources, the energy sector including oil and gas, geothermal, groundwater, carbon sequestration and storage, geotechnical services, national geological surveys and waste management. You will also receive training in the range of soft skills (e.g. reporting, programming) required by industry.


MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling (F181) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9360
nonEU    fee per year - € 26210

***Fees are subject to change

An honours undergraduate degree at 2.1 or higher (or the International equivalent ) in the broad Earth Science/Geoscience area is required. Consideration will be given to applicants with similar qualifications in cognate areas (e.g. Geophysics or Physical Geography) and to those with significant and relevant work experience but who do not meet this criteria.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor Tom Manzocchi, UCD School of Earth Sciences
Understanding and predicting the movement of geological fluids in the shallow crust requires consideration of 3D geological structure over microscopic to kilometre scale-ranges. My research focuses on developing methods for representing geological structure in fluid flow models. Usually there are only very limited observational constraints about the subsurface, so the challenge is to include realistic uncertainty in the geomodel, whilst also representing the key features that influence the flow process of interest.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling FT (F181)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised