North Sea oil giant offers Aberdeen University scholarship

North Sea oil giant BP has announced it is offering a scholarship for student to undertake a Master of Science (MSc) degree at Aberdeen University.

The scholarship, worth more than £14,000, would see one student study an MSc in Geophysics.

David Cornwell, director of the Geophysics MSc in the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, said the programme was developed to address a recognised need for qualified geophysicists within the hydrocarbon, minerals exploration or associated service industries.

Recent surveys of energy industry professionals has identified concerns over a skills shortage in the sector, with geophysics explicitly named on the UK’s Government’s recent ‘skills shortage’ list.

He added: “The programme is designed to expose students to the theory and practice of modern geophysics, with an emphasis on cutting-edge techniques for understanding the structure, dynamics and composition of the Earth from the near surface to the deep interior.

“The content is broad-based and integrative with a strong focus on the quantitative aspects of geophysical data analysis and interpretation.”

In addition to covering tuition fees for the programme, BP will also provide an MSc project and mentoring support to the successful applicant.

Mr Cornwell added: “The programme has been running for five years and we have already gained a strong reputation for the quality of our graduates.

“We provide students with the opportunity to acquire the essential skills for careers in the hydrocarbon and associated industries, and we are extremely grateful that BP has chosen to endorse it with this scholarship.”

Application details are available here www.abdn.ac.uk/study/funding/496

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