Petroleum Geology is the study of a dynamic Earth, exploring the ways in which our physical environment was created, the patterns of change that continue to alter the world around us, and the precious resources – the oil and natural gas that fulfils so many of our secondary needs. You’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016), and be inspired by a leading research culture that informs all of our teaching. You’ll gain an holistic knowledge of the Earth Sciences, with elements of chemistry, physics, geography and mathematics combining to enhance your knowledge of the geology of petroleum. Graduate from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway and you’ll take a diverse research and practical skillset into a field with excellent graduate employment prospects. This programme represents excellent preparation for a career in the extractive hydrocarbon industries, combines theory and practice with extensive field work to leave you ideally placed for a rewarding, well paid career. + Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) + Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe. + Gain a practical skillset geared towards a well paid, rewarding career in the extractive hydrocarbon industries. + Choose from a range of optional courses to tailor your learning to your own interests and ambitions.