Energy giant BP will fund a £14,500 scholarship for Aberdeen University’s MSc in Geophysics.
Applications for the individual scholarship are open to UK and EU students participating in the one-year course.
The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, July 31, with students due to start in September 2020 or January 2021 eligible.
The programme offers a broad fundamental theory of geophysics and its applications in a multitude of research and industry settings.
In addition to covering tuition fees for the programme, BP may also provide an MSc project and mentoring support to the successful applicant.
Dr David Cornwell, Director of the Geophysics MSc in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, said the programme was developed to address a recognised need for qualified geophysicists within the hydrocarbon, minerals exploration or associated service industries.
He explained: “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.”
Surveys of energy industry professionals have identified concerns over a skills shortage in the sector, and recently geophysics was named on the UK’s Government’s ‘skills shortage’ list.
Dr Cornwell added: “The programme has been running for six years and we have already gained a strong reputation for the quality of our graduates. We are extremely grateful that BP has chosen to endorse it with this scholarship. The School has recently hired three new geophysics academic staff to support the MSc in Geophysics and we have an updated curriculum for 2020/21 including new modules such as machine learning geophysics.”