Petroleum Geosciences

Petroleum Geosciences
4- or 5-year engineering degree
Training pace
Alternating or continuous
In brief


Want to work in natural resources? Our Petroleum Geosciences program offers cutting-edge training, based on field trips and tackling case studies proposed by companies within the sector. You’ll be immediately operational upon graduation, contributing to the energy transition by applying your Petroleum Geosciences skills to discover and describe Oil & Gas fields, identify new geothermal projects, and define sustainable strategies for geological CO2 storage. A single training course for a multitude of current and future job prospects: don’t wait, join us today!

The key points of the program

Applied teaching
International mobility

Career prospects for graduates

French oil and gas companies
Oil and gas equipment and services
Foreign oil companies (private)
National oil companies
Program & planning


This program is divided in several themes with a major either in geology or in geophysics.

Common courses will allow you to obtain a core understanding of the different disciplines in geosciences. Later on, you will be able to choose specific courses to specialize or to broaden your technical skills.

  • Introduction to basin studies
  • Structural analysis
  • Rock physics and geophysics
  • Drilling, well site geology, geohazards
  • Well logging, petrophysics
  • Geostatistics
  • Basics of reservoir engineering
  • Professionnal Skills
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Basin analysis and evaluation
  • Advanced basin analysis and evaluation*
  • Seismic methods*
  • Advanced seismic interpretation
  • Carbonate deposits*
  • Advanced geophysics*
  • Clastics deposits*
  • Reservoir geophysics*
  • Reservoir characterization and modeling*
  • Advanced reservoir characterization and modeling*
  • Fractured reservoirs*
  • Unconventional hydrocarbons, CO2 management*

*customizable academic path


The two examples of schedules shown below correspond to the most frequently encountered cases for students in this program:

  • 16-month continuous program for students with a 4- or 5-year degree, and alternating school/company
  • 19-month program for students with a 5-year engineering degree

Planning of Petroleum Geosciences


There are other possible cases, such as:

  • 22-month alternating school/company program for students in their penultimate year of a major European school or university having signed a double-degree agreement with IFP School


Career opportunities


  • Oil & Gas companies (IOC and NOC)
  • Oil & Gas service companies
  • Geothermal energy industry
  • Energy consulting companies
  • International institutions
  • Big data companies


  • Exploration geoscientists: they implement the techniques and tools needed to acquire and interpret data in order to evaluate basins and identify new resources. They can also be involved in the geological monitoring of drilling operations and geophysical aspects of data acquisition.
  • Reservoir geoscientists: they interpret and integrate all available data to characterize the reservoir's architecture and properties. They equally evaluate its potential and contribute to future developments.
Funding & sponsorships

Typical class profile

Students in this program are almost all sponsored by companies (through sponsorships or apprenticeships) that finance their living expenses during the academic period and contribute towards their tuition.

Main sponsors

Among these companies, the following have been IFP School partners in recent years (non-exhaustive list):

  • BG Group
  • BP
  • BRGM
  • Cepsa
  • CGG
  • Engie
  • Equinor
  • ExxonMobil
  • GNPC
  • Hocol
  • IPC France
  • KOC
  • Maurel & Prom
  • Onhym
  • Pemex
  • Perenco
  • PTT-EP
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell
  • Sonangol
  • Storengy
  • TotalEnergies