Students Recruitment

PhD vacancies

We are actively seeking good candidates to work on ML and 4D seismic, please email CVs to c.macbeth [at] hw.ac.uk or r.l.chassagne [at] hw.ac.uk

Postgraduate studentships

There are multiple routes into postgraduate study at ETLP:

  • Standard fully funded PhD
  • Assisted PhD and Study Visits
  • Industry-supported PhD
  • Bump-start PhD
  • Self-funded PhD


Standard fully funded PhD

Full ETLP funding for all fees and maintenance. Candidates should have a good first degree and/or masters in geophysics, reservoir engineering, geology or geoscience.


Assisted PhD and Study Visits

Partial ETLP funding topping up a university or research council scholarship.


Industry-supported PhD

Company sponsorship for all fees and maintenance.


Bump-start PhD

Successful applicants will progress to the PhD programme on completion of one of the Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience Masters programmes at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University. It is recommended that applicants have a first degree in Mathematics, Physics or a geoscience engineering subject.


Self-funded PhD

We are always looking for first class researchers and we welcome all applications from self-funded PhD Students.


Fees and finance

The Institute of Petroleum Engineering offers full, partial and fee-only scholarships for up to 3 years of postgraduate study. Partial scholarships cover full university tuition fees plus a contribution to maintenance. Applicants for partial and fee-only scholarships will be required to demonstrate that they have the balance of funding required for maintenance in place from other sources before one of these scholarships can be awarded.