The BGS GeoSchool offers a wide-ranging programme of both field- and classroom-based professional development training courses.
Contact our Learning and Development Co-ordinator for course fees, scheduling and availability.
This introductory course provides an understanding of how earth materials are described and classified for engineering purposes. It is based on the recently revised BS5930:1999 — Code of Practice for Site Investigation.
This introductory course provides an overview of the main concepts of groundwater occurrence and flow.
Provides participants with a grounding in the principles of hydrogeology and the skills to make sound hydrogeological decisions including when to call in a specialist hydrogeologist.
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of physical hydrogeology. The course is aimed principally at those involved in the geosciences and related disciplines with little or no previous experience of groundwater.
This course is designed for geoscientists who need to investigate and characterise the near-surface geology in 3D using the GSI3D modelling software.
This course provides a ‘hands on‘ introduction to using ArcGIS for geoscientists.
Aimed at geoscientists, environmental scientists and engineers who need to learn how to use the GeoVisionary 3D visualisation package for virtual field reconnaissance.
Provides geoscientists with an introduction to the GoCAD 3D geological modelling software.
Provides hydrogeologists and groundwater professionals with an introduction to all aspects of groundwater flow modelling from recharge modelling and the creation of a water balance through to setting up and running a groundwater flow model.
Aimed at geoscientists and other professionals needing an understanding of digital 3D modelling, its capabilities and the range of software available.
Suitable for hydrogeologists and modellers wishing to gain an understanding of groundwater systems through the application of the ZOOM suite of object-oriented modelling software.
The course provides an understanding of biostratigraphy principles, how to use the data, available tools, integration with other disciplines, and is suitable for geoscientists, post graduate students and management.
Provides geoscientists with the skills to describe and interpret core material obtained from boreholes and hydrocarbon wells.
The course will equip participants with a three-dimensional understanding of the principles and geometries involved, allowing them to make rigorous, three-dimensionally sound, geological interpretations in areas of limited data and from spatially limited, remotely sensed datasets such as seismic sections, satellite imagery and air photographs.
Observe, describe, interpret and classify processes and products in a modern terrestrial glacial environment. 9–day fully residential course based in south-east Iceland within walking distance of Vatnajokull Europe's largest glacier!
This course introduces the principles of GIS and ArcGIS Desktop software relevant to manipulating petroleum/offshore data within a GIS.
This course is recommended for consultancies, regulators, power and energy companies with an interest in the geological aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Provides participants with an understanding of management issues pertinent to the main types of data utilised in petroleum geoscience.
This course will enable participants to develop an understanding and appreciation of the role of sedimentology studies in building genetic sequence stratigraphic models and defining parasequences.
Suitable for geologists who wish or need to become acquainted with the seismic reflection method.
Introduces participants to the concepts of sequence stratigraphy and its application within the hydrocarbon exploration industry.
Suitable for biostratigraphers who need focused training in unfamiliar fossil groups in order to undertake new projects and assignments. Training on a variety of fossil groups within the expertise of BGS biostratigraphy is available.
Enables geoscientists to understand the relationship between facies development, tectonic control, fluid flow, fluid flow barriers, fault development and linkage.
This course disseminates information on palynology samples and preparation techniques that avoid the use of acids.
Designed for geoscientists needing to gain a practical understanding of the principles of geological feature mapping in the field.
This course is aimed at student and professional geologists who are expected to work, or anticipate working in regions where polyphase deformation and metamorphism have affected mainly meta-sedimentary sequences.
Participants will gain an introduction to the BGS·SIGMA Mobile software system for digital field data acquisition.
This course is suitable for student and professional geologists, environmental scientists and geo-engineers who need to gain understanding of Quaternary mapping techniques.
This field course is suitable for students and professional geologists, environmental scientists, and geo-engineers wishing to gain a greater understanding of upland Quaternary deposits and the techniques used to map them.
Course participants will gain experience in the end-use suitability testing of industrial minerals and evaluation against industry specifications.
Course participants will gain experience in the technical assessment of industrial minerals and be able to conduct constructive dialogue with industry.
Course participants will gain experience in mineral processing as part of the evaluation of industrial minerals.
This course is designed primarily for people with a background and understanding of digital image processing who need to learn to use the ERDAS IMAGINE software.
This course is designed primarily for people with a background and understanding of digital image processing who need to learn to use the ERMapper software.
This course introduces participants to concepts and geological applications in remote sensing with an emphasis on aerial photography although other airborne and satellite imagery are also included.
The course introduces participants to concepts and geological applications in remote sensing with an emphasis on satellite imagery.
This course provides a practical introduction for geomorphological interpretation primarily using UK examples.
Provides geoscientists with a knowledge of how geostatistics can help with the analysis and interpretation of spatially distributed scientific data.
Suitable for geoscientists who routinely work on the interpretation of dataset and wish to gain a basic knowledge of statistics or who would like to refresh their knowledge in this area.
This course covers the principles and pitfalls of designing sampling programmes and interpreting sampled data.