As supplies of oil and gas are depleted, geoscientists play an essential role in ensuring we can meet the world’s increasing demand for energy. At BP, our geoscientists use leading-edge technology to explore hydrocarbon resources and maximize their recovery from oil and gas reservoirs across the world. Now, we can find and produce oil and gas that was invisible to us only a few years ago.

Geoscience in BP integrates both geology and geophysics. Geology is concerned with the application of geological principles and techniques to the analysis of well, core, surface outcrop, and production data. Geophysics is concerned with the acquisition, processing, interpretation and analysis of seismic and other geophysical datasets (e.g. gravity-magnetic surveys) to create an image of the subsurface. The combination of geology and geophysics — as geosciences — delivers a powerful description and evaluation of the subsurface, increasing our ability to safely explore and recover hydrocarbon resources. Join us as a geoscientist and you’ll find our commitment to today and tomorrow stretches beyond the success of our business to the development of our people and their successful careers.

Your role and responsibilities

As a geoscientist within our multi-disciplinary and multicultural subsurface team, you’ll work in exploration, field development or at a producing asset. Part of a dynamic, collaborative team, you’ll interact with petrophysicists, reservoir, petroleum and drilling engineers as well as commercial and other disciplines. Before long, you’ll realize what a vibrant and supportive environment it is.

When you join, you will be deployed into one of three roles. As an integrated geoscientist you will be applying your broad technical skills to deliver strong business results in exploration, development and production. As an applied geophysicist or an applied geologist you will apply your deep geophysical or geological knowledge to business problems across the Upstream sector.

Development opportunities

You will join our industry-leading and award-winning graduate development Challenge Programme. This typically lasts three years and you’ll be given real jobs, working on real problems and delivering business results immediately. As a geoscientist, you will be rotated through at least two placements, lasting 18-24 months, which will give you the hands-on job experience you need. This will range from exploration, appraisal and development to production, well delivery and seismic acquisition. As well as benefitting from 25 days’ technical training per year, you’ll be supported by a mentor who will show you the way things work and introduce you to the wider career opportunities we offer. There will also be countless opportunities to take advantage of, and contribute to, the global technical networking communities that operate within BP.

Your future

On completion of the Challenge Programme, you will continue to benefit from a focused and structured professional development framework designed to support your journey to a deep technical understanding of geoscience. This will include ongoing access to at least 10 days of technical training per year. Longer-term career opportunities exist to increase your technical capabilities toward technical or line management career paths. Early in your career, you’ll also be expected to share your expertise and coach the next generation of recruits.


Sunbury-on-Thames, London and Aberdeen. We require that all graduates be flexible as to geographical location (within the UK) for the duration of the programme.


To succeed you’ll need a willingness to learn, a passion to excel and deliver results, and importantly, a 2:1 bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in earth science, engineering geology/geophysics, geology, geophysics, geoscience, natural sciences, petroleum geology and physics. For applicants with a bias to positional information and surveying (developed within the broader geoscience discipline), relevant degrees would include geographical information science and hydrographic surveying.

We also welcome applications from candidates with a relevant MSc or PhD.

For the applied geologist role, you’ll need at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in any of the above disciplines, plus an MSc or PhD in the relevant applied geology discipline (sedimentology, structural geology, biostratigraphy, geochemistry, basin modelling or geomechanics).