The Shell Graduate Programme

As a Geophysicists joining the technical area of the Shell Graduate Programme for Geoscience is a technical, three-year blended learning programme. It is a combination of on-the-job development, structured training and fieldwork, designed to introduce you to the full scope of Shell’s operations, build your networks and give you a broad foundation for your future career.

You’ll be able to apply your skills and be assigned to work as part of a team on a current technical project. During the Shell Graduate Programme you will have the chance to rotate between roles, all the while working closely with senior technical experts.


Join Shell as a Geophysicist and you’ll become part of a vibrant global community of more than 500 staff from a broad range of strongly technical backgrounds. Through the acquisition, processing, integration and interpretation of different types of high quality geophysical data you will impact major project decisions, either in a research role or as part of an operational team. The projects you work on may range from unexplored greenfield areas to the optimal development of existing fields, in almost every global habitat from arctic to tropical and from remote to built-up areas.

Roles and responsibilities

A Geophysics career offers you a wide array of roles and responsibilities that include:

  • Operations Geophysicist
  • Processing Geophysicist
  • Quantitative Geophysicist
  • Geophysical Interpreter

Whether working at global, regional, basin or field scale, you will deploy the latest technologies and work in integrated teams with colleagues from the other Geoscience disciplines (Exploration Geoscience, Production Geoscience and Specialist Geoscience), Well Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

Training and development opportunities

At Shell, we are all about teamwork and we operate a culture of continuous development. You can expect industry leading formal training, on-the-job training, mentoring and regular progress checks. While on the Shell Graduate Programme you will have many opportunities to mix with colleagues and fellow graduates and to share knowledge. On completion of the Shell Graduate Programme, we want you to have developed a detailed understanding of Exploration Geoscience, Geophysics, Production Geoscience, Specialist Geoscience, and the overall Shell business.