Geological field trip in the Northern Appenines The students in the first M.Sc Petroleum Studies course, offered within the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, have just returned from a highly successful geology field trip in the Northern Appenines, Italy. The students, together with two of the course lecturers, spent three days under the expert guidance of Prof Roberto Tinterri, from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Parma, examining the turbidite deposits of the Marnoso-Arenacea formation in the regions of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. This geological formation is one of the most famous exposures of such deposits, and has great relevance to the oil and gas industry as a petroleum reservoir. The field trip is part of the course programme, and was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Department of the Continental Shelf. The M.Sc. Petroleum Studies is a one-year taught Masters programme, providing a broad coverage of the oil and gas industry, from petroleum geology and geophysics, petrophysics and reservoir engineering to prospect generation and resources law. Further information may be obtained from http://www.um.edu.mt/courses/ or by calling (+356) 2340 3849.