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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course aims to introduce participants to the concept of the petroleum system, demonstrating how all the elements are necessary for a conventional accumulation of hydrocarbons.  It will deal particularly with the ways that geologists think – particularly in the exploration phase – and show how explorationists make risked predictions of volumes in frontier areas.  The course looks in detail at reservoir architecture and the factors that influence the performance of reservoirs. The course includes two full days of geological fieldwork.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Malcolm J. Hole

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering or BSc Geology-Petroleum Geology

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Principles of petroleum geology, including unconventionals.
  • The petroleum system.
  • Exploration techniques, including reflection seismic acquisition and processing.
  • Petrophysics I.
  • Petrophysics II.
  • Geological input into drilling and completion.
  • The language of the log - understanding comp logs.
  • Formation evaluation I.
  • Formation evaluation II.
  • Reservoir architecture in lab and field.

Associated Costs

Field trip GBP 15.00

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

3x In course assessments (30% 30% 40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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