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Course Overview

This course aims to cover many important aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation whilst illustrating how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during exploration stages. An understanding will be gained about how geologists go about exploring for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The main topics covered are: basic geology and geological nomenclature; geological controls on formation and accumulation of hydrocarbons; fundamentals of geophysical acquisition and processing; the petroleum system and the "Golden Zone"; defining plays, fairways and prospects; prospect mapping; dealing with uncertainty and risk; and an overview of production geology.

By the end of this course students should understand how geologists go about exploring for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal. The students will also have had an opportunity to learn how to make their own prospect maps.

Further Information & Notes

Includes a one day field trip

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

There are some in-course exercises for formative feedback. The summative element is entirely by examination. The exam has a strong practical element. 

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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