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Course Overview

This course aims to demonstrate the stages in a hydrocarbon exploration project from initial basin screening, through the identification of leads and prospects, to an economic assessment. The course includes components of structural geology, tectonics, organic geochemistry, and basin modelling. It is important to view these activities in an economic context; accordingly, the course aims to explain the role of the geologist in the business of exploration and appraisal of hydrocarbons. This aims to inform the student of important economic and logistical constraints which operate alongside geological details.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andrew Hurst

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?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will be taught through the second half session. The content covers the uses of structural geology in hydrocarbon exploration and basin analysis. This theme is extended to examine financial and global issues associated with the petroleum prospect evaluation. The course will involve an internal competition in petroleum exploration to decide the team that will represent Aberdeen in the Imperial Barrel Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Further Information & Notes

Acceptance on MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience required

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


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Teaching Breakdown


There will be formative assessment with instant feedback through the course. The summative assessments will be: Structural geology practical exercises (40%) Organic geochemistry report (10%) Exploration group exercises (10%) IBA group exercise (10%) Examination (30%).

Formative Assessment




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