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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course covers aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation to illustrate how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during the exploration process.  It will look at the place of the geoscientist during the productive life of an oilfield.  Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers.  By the end of this course students should understand how geologists explore for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal; the role of the geophysicist; how to make prospect maps; petroleum volumetrics; subsurface fluid flow; and the creation of static reservoir models.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Computing Science (CS) (Studied) or Engineering (EG) (Studied) or Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (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

1. Basic geology and geological nomenclature
2. The petroleum system: geological controls on formation and accumulation of hydrocarbons
3. Fundamentals of geophysical acquisition and data processing
4. Defining plays, fairways and prospects
5. Prospect mapping
6. Dealing with uncertainty and risk
7. Production geology and subsurface fluid flow
8. Formation evaluation and interpretation
9. Geological input into completions (particularly in late field life)
10. Data archiving and management.

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

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 7 - 12
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 12
  • 1 Tutorial during University week16

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 consists of two exercises totalling 60% of the assessment, and an examination (40%) The exercises are: 1. a workbook of lab exercises accross the whole course (40%), and 2. a prospect map completed under time pressure in class (20%). The examination will be by multiple choice and will be computer marked.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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