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Course Overview

This module aims to provide a common level of understanding among students on how geophysics has been used historically and is being used at present (state-of-the-art) to image the structure of the interior of the Earth and to make inferences about the geodynamic processes within the Earth responsible for formation of its surface and near surface (including sedimentary basin formation) where society lives and relies upon the exploitation of its resources.

Course Details

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

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

1. Physics of the Earth
2. Interior of the Earth:historical and modern seismology
3. Shape of the Earth and geodetic/mapping principles
4. Plate tectonics: driving mechanics and stresses in and deformation of the lithosphere.
5. Sedimentary basin formation and architure and influences on the petroleum system.
6. Crustal setting of ore deposits and processes of formation.
7. Mathematical principles relevant to geophysical methods: review and remedial tutorials.

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

Assessment:  There are in-course exercises, including self-directed remedial mathematics, for formative feedback as well as an initial test to determine mathematical skills to allow assessment of potential remedial work. The Summative element consists of one or more assigned exercises, totalling 50% of the assessment, and an examination (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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