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Course Overview

Petroleum geoscience is one of the main disciplines in the oil industry, and is particularly important during exploration, appraisal and production.  Petroleum geologists work closely with petroleum engineers in modelling oilfields and the flow of fluids in the subsurface.  This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mehrdad Manzari

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

  • 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 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.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Multiple choice examination (40%); Prospect mapping exercise (20%); Lab-based practical (40%).

Resit: Examination resit at the next available diet. Any failed coursework element will be arranges by the Course Coordinator.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Summative feedback will be given on laboratory work via web link - preferably by use of Blackboard Collaborate.  For studnets unable to join the live class, skype sessions will be organised.  Written feedback will be given on the two assesed lab elements of assessment and general feedback will be given on the examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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