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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 13:55

Course Overview

The course will develop practical skills in clastic and carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis; it will show how sedimentological and stratigraphic knowledge is crucial in understanding the architecture of reservoirs, and is fundamental in making predictive models.  The origin and effects of reservoir fluids and subsequent diagenesis will also be covered.  The course includes components of structural geology, tectonics, organic geochemistry, and basin modelling.  It incorporates a 10-day field trip which gives students a chance to integrate all of the elements in the taught part of the course.  Currently this field trip is planned to the Wessex Basin, in Dorset.

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites


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

- Sedimentary environments and facies, including processes of sediment transport and deposition
- Stratographic architecture in relation to external forcings
- Principles of diagenesis and impact on reservoir properties
- Core and outcrop logging and the use of analogue data
- Deformation of sedimentary rocks: folds, fractures, deformation bands, and large-scale faults and their role in reservoir damage.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Reservoir Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


The course will be assessed by continuous assessment and examination. There will be a wide variety of formative assessments with instant feedback and two structured formative assessments with written feedback. The summative assessment will be: Dorset field logbook (40%) Core- based group exercise (10%) Core interpretation exercise (20%) Examination (2 hours)(30%)

Formative Assessment




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