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Course Overview

This course aims to cover many important aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation whilst illustrating how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during exploration stages. An understanding will be gained about how geologists go about exploring for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andrew Hurst

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?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The main topics covered are: basic geology and geological nomenclature; geological controls on formation and accumulation of hydrocarbons; fundamentals of geophysical acquisition and processing; the petroleum system and the "Golden Zone"; defining plays, fairways and prospects; prospect mapping; dealing with uncertainty and risk; and an overview of production geology.

By the end of this course students should understand how geologists go about exploring for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal. The students will also have had an opportunity to learn how to make their own prospect maps.

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments


Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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