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Course Overview

This course aims to introduce participants to the concept of the petroleum system, demonstrating how all the elements are necessary for a conventional accumulation of hydrocarbons.  It will deal particularly with the ways that geologists think – particularly in the exploration phase – and show how explorationists make risked predictions of volumes in frontier areas.  The course looks in detail at reservoir architecture and the factors that influence the performance of reservoirs. The course includes two full days of geological fieldwork.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Catriona Menzies

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL3523 Petroleum Geology and Reservoir Characterization (Studied)
  • GL3524 Petroleum Geology and Reservoir Characterisation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Principles of petroleum geology, including unconventionals.
  • The petroleum system.
  • Exploration techniques, including reflection seismic acquisition and processing.
  • Petrophysics I.
  • Petrophysics II.
  • Geological input into drilling and completion.
  • The language of the log - understanding comp logs.
  • Formation evaluation I.
  • Formation evaluation II.
  • Reservoir architecture in lab and field.

Associated Costs

There is a one-day field trip associated with this course.  Estimated cost is £15.

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: Continuous assessment exercise on reservoir geology, either in the form of a poster or a PowerPoint presentation (30%). One two hour written examination (70%). Resit: 1 two hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Class presentations assessed by peer assessment with instant fedback. In-field role-play exercise on development geology and well planning.


Formative assessment: peer feedback (instant) and oral feedback from tutor (instant). Summative assessment by mark sheet dissecting performance under five headings: content, interpretation, discussion, conclusions and presentation (each worth 20%).

Course Learning Outcomes


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