A key element of the course is fieldwork, which aims to synthesise and reinforce material taught in lectures and practical classes.

The field courses concentrate on the analysis of petroleum systems, reservoir, source and seal distribution, and structural geology. They also provide the opportunity to learn relevant field techniques, and to compare field analogues with core, wireline logs and seismic sections.

Over the duration of the course several trips are conducted:

  • 1 day field trip to classic localities at Mam Tor, Derbyshire, UK
  • 5 days on the North Yorkshire coast, UK, to investigate source, seal and reservoir elements.
  • 1 day excursion to gain exerience of core analysis at the BGS core store, Keyworth.
  • Day trip to the PETEX conference student day.
  • Towards the end of the course, students get the opportunity to chose one of three field courses to the classic localities of Country Clare Ireland or Mallorca, all of which are classic areas used for specialist field analogue training by leading oil compnies.


The Morocco field course examines key elements of the Atlantic Margin Petroleum System, exposed near to Agadir and is based around completed and ongoing research in the area by NARG.

Outcrops along the margin are visited to examine the early Triassic rift sequences, Jurassic carbonates and the Early Cretaceous clastic stratigraphy. The course also addresses basin evolution and dynamics, examining evidence for subsidence, inversion and the issue of provenance of potential Early Cretaceous deepwater clastics.

County Clare, Ireland

The Clare Basin offers the opportunity to examine one of the world’s top and most famous exposures of deepwater turbidites and deltaic clastic systems through the Namurian Basin full succession.  They are exposed along the coastline in a series of magnificent cliff and beach exposures.  In addition to these reservoir analogues it also offers the opportunity to examine an integrated petroleum system with all of the main elements of a hydrocarbon play at outcrop including potential unconventional shale gas resources.

Mallorca, Spain

An opportunity to study carbonate depositional processes, environments and diagenetic processes using a young, well-preserved and well-constrained depositional system. The trip provides insight into the distribution of carbonate facies and reservoir in a sequence stratigraphic context. Excellent opportunities to study large scale stratal geometries of the Miocene Llucmajor classic rimmed carbonate platform are provided by a boat trip

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