Main learning outcomes

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc covers the broad range of specialist subject area in exploration and production geoscience, including reservoir sedimentology, geophysics, geochemistry, petroleum economics. The course is constantly being updated and modified to adapt to changes in technology or advances in the science.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • Developing an understanding of the oil industry, the exploration, development, production and economic aspects;
  • Raising awareness of current developments in the exploration and production business, both in the UK and internationally;
  • Developing an understanding of petroleum systems activee within a basin and their analysis;
  • Providing essential knowledge and expertise of the main petroleum geoscience subject areas (e.g. reservoir characterisation, geophysical imaging and interpretation, geochemistry, wellsite and operations geology, formation evaluation, petroleum economics, risk analysis, reservoir engineering, etc.) The integration of these specialist subject areas to provide a complete interpretation is emphasised during the course.
  • Gaining the ability to analyse typical oilfield data, such as detailed sedimentological analysis of outcrop, cuttings, core, sidewall core and wireline log data integrated with formation fluid and pressure analysis;
  • Provide access to a range of industry standard software and allow students to become familiar with their use. Software such as: Petrel, Eclipse, Voxel Geo, PetroMod, BasinMod, Logicom REP.
  • Petroleum economics, the value of exploration and integration with risk assessment;
  • Understanding available petroleum technology;
  • Reservoir engineering, geological analysis of available fluid and rock data.

Transferable skills obtained during the course:

  • Ability to work in groups, effectively manage projects;
  • Working within a multi-national and multi-cultural environment;
  • Effective time management;
  • Presentation Skills;
  • Technical writing skills, both short industry executive summaries and reports and longer research dissertations;
  • Presentation Skills;
  • Computing Skills.

Duration and assessment

The MSc course runs for 50 weeks, from October until September. It is divided into three modules, two taught modules, and a final research project.

Assessment of the candidates is based on three separate considerations:

  1. Examinations (approximately 30% of the final marks). All candidates take examinations in January and April on the subjects covered during the Taught Modules.
  2. Course Work (approximately 40% of the final marks). Assessed practical coursework and assignments are carried out during the year
  3. Final Project (approximately 30% of the final marks). The written dissertation, poster and the oral presentation are assessed.

Candidates achieving an overall mark of 70% and above in all components of the course will be considered for the award of a MSc with Distinction.

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