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Programme of study

Master's Programme in Earth Science

Petroleum Geoscience

Objectives and content

Basic skills in geology and geophysics are of fundamental importance in exploration for oil and gas, as well as enhanced recovery of these resources in an economic and safe manner. Geophysical methods are used to reveal the geological structures of the subsurface, including type of lithology and pore fluid. This is achieved by studying how seismic waves, generated at the surface, are transmitted and reflected from various geological interfaces. Geology implies to study rocks both implicitly, by, for example, studying seismic sections, or explicitly, by analysing cores from wells. Petroleum geophysics covers the mathematical description of the physical concepts behind elastic wave propagation, methods for seismic data acquisition and processing, and interpretation and modelling of seismic data. Structural geology and sedimentology provide the basis for understanding the geological framework in petroleum geoscience. Adequate skills in mathematics, physics and informatics may be of support in parts of the study. A study in petroleum geoscience also gives the possibility to obtain a Basinmaster, a common European degree, including the third semester to be conducted at a foreign, European university.

 

The wide spectrum of courses offered shall provide the students the skills coherent with the requirements of the industry for petreoleum geoscientific work.

Programme profile

A comprehensive collaboration with the petroleum industry and participation in a number of international research programmes ensures that you will be given an education in tune with present demands. UiB's two national centres of excellence - one in climate studies and one in petroleum research - also have close ties to the department, and provide additional opportunities for master's projects.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Earth Science. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Start-up Date

Autumn

Who may apply

The Master's Programme in Earth Science, specialization petroleum geoscience will not be offered to international self-financing students the academic year 2014/15.

Applicants for the Quota Scheme se following link:

http://www.uib.no/education/artikler/2010/03/collaborating-institutions-programmes-at-uib

Applicants for the Quota Scheme, from the following universities:

Makarere University, Uganda

Universidad Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

National Directorate of Geology, Mozambique

Name of qualification

The Master's Programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Earth Science - Petroleum Geoscience. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Objectives and content

Basic skills in geology and geophysics are of fundamental importance in exploration for oil and gas, as well as enhanced recovery of these resources in an economic and safe manner. Geophysical methods are used to reveal the geological structures of the subsurface, including type of lithology and pore fluid. This is achieved by studying how seismic waves, generated at the surface, are transmitted and reflected from various geological interfaces. Geology implies to study rocks both implicitly, by, for example, studying seismic sections, or explicitly, by analysing cores from wells. Petroleum geophysics covers the mathematical description of the physical concepts behind elastic wave propagation, methods for seismic data acquisition and processing, and interpretation and modelling of seismic data. Structural geology and sedimentology provide the basis for understanding the geological framework in petroleum geoscience. Adequate skills in mathematics, physics and informatics may be of support in parts of the study. A study in petroleum geoscience also gives the possibility to obtain a Basinmaster, a common European degree, including the third semester to be conducted at a foreign, European university.

 

The wide spectrum of courses offered shall provide the students the skills coherent with the requirements of the industry for petreoleum geoscientific work.

Required Learning Outcomes

By graduating as a master in geoscience with specialization in petroleum geoscience, the candidate should

  • have a wide knowledge of disciplines within petroleum geology and/or petroleum geophysics
  • be able to work individually and in teams with the emphasis to solve interdisciplinary geoscientific problems
  • be able to take the authorship of scientific publication
  • be able to use scientific literature when conducting own research
  • be able to acquire, process and analyse scientific data
  • be able to conduct laboratory work in conjunction with the adequate rules for HES
  • be able to complete a scientific work within a given time frame and in accordance with the appropriate disciplinary concepts and ethical rules

 

If the master thesis is within petroleum geology, the candidate should furthermore:

  • know processes related to maturation, generation and migration of hydrocarbons, and how reservoir-, seal- and structural elemenst are formed.
  • know petroleum geological field methods
  • be able to characterize a layered sedimentary coloumn into facies and use this to interprete paleoprocesses, paleoenvironment and paleogeography
  • be able to interprete well data and seismic data
  • be able to evaluate a sedimentary basin in terms of the main elements of a reservoir prospect: source, reservoir, seal and trap.

 

If the master thesis is within petroleum geophysics, the candidate should furthermore:

  • know about the origin of seismic waves and how they propagate through geological layers.
  • know about various methods used to acquire seismic data, e.g. at the earth¿s surface, at the ocean bottom and within wells.
  • be able to perform a seismic processing sequence aiming towards extracting the geological structure
  • know how various reservoir properties may affect seismic data and how this utilized in seismic reservoir characterization and quantitative seismic interpretation

know the principles of seismic reservoir monitoring of hydrocarbon producing reservoirs or subsurface reservoirs used as aquifers of CO2

MAMN-GEOV/Master's Programme in Earth Science
SP = studiepoeng, S = semester, A = anbefalt semester
Petroleum Geoscience (krav: 60 SP)
Courses (krav: 60 SP)
You should choose courses in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Master thesis in Earth Science (krav: 60 SP)
  Mandatory course
Emnekode Emnetittel SP S A
GEOV399 Master's Thesis in Geoscience 60 3