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Undergraduate course

Petroleum Geology

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Objectives and Content

This course gives an introduction to petroleum geoscience with an emphasis on exploration. The course aims to give an overview of hydrocarbon exploration in a global context, exploration strategy and investigates some of the main types of geological data used in exploration.

The course is split into four main themes:

  • overview of petroleum geoscience and data
  • the subsurface environment and the major types of data
  • play fairway analysis and elements of the petroleum play
  • examples of petroleum provinces

Students will be introduced to the theory and background concepts in lectures and will be given practical experience of working with geological data in practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge The student can

  • gain an introductory knowledge of the hydrocarbon habitat and exploration approaches
  • understand the types, usage and display of subsurface geological data and the limits on the reliability of such data
  • be familiar with one or more petroleum provinces and the key geological elements of their success/failure

Skills The student

  • is familiar with the petroleum play concept and its components: source rocks, reservoirs, traps, seals and the timing of generation relative to trap formation
  • is able to describe and interpret relatively simple subsurface datasets from wells and evaluate these data to conduct a geological evaluation of a field and undertake a reserves calculation

General competence The student can

  • apply a geoscience vocabulary in describing and discussing geoscientific issues related to petroleum exploration
  • participate to teamwork evaluation of subsurface datasets

Required Previous Knowledge

Introduction to geology

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 1- 2 hours per week for13 weeks

Practicals: 1 - 2 hours per week for 12 weeks covering the following topics: play fairway exercise, log interpretation/formation evaluation, seismic interpretation, ┬┤Taminga┬┤integrated exercise, and hydrocarbon province case study

Feedback on submitted practicals.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Practicals: compulsory participation and hand-in of practicals. All compulsory assignments must be approved to sit the final exam.

Forms of Assessment

Multiple-choice written exam - 4 hours. NOTE: Digital exam, please visit: http://www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2, UiB is closed for teaching and assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment spring semester 2020:

  • Grading scale "Pass/Fail" instead of "A-F"

Examination Support Material

All calculators, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.


Department of Earth Science, studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    03.06.2021, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam