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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Petroleum Exploration

Programme code:MSC-PET/EXUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Douglas Paton Contact

Total credits: 300

Entry requirements:

The minimum requirements for the course are:

(1) A UK BSc.(Hons) Class 2(1), Germany CGPA of 2.0 or better, USA Bachelor Degree CGPA 3.0 or overseas equivalents in a relevant subject e.g. geology, earth science, geosciences. Relevant graduate-level work experience will be taken into account.
(2) English language to IELTS/TOEFL level as specified for all SEE taught-course Master’s programmes, and any other generic University-wide requirements
(3) computer literacy in PC/Windows/MS Office environments
(4) Mathematics to the equivalent of a B or higher in a UK A-Level

The application process will be administered by the University of Leeds

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The examination board responsible for the programme will be the existing School of Earth and Environment Examination board for MSC-SGEOL/GP. Appointment of subsequent external examiners will be the responsibility of the Programme Management Board.

Programme specification:

The programme provides a fully integrated approach to the hydrocarbon system and delivers an Exploration Geoscience course that is distinct from any other course globally. It features one year study at the University of Leeds and a second year at Jacobs University, Bremen with a qualification jointly awarded by both institutions.

The first year focuses on theory and methods used to develop geological models. It will comprise modules from the existing MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics and include Seismic Interpretation, Geophysical methods, 3D Structural Visualisation and modelling, sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics and reservoir structural geology.

Year two will consider how geological models are used as the input for petroleum system modelling. This will include theory and application of organic geochemistry, sedimentology, petroleum system modelling and will integrate the AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award.

The schedule will be:

Year 1 Semesters 1 and 2 (October – April). Take 120 credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS at Jacobs University) taught-course modules at University of Leeds following MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics.

Year 1 (May – September). For students that are being sponsored by companies this will be an opportunity for the students to return to their host company. Other students will be encouraged to undertake summer internships through company links.

Year 2 Semesters 3 and 4 (September to May). Take 120 credits credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS at Jacobs University) of taught-course modules at Jacobs University.

Year 2 Semester 5 (May to August). Students undertake a 60 credit independent project that could be based in either University of Leeds or Jacobs.

Fieldwork will form an essential component of the course and will include:
• assessment of compressional and extensional tectonics - South West England (6 days);
• implications of orogenic deformation on hydrocarbon systems - Spanish Pyrenees (12 days);
• petroleum Systems fieldwork Excursion I (Harz - 1 week);
• petroleum Systems fieldwork - Excursion II (Helgoland / Piesberg / Ardenne - 2 days + 3 days);
• fault analysis and deformation bands - NE England (1 day);

Opportunity to gain additional skills through Jacobs skills development module, topics include:
- Language Courses (German etc)
- Resource Geology (ore deposits)
- Stable Isotopes
- Radiogenic isotopes
- Geostatistics
- Programming in Python/IDL/Matlab

Two additional components will be included within the programme to ensure a distinct course.

Imperial Barrel Award – this is run by the American Association of Petroleum Geologist, which is the leading international professional body for the hydrocarbons industry. This award is an exploration competition that provides students with a realistic exploration exercise at the same time as giving them the opportunity to compete with other universities at both a European and international levels.

Jacobs Basin Dynamics Hydrocarbon Conference – This is a week long series of talks and workshops delivered by renowned experts from industry and academia who share their experience and insights into the industry. Half-day presentations will be mixed with (panel) discussions and exercises. This is the participants’ access route to highly specialised expertise in modelling as well as knowledge, hints and experience from around the globe.

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

SOEE5132MReservoir Structural Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of Basins15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5157MApplied Geophysical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5174MIntegrated Sub Surface Analysis30 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5722MApplied Structural Models20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5733MGeomechanics10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5752MApplied Geodynamics and Basin Evolution15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5763M3D Structure: Techniques and Visualisation15 creditsSemester 1

Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

JAJB0010Petroleum System Geochemistry and Processes30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0020Sedimentary Geology10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0030Petroleum System and Depositional Modelling20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0040Numerical Analysis10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0050Regional Petroleum Systems10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0060Petroleum Systems Fieldwork20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
JAJB0070Skills Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5111MStructural Geology Independent Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 04/11/2016


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