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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5147M Gravity and Magnetic Methods

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Chris Green

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

MSc Exploration Geophysics entrance pre-requisites

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE5157MApplied Geophysical Methods

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module students will learn the theory and practice of gravity and magnetic methods as applied to sub-surface interpretation - especially resource exploration; they will also have an introduction to EM methods.


To understand the application of gravity and magnetic methods to subsurface interpretation - especially resource exploration; to understand the procedures of gravity and magnetic data acquisition and processing, such that they can take part in operations or review the work of others; to apply processing and interpretation tools to derive geological information from gravity and magnetic data sets. To understand the fundamentals of EM methods and how they might be applied.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired an understanding of the practical uses of gravity and magnetic surveys and how they fit into the general process of subsurface interpretation - especially resource exploration. They should be able to:

- Contribute to discussion and planning of gravity and magnetic surveys, considering both theoretical and practical factors
- Plan and execute the processing of gravity and magnetic data
- Perform geological interpretation of gravity and magnetic data together with other information
- Assess the application of EM methods to address geological problems

- Evaluate their own work and the work of others

The learning outcomes will be assessed using a short data-processing report and an independent written report.


The role of gravity and magnetic methods in resource exploration and subsurface interpretation in general; causes of gravity and magnetic anomalies; gravity and magnetic data acquisition (land, marine, airborne, space); gravity and magnetic data reduction; gridding and levelling of gravity and magnetic data; data enhancement processing and lineament mapping; magnetic depth estimation; gravity and magnetic data modelling and inversion; integrated interpretation incorporating gravity and magnetic data; principles of EM Theory; MT, CSEM, MTEM methodology and application.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours104.00
Total Contact hours46.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Completion of practicals and assessments, computer exercises, literature search, reading text books, and revision for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Marked assessment and feedback during practicals and class exercises.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject Report (3,000 words)80.00
ReportObservation Notes from Data Processing Exercise20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The re-sit for this module takes the form of a 2,000 word report based on reviewing and analysing published papers. The re-sit mark provides a new alternative mark for the whole Module. First attempt re-sits will take a similar form to the original assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2023 16:29:08


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