Compulsory courses
Master Thesis Year 2 / Semester 3
The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a given assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer.
The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.
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Study points: 30
Course coordinator:
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Recommended courses 1st and 3rd semester
Structural Styles Year 1 / Semester 1
Based on the concept of structural styles, this course provides an overview of hydrocarbon-bearing structural
assemblages in extensional, contractional strike-slip, salt tectonics and shale tectonics settings, and the techniques used to interpret them and unravel their evolution.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz
Seismic Reflection Methods Year 1 / Semester 1
Seismic reflection methods constitute the main geophysical tools used in the oil industry for exploration and production of hydrocarbons. In order to carry out proper and valid interpretation of seismic data, it is essential first to have a thorough understanding of the geophysical principles behind the different aspects of seismic data acquisition and the various modules involved in seismic data processing.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Wiktor Waldemar Weibull
Sequence Stratigraphy and sedimentology Year 1 / Semester 1
This course is designed to understand and interpret the depositional reservoir architectures of clastic and carbonate sedimentary depositional systems, the resultant stratal geometries and their evolution through time. The course aim is to give the student knowledge of depositional systems, within a chronostratigraphic sequence stratigraphic context, in order to understand and be able to predict the sedimentary elements (source rocks, reservoirs and seals) of the petroleum system. Knowledge of important stratigraphic trapping mechanisms associated with eustatic sea level lowstand conditions, proven by global analogues, will allow the student to identify and explore for previously unexplored unconventional trap types.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Chris Parry
Reservoir Characterisation Year 1 / Semester 1
Petroleum geologists need to adapt permanently to modern developments in the application of analytical techniques besides the standard geophysical, structural and stratigraphic methods used in the normal workflow. This course will introduce various methods used in petroleum geology which are aimed to understand source, reservoir and seal rocks of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The student will be introduced to the principles of state-of-the-art methods and theory behind these.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Udo Zimmermann
Seismic Analysis and Inversion Year 1 / Semester 1
This course covers important and modern seismic interpretation methods with practical applications within exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The course defines a link between geology and geophysical data, and presents methods for extraction of geological information from seismic data. Practical methods for prediction of lithology and pore fluid from seismic data is a central part of the course.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Arild Buland
Petroleum Systems Year 1 / Semester 1
Learn about Petroleum system analysis which includes:
  • Source rocks: depositional environment, quality, petroleum generation potential, maturity
  • Migration of petroleum from source to trap
  • Relation between petroleum phase in trap and seal quality
  • How to reveal the origin of petroleum (type of source rock from which it was generated)
  • Basin modeling; How subsidence history, heatflow and conductivity guides timing of petroleum generation

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Study points: 10
Course teacher:
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Developing Research Skills Year 1 / Semester 1
This course is an elective which aims to help students improve their research, writing, and presentation skills in preparation for the thesis. The course is handled as a seminar and in close collaboration with the selected supervisor.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Lisa Jean Watson
Other courses 1st and 3rd semester
Topics on Geosciences Year 1 / Semester 1
This course covers a special topic in Geosciences, e.g. Sedimontology-Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry. The topic is taught by an international instructor, during a period of one week. The evaluation is based on a course project.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz
Modeling for Decision Insight Year 1 / Semester 1
Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Reidar Brumer Bratvold
PVT of Petroleum Reservoirs and Fluids Year 1 / Semester 1
Understanding petroleum reservoirs rocks, their properties and the pressure, volume and temperature (PVT) conditions that affect their fluids is part of the basic knowledge that both geoscientists and engineers need to confront on a daily basis in the petroleum industry.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Skule Strand
Reservoir Geomechanics Year 1 / Semester 1
Evaluation of in situ reservoir mechanical behaviour requires relevant input data. In addition to the fundamentals of geomechanics (theories of elasticity and failure mechanics, borehole stresses, and acoustic wave propagation), a major part of this course will thus include the important task of obtaining parameters that are relevant for geomechanics field application, be it from laboratory tests or from analyses of field data.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Pål Østebø Andersen
Formation Evaluation Year 1 / Semester 1
- Formation evaluation (~50% of content) based on data from logs, cores and WL/well tests for evaluation of lithology, reservoir quality, volume of hydrocarbons, and segmentation/barriers.
- Special Core Analysis (~20% of content) for determination of relative permeability and capillary pressure.
- Well testing (~30% of content) for analysis of test data from oil and gas wells, including data from wireline-based operations, and standard methods of practical applications of the theory to determine reservoir and well parameters from test data.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Pål Østebø Andersen
Recommended courses 2nd semester
3D Geomodelling Year 1 / Semester 2
Students will learn how to build 3D structural geomodels and generate facies/property models.
Students will learn the basics of building 3D geological models working through a full structural and property modelling workflow. Students will build their own models using the Petrel software. They will also receive training in the use of RMS. The course will include a mandatory field course to Greece where outcrops will be mapped for the purposes of building structural and facies models.
Please note that there will be an extra cost for taking part in this excursion to cover travel and food costs. Due to logistical reasons, there is a maximum limit of 25 students.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Christopher Townsend
Seismic Interpretation Year 1 / Semester 2
This course will provide advanced skills in subsurface interpretation by integrating various type of geological and geophysical information. Worldwide real case examples using leading edge software and methodologies will exposed students to different geological scenarios for understanding of the subsurface. the knowledge acquired in the course is of high relevance for the energy sector within hydrocarbon exploration and production, CO2 sequestration, geothermal among others. The course includes two parts:
1- An exploration interpretation project. this project might be part of the know Imperial Barreal Award AAPG competition
2- a reservoir interpretation project from Norwegian Continental Shelf
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Geostatistical Modeling Year 1 / Semester 2
Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Reidar Brumer Bratvold
Integrated Reservoir Management From Seismic Field Development Planning Year 1 / Semester 2
Students will learn, get familiar, and apply the following concepts:
  • Closed Loop Reservoir Management
  • Big Loop Model conditioning
  • Multidisciplinary way of thinking
  • Integrated workflows

The course will introduce an integrated reservoir management workflow that starts with seismic and ends with the field development planning.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Remus Gabriel Hanea
Other elective courses 2nd or 4th semester
Electronmicroscopy Year 1 / Semester 2
The course gives an introduction to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for characterization of microstructures in materials science.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Vidar Folke Hansen
Reservoir Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
Water injection is the most common method for pressure support and displacement of oil from the reservoir. The chemical composition of ions in the injection water can cause precipitation of scale in the reservoir and in the production well, influence the formation strength/stability, and change the reservoir wettability that influences the oil recovery. Good knowledge about reservoir chemistry can minimize problems related to reduction in injectivity and productivity, and at the same time optimize oil recovery.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Skule Strand
Exchange possibilities 2nd or 3rd semester
Exchange - 30 SP Year 1 / Semester 2
Exchange possibilities 2nd and 3rd semester
Exchange - 60 SP Year 1 / Semester 2

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.