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Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Petrology Applied Physics

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.

This prestigious programme has been developed to help address the recognised shortage of skilled petrophysicists in the energy industry. The objective of the MSc is to produce practitioners for the future and is aimed at people from a scientific, mathematic or engineering background, who wish to progress into a petrophysics role. This programme seeks to deliver the practical knowledge and understanding necessary for early career petrophysicists to complement and enrich their job experience, and for more experienced petrophysicists or related disciplines to acquire a master’s degree. The key benefits are: Gain knowledge and understanding of key elements of the Petrophysics discipline; gain confidence in your skills of interpretation and analysis; enhance your career; improve your contribution to your company’s decision making and strategic direction; improve your team working and project management skills; learn from experts in their discipline; guided application of new skills; knowledge and recent developments in petrophysics; achieve a masters degree on successful completion of all the component courses.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.

Full time | King's Campus | 1 year | 01-SEP-17

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Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.

Introduction to Petrophysics and its Role in the Oil and Gas Industry (GL5045) (15 Credits) - Core

This module comes under semester 1. Petrophysics is fundamental to understanding the properties of hydrocarbon fields both for initial static volumes in place and potential and actual dynamic performance. It lies at the centre of all subsurface activities, whether in the context of open-hole evaluation of new wells, cased-hole operations on producing wells, or in an integrated team building reservoir models for asset evaluation, field development or reservoir management. The key aims of this course are to teach: the principles of petroleum exploration, development and production to staff entering the industry for the first time, and enough basic understanding to perform a simple reservoir evaluation.

Coring and Core Analysis (GL5047) (15 Credits) - Core

This module comes under semester 1. Students will learn how to integrate real log and core datasets to fully describe the variation in reservoir properties and how they may be distributed in oil and gas wells. Relating wireline data to core is important, as core analysis provides the only direct and quantitative measurement of the intact reservoir properties and provides essential calibration data for reliable formation evaluation. It provides students with a solid grounding in the acquisition and evaluation of routine (RCA) and special (SCAL) core analysis datasets.

Integrating Petrophysics and Seismic Data for Reservoir Characterisation (GL5049) (15 Credits) - Core

This module comes under semester 1. The key objective of this course is to understand how petrophysical data (core and log), can be used to calibrate and predict the seismic response of hydrocarbon reservoirs. This can be used throughout field life from reducing exploration risk at the early stages to better quantifying the differences seen in time lapse seismic for reservoir management and field development. Students will learn the nature of reservoir models and the petrophysical and other inputs used to construct them, including permeability predictors, upscaling and saturation height functions. The principles of uncertainty management will be described and applied to the petrophysical parameters.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.

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Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2017.

Students should have a 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth, in Engineering, Geoscience, Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Computing Science. Other science qualifications will be considered.

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