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Petroleum Systems

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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

Learning outcome

The course will give the student a general understanding of how the interactions between several factors like (e.g. source rock type, migration, temperature history, seal quality, timing of petroleum generation, etc) determine petroleum type and phase in traps.
The student should be able to;
  • Understand the complex interplay between parameters that determine petroleum type and phase in traps.
  • Understand the risks associated with evaluation of exploration areas
  • Identify which parameter in the chain of petroleum evaluation that has the highest risk

General competence:
The student will in the petroleum industry be able to work in teams with other explorationists to evaluate the petroleum potential in study areas

Required prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor degree in Petroleum Geology or Bachelor degree in Petroleum Technology


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FBasic calculator.1)
1) colored pencils and ruler

Coursework requirements

There will be one assignment evaluated by approved/not approved. The assignment must be approved for the student to be able to take the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Course coordinator
Sverre Ekrene Ohm
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Lectures and exercises

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020