Course description

This course focuses on petroleum exploration geoscience and develops key skills for understanding petroleum systems. You will learn how to evaluate sedimentary basins and leads along with prospect generation. We provide a global overview of major hydrocarbon provinces, as well as current exploration trends. This master course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the oil industry working in petroleum exploration industries.

The program extends for twelve months from early August of the year of entry. It is an intensive program; students average nearly twenty-four hours per week in the classroom during the two semesters of taught courses which are followed by a four month individual research project. The more theoretical topics are addressed during Semester I, while application is emphasized in Semester II. Semester schedules are presented below.

First semester

2351601 Petroleum Reservoir Sedimentary

3 credits

2351602 Geophysics

2 credits

2351603 Tectonics and Structural Geology

3 credits

2351604 Well Log Analysis

2 credits

2351605 Seismic Interpretation

3 credits

2351606 Petroleum Geochemistry

2 credits

2351621 Report Writing and Presentation Skills I

Second semester

2351607 Sequence Stratigraphy

3 credits

2351608 Applied Biostratigraphy

1 credit

2351609 Petroleum Exploration

2 credits

2351610 Reservoir Characterization

3 credits

2351611 Graduate Seminar

2351612 Prospect Assessment

2 credits

2351613 Integrated Oil and Gas Field Study

2 credits

2351614 Geology Field Study

2 credits

2351622 Report Writing and Presentation Skills II

Third semester

2351618 Individual Study

6 credits


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Ten of the fourteen technical courses combine lectures with practical exercises and are examined at the end of the semester during which they are taught. Two courses are class projects and one is a seminar course; these are not examined and neither is the field geology course. The courses are taught by the full-time staff of the Petroleum Geoscience Program plus visiting professors.

Training in the use of technical computer software is incorporated into the program. All students become proficient in interpreting 3D seismic data and well log analysis.

Developing communication skills is another objective of the program. Students are required to give formal oral presentations and submit written reports during the teaching semesters as well as prepare a formal dissertation and oral presentation at the end of their research projects. Additionally, all students are required to take a non-credit general English course in Semester I plus a non-credit English course on written and oral communication skills during Semester II.

Individual research project

Each student is required to design and implement a research project involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of geological and/or geophysical data. Research results are presented in a written report (5,000 words) and an oral presentation (15 minutes) at the end of the project. Students can choose their research project from a wide range of petroleum-related topics, including both surface and subsurface geological and geophysical problems. Thailand and the ASEAN region offer excellent research opportunities in clastic and carbonate sedimentology, structural analysis and reservoir geology.

The Petroleum Geoscience program has access to well data and 2D and 3D seismic data that can be used for subsurface interpretation. Students also are encouraged to select a project from their home country.