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MSc in Petroleum Geoscience​

​JPT/BPP(R2/443/7/0001)07/21


Introduction

Petroleum Geoscience is an interdisciplinary field that applies geoscience principles and quantitative methods in the search and development of commercial oil and gas fields. It includes interpreting, predicting and managing risks and uncertainties in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources. At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, the MSc PetroleumGeoscience Programme is tailored to train young graduates and professionals from the industry in the full range of approaches, methods and techniques to explore and evaluate new oil and gas fields and to characterize reservoirs.

 

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.

 

Programme Objective

  1. Science in Petroleum Geosciences specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions.
  2. Industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.

 

Programme Outcomes

  1. ​Demonstrate continuing advanced knowledge in Science in Petroleum Geosciences and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multidisciplinary context.
  2. Analyze and evaluate critically problems in Science in Petroleum Geosciences particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools and techniques.
  3. Appraise available information and research evidence in Science in Petroleum Geosciences and apply it in the engineering context.
  4. Plan and perform research undertakings in Science in Petroleum Geosciences professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  5. Report technical findings in both written and oral forms.
  6. Recognize the needs for continuing professional development in Science in Petroleum Geosciences.

 

Course Duration and Offering

This course is available in Full-Time only.

Mode Minimum Duration Maximum Duration
Full-Time 18 months 36 months

 

Fee Structure

Local Students

International Students

 

Programme Curriculum Structure

Each student is required to complete 13 core modules, 2 management elective modules and 1 Industry Project. The programme curriculum structure is shown as below:

 

​​MSc PETROLEUM GEOSCIENCE CURRICULUM STRUCTURE ​ ​ ​
Schedule Category​ ​Course Credit Hour​

​Month

1 - 12 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​ ​ ​
​Core ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​1. QAM5112 Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology ​2
​2. QAM5213 Plate Tectonics, Structural Geology and Basin Evolution ​3
​3. QAM5223 Well Logging and Formation Evaluation ​3
​4. QAM5233 Advanced Sedimentology ​3
​5. QAM5243 Advanced Stratigraphy ​3
​6. QAM5313 Seismic Technology ​3
​7. QAM5323 Seismic Interpretation ​3
​8. QAM5413 Reservoir Characterization and Geological Modelling ​3
​9. QAM5423 Reservoir Engineering ​3
​10. QAM5123 Geochemistry, Petroleum System & Basin Modelling ​3
​11. QAM5132 Basin Analysis and Evaluation ​2
​12. QAM5142 Prospect Maturation and Petroleum Economics ​2
​13. QAM5152 Petroleum System Field Work ​2
Management / Business Electives ​14. SBB5022 Business Communication ​2
​15. SNB5052 Project Management ​2
​University Requirement ​16. ​SNB5042 Research Methodology ​2
Month 13-16 Dissertation 17. QAM551A Industry Project​ ​10
 ​ Total 51

 

Programme Module Synopsis

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5112

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology

​​2 credits

​This module provides the fundamentals of petroleum geology with topics relating to the structure and geodynamics of the earth, processes of weathering and erosion affecting the earth, and formation of the various rock types and geological structures. The module also introduces the basics on geochemistry of a petroleum system and the various exploration techniques that are applied to discover and characterize a petroleum system.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5213

Plate Tectonic, Structural Geology and Basin Evolution

​​3 credits

​This module addresses basin formation in the framework of plate tectonics and structural analysis. It provides an overview of the architecture of the different types of sedimentary basins, and includes exercises of seismic interpretation to correctly reconstruct the geometry of various traps. The course and related exercises will focus on two areas with a high oil and gas potential: South East Asia and the Arabian plate.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5223

Well logging and Formation Evaluation

​​3 credits

This module provides the fundamental basics of drilling, well site geology and the conventional geological and petro physical log interpretation. Log data acquisition and tools principles will be presented in order to highlight the significance of the recorded parameters and the impact of uncertainties on the evaluation results. Both rapid evaluation of formation ("Quick Look") and quantitative log interpretation will be practiced.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5233

Advanced Sedimentology

​​3 credits

This module aims to give students a detailed knowledge of clastic and carbonate depositional environments (continental, shallow marine, deep marine) and associated sedimentary architectures and heterogeneities, as encountered both on the field, well logs and cores. It will allow students to understand the formation of HC reservoirs, from deposition to burial and digenetic transformations. The analysis of the evolution of porosity and permeability in sedimentary rocks is also included. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5243

Advanced Stratigraphy

​​3 credits

This module covers the techniques to reconstruct the depositional evolution of sedimentary units, establish a rock unit framework and determine the internal geometry of clastic and carbonate deposits. It leads students to determine the key factors determining the petro physical properties of rocks at basin and reservoir scales to build geological models. The students will also conduct a field trip to Sabah and Sarawak.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5313

Seismic Technology

​​3 credits

The module addresses imaging of subsurface by the seismic method. There is an introduction of wave propagation and an overviewof the acquisition techniques and of the different of processing sequences with practical exercises. A particular attention is paid to the signal processing tools. Signal processing exercises are done with the help of a CD ROM. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5323

Seismic Interpretation

​​3 credits

The first part will introduce the basis of seismic interpretation applied to structural analysis of sedimentary basin. Application of methods and tools will focus on a 3D survey over an oil field in the Baram Delta. The second part aims at presenting the principle of commonly used geophysical methods (AVO/AVA, seismic inversion, and seismic attribute) for characterizing reservoirs.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5413

Reservoir Characterization and Geological Modelling

​​3 credits

This Module comprises of reservoir characterization and modelling routinely used in the industry. The presentation will illustrate the stochastic and volumetric modelling, volumetric and uncertainties calculations. Geomodelling tools are used to assist in data integration among seismic production and well logs. New perspective in reservoir characterization and modelling is highlighted.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5423

Reservoir Engineering

​​3 credits

This module provides fundamental knowledge of reservoir engineering: rock characterization, reservoir fluid characterization, production mechanisms, field development strategy and introduction to reservoir simulation. At the end of the course, the students will have a practical/industry oriented knowledge to describe the behavior of a reservoir and understand the principles of reservoir engineering.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5123

Geochemistry, Petroleum System and Basin Modelling

​​3 credits

This course will focus firstly on the fundamentals of organic geochemistry applied to the formation and to the analysis of oil and gas in sedimentary basin and to the assessment of petroleum systems. The second part will be devoted to the theory and practice of basin modelling using commercial software's.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5132

Basin Analysis and Evaluation

​​2 credits

The module addresses the basin analysis/basin evaluation as a tool for the choice of the acreage in the exploration process. It integrates data from structural geology, geochemistry, basin modelling, seen in previous modules and stratigraphic aspects seen within this module. Each chapter is illustrated by some examples and exercises. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5142

Prospect Maturation and Petroleum Economics

​​2 credits

The first part of this course in capital budgeting deals with the selection and valuation of investment projects within the upstream petroleum industry. It borrows elements from microeconomics, finance theory and oil taxation. The second part course presents all exploration, development and production techniques involved in the upstream business. With the support of a computer-assisted game, the tools used in the upstream petroleum industry will be introduced and manipulated, in order to acquire the vocabulary and the understanding of the techniques. Participants are invited to play roles in a business unit team, each of them will have the opportunity to get familiarised with different positions of an exploration/production company. At each step of the game, uncertainties in the techniques and in the business, will be introduced and assessed. Uncertainty is also part of the final evaluation of the business unit performance.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM5152

Petroleum System Field Work

​​2 credits

The locations of the fieldwork shall be determined after careful check on the availability of the petroleum system parameters. Students shall analyse and interpret the data collected and present and document for assessment. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SNB5052

Project Management

​​2 credits

This course is designed to equip students with the tools and techniques in project management. This course will give students the opportunity to understand and apply the components in project management i.e. project life-cycle; strategy, structure and culture of project management; project selection; project leadership; scope management; risk management; cost estimation and budgeting; scheduling; resource management; project evaluation and control. Students will also be able to apply relevant tools and techniques to manage projects in a cost-effective manner.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SBB5022

Business Communication

​​2 credits

​The course covers principles of business communication and provides insights into real world business communication situations. It emphasizes on developing interpersonal skills, communicating effectively in teams and across different cultures. Students will learn how to write short business messages, short reports and proposals effectively. It also helps students master business presentation skills. This course also includes "invited speaker" sessions where experienced speakers from the targeted businesses are invited to share their experiences with the students.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SNB5032

Research Methodology

​​2 credits

The course covers Fundamentals of Research Methodology and Applied Sciences.

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

QAM551A

Industry Project

​​10 credits

The projects are provided by the industry in topics among others are: Basin evaluation, Reservoir modelling, Seismic Technology, prospect maturity and non-seismic technique. The total duration of the project is 4 months with months of project proposal and examination and preparation of final report on dissertation. 

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.

 

CONTACT

Programme Manager

Dr Abdul Halim Abdul Latiff
Email: abdulhalim.alatiff@utp.edu.my