MSc Petroleum Engineering

Fieldwork-based Teaching

This course aims to consolidate the classroom-taught concepts of development geology, with an emphasis on the role of outcrop analogues in understanding subsurface reservoirs, and to introduce the different elements of petroleum plays in an active hydrocarbon basin.

The students document outcrops of units that are direct analogues to the reservoir studied several weeks later in the Production Geoscience Group Project (Sherwood Sandstone, Wytch Farm Field, Wessex Basin).


MSc Metals & Energy Finance


Wessex Geology

MEF students on Wessex Fieldwork

This fieldwork-based teaching complements the "Introduction to Petroleum Geology" course, putting concepts and skills into practice. It aims to review the geological processes that result in the generation, migration, entrapment and preservation of hydrocarbons. This is assisted by the Wessex Basin being an exhumed, partly uplifted, petroliferous sedimentary basin. The course will describe the main productive reservoir intervals of the Wytch Farm Oil Field, particularly the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone and the Lower Jurassic Bridport Sands. This information will be used to discuss broader aspects of the development of the Wytch Farm oil field and to make comparisons to the North Sea Fields.

Active Mining Operations

Metals and Energy Finance students on excursion to South Africa

Students will experience fieldwork-based teaching to understand active mining, downstream metal and mineral processing and energy development. The teaching may happen online due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will provide experience of all aspects of the extraction industry.  It also reinforces the practical application of the theoretical material covered in the first two terms.