spring 2022
GEO-3119 Petroleum Prospecting - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA:  1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester.

UiT Students: 1 February.

Type of course

This course is available as a single course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other programme for basis of admission.

Application code: 9371.

Course content

The course will focus on the whole process with evaluation of petroleum prospects, and the principles used in general prospecting will be discussed. Special attention is put on the interpretation of well logs and prospects interpreted from seismic data. Focus on discussion of uncertainties and pitfalls based on interpretation throughout the course. Students in groups must carry out exercises and argue for their interpretation. The results are to be presented for the class.

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • knowledge of how to perform a general independent interpretation of conventional logs used in the petroleum industry.
  • knowledge of how to carry out standard prospect evaluation, practical use of Petroleum Systems and Play Elements.
  • knowledge to identify the main geological and operational risk elements and be aware of pitfalls/HSE.
  • knowledge about application and award processes on the Norwegian Shelf.
  • knowledge of how to get information from the web page of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
  • knowledge about requirements in connection with a drilling operation.
  • knowledge of the terminology from the petroleum industry, i.e. prospect evaluation, logging and drilling operations and performance when presenting prospects.


The student can

  • perform an independent prospect analysis.
  • present petroleum potential and the exploration uncertainties.
  • perform a general independent interpretation of conventional logs and seismic data used in the petroleum industry.
  • carry out standard prospect evaluations and be able to identify the main geological and operational risks.
  • identify major prospect risk elements; geological risk, Operational risk/HSE, and economical risk.
  • access data at the homepage of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and find information regarding application processes.

General competences

The student can

  • present results individually in plenum based on results agreed in the group.
  • gather necessary information needed for the evaluation of a prospect.
  • present an evaluation of a prospect and argue in front of the audience for his/her findings.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

60 hours of lectures and exercises.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


5 hours written exam that counts 100 % of the final grade.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where F is fail. A re-sit exam will be arranged for students who do not pass the examination for this course.

Compulsory learning activities

Admittance to the exam requires approved exercises.

Recommended reading/syllabus

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: GEO-3119
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