You will study 180 credits in total during your Exploration Geophysics MSc, in which you will learn how geophysical methods are applied to diverse subsurface challenges. You will be required to study nine compulsory modules, eight worth 15 credits, and the dissertation project worth 60 credits. These are the modules relating to this programme of study for the academic year 2021/22. All modules are subject to change.
Seismic Fundamentals and Acquisition – 15 credits
A successful seismic campaign starts with understanding the key fundamentals of the seismic method, and the modern approaches by which seismic data are acquired. In this module, you will review basic concepts in seismic exploration, including data sampling concepts, and discover how marine and seismic surveys are designed and implemented.
Geological and Physical Methods of Subsurface Characterisation – 15 credits
Refresh your fundamental skills of subsurface geology and geological processes, including with a field trip to study the exposures of North Sea geology on the Yorkshire coast. Then, you will discover how the properties of rocks are expressed in petrophysical models to assess the resource and storage potential of a subsurface reservoir.
Near Surface Geophysics – 15 credits
Discover how geophysical methods, including electrical, electromagnetic and seismic approaches, are applied to interpret near surface structures for environmental and engineering applications. The module culminates in a residential field trip, where you will appraise geophysical survey methods for their ability to understand the shallow structure of a field site.
Computational Inverse Theory – 15 credits
Computational methods are at the heart of many geophysical processes and applications. In this module, you will discover and implement the maths behind the methods, and build your own software programmes for analysis and plotting.
Seismic Data Processing – 15 credits
Learn the apply the principles of seismic data processing, including modern approaches for noise reduction, multiple suppression, velocity modelling and migration, for surface and borehole data. A practical class includes an example of fast-track processing of a basin-scale seismic dataset, using industry-standard analysis software.
Seismic Reflection Interpretation and Sequence Stratigraphy – 15 credits
In a highly workstation-based module, you will learn how to produce geological models from processed seismic data, plus how extended visualisation methods can be used to add confidence to interpretation. You will extend your geological understanding with the concepts of sequence stratigraphy and reservoir geology..
Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation – 15 credits
In this module, you will bridge the gap between rock and fluid physics models and their expression in geophysical data. Discover how we quantify and interpret the fluid component within a subsurface reservoir or storage facility, and monitor its development through time.
Gravity and Magnetic Methods – 15 credits
Learn the principles and practice of the methods of gravity and magnetic surveying, for mapping basin-scale structures and prospective mineral reserves. The module also shows how the same targets are expressed in electromagnetic induction data.
Exploration Geophysics – Project and Dissertation – 60 credits
Drawing on the concepts learned during the taught-course, you will apply your geophysical knowledge to a genuine research challenge – often in collaboration with an external industrial and/or academic partner. In addition to honing your technical skills in a chosen exploration geophysics topic, you will learn how to report and present your research in thesis, poster and seminar formats.