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“A sedimentary basin is the result of a multitude of geologic, geophysical and geochemical processes which acted on its components and products during its geologic history. A fundamental understanding of these processes occurring at multiple scales is a pre-requisite for successful petroleum exploration.” …… Prof. Rolando di Primio

The following courses constitute the modules of this unique programme:

> Sedimentary and Structural Geology
This module lays the foundations by providing in-depth understanding and knowledge of the structure, formation and evolution of sedimentary basins. The development of sedimentary basins is one of the fundamental building blocks for hydrocarbon formation, migration and accumulation. The structure and geometry of the basin along with tectonical elements such as faults play an important role in focusing, providing conduits or barriers to hydrocarbon flow. Hence the more specialised topics in this module will deal with structural restoration, faults, traps and seals.

  • Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins
  • Structural Geology and Structural Balancing
  • Traps, Faults and Seals

> Modelling
This module focuses on geo-processes modelling of geological scenarios based on current geological information. A large portion of the lectures will involve hands-on instruction, exercises and discussion of multi-dimensional models using state-of-the-art software. The module will commence with basic 1 and 2D models. The advanced topics will cover 3D, risk analysis and assessment, and source rock and facies modelling.

  • Petroleum System Modelling I (1D, 2D and 2D tectonic link)
  • Petroleum System Modelling II (3D modelling and risk assessment)
  • Source Rock Deposition and Depositional Modelling

> Geochemistry
This organic geochemistry module focuses primarily on the geochemistry of petroleum systems. In the introductory and fundamental section topics such as source rocks and petroleum type prediction will be covered. The advanced lecture series will cover a variety of topics ranging from maturity, organic facies, biomarker to oil-oil correlations.

  • Petroleum System Geochemistry I (source rocks, petroleum type prediction)
  • Petroleum System Geochemistry II (Oil-SR, oil-oil correlation, maturity, facies, biomarkers, etc.)

> Numerical Analysis and Regional Studies
This module consists of three equally important sections – numerical analysis which provides the foundations for the various hydrocarbon relevant numerical modelling routines, the overview of know regional petroleum systems worldwide, and examples of how the techniques presented and discussed in this course are actually used in petroleum exploration. This latter topic will be presented by an expert panel. The numerical analysis part is vital to understand the mathematical and physical principles behind such numerical simulations. It provides an accurate understanding of some of the basic assumptions and possible pitfalls of computational modelling. The case studies provide valuable examples of a variety of basin setting and scenarios. This is of exceptional interest and value to any petroleum geoscienctist.

  • Elements of Numerical Analysis
  • Regional Hydrocarbon Systems
  • Petroleum System Analysis in Exploration and Development

> Exam and Thesis Presentation
The Masters programme combines face-to-face teaching/learning sessions with reading assignments and project work. The last six months of the programme can be used to prepare for a final exam. Also, students are requested to prepare their individual master thesis. In order to share insight gained with fellow students as well as an interested audience from the corporate and academic world, it is envisaged to combine final exams in Bremen with the opportunity to present core findings of the thesis project. Thus, this module closes with 2 exam days and 2 days of presentations and discussions.