The broad palette of course options available at UEA provided a solid grounding in multiple aspects of the Earth Sciences along with the methodologies and technologies to investigate and characterize them. This integrated tuition in the earth's processes; present day, paleo, sub-surface, terrestrial, marine and atmospheric provided a rather unique skill set which facilitates a holistic evaluation of individual ' Hydrocarbon Elements' and thus the 'Habitat of Hydrocarbons' and where to discover them. An understanding of the complex, inter-related, and at times unknown subtleties of 'Mother Nature' makes for a realistic and informed assessment of Exploration Risk.
Courses and areas covered within this first degree included:
Geophysics (Seismic Reflection, Refraction, Gravity, Magnetics, Electrical methods); Sedimentology and Earth History; Quaternary Geology;
Geochemical Cycles; Oceanography; Hydro Geology;
Project entitled “Causes of the Magnetic Anomaly and Depth to Basement in Varangerfjorden, Northern Norway” – Required 7 weeks field work in the Arctic plus follow on lab work.
Having being identified as a student with an inquisitive and questioning mind I channeled this into enhancing my education by way of this M.Sc Course which, while continuing to encompass a broad range of Earth Science disciplines, focused down more on the specifics related to the world of Petroleum Geology and Exploration.
Courses and areas covered within this second degree included:
Geophysical surveying both onshore and offshore including Seismic, Gravity and Magnetic methods. Marine Geology, especially the geology of continental margins. Sedimentology and the Geology of Petroleum (Part of Imperial College London's Petroleum Geology Course).
Comprehensive literature review; Research Project (submitted as a formal dissertation entitled “An Environmental Model for Zechstein Carbonates in UK Quadrants 28 & 29 of the North Sea”.
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