Sedimentary Basins, Palaeoclimate and Hydrocarbon Resources – University of Copenhagen

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Sedimentary Basins, Palaeoclimate and Hydrocarbon Resources

Sedimentary Basins, Palaeoclimate and Hydrocarbon Resources is a specialisationon the MSc programme in Geology-Geoscience. Below, you can read the part of the curriculum that describes the specialisation and see an illustration of which course of study the specialisation offers.

The specialisation provides specific competences, skills and knowledge in the following areas:

Knowledge about:

  • The essential elements in analyses of sedimentary source areas, including geology, provenance studies, sediment flux and drainage patterns.
  • The nature and significance of flora and fauna in various sediments.
  • Climate archives, geochemical and sedimentary proxies.

Skills to:

  • Participate in and undertake the planning of a geological study.
  • Classification of sedimentary basins in a plate-tectonic framework, and description and interpretation of basin-filling in a tectonic-stratigraphic framework.
  • Identification, characterisation and interpretation of major deposit systems, with the aid of correlations of outcrop profiles, borehole logs and seismic profiles, based on seismic and sequence stratigraphy and seismic geomorphology.
  • Analysis of multiple palaeoclimate-related data sets, interpretation of processes and the links back to the observed data.
  • Identification, description and interpretation of the most significant palaeoclimatic aspects of correlation of outcrop profiles and geochemical/sedimentary proxies, using stratigraphic principles, including chemostratigraphy.

Competencies to:

  • Identification and explanation models for potentially important sedimentary resources, including hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins.
  • Presentation of a synthesis of the formation, stratigraphic development and resources in a sedimentary basin on the basis of existing data.
  • Analysis of geological climate archives based on field observations or geochemical and sedimentary proxies.
  • Evaluating the validity of palaeoclimatic archives and model results by means of comparative studies.

Programme structure:

Compulsory courses: 22,5 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 22,5 ECTS – see list of courses at the bottom of this page
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Interpretation of Reflection Seismic and Wireline Log Data Sedimentary Basins – Evolution, Environments and Resources (part 1)
Sedimentary Deposits: Modern and Ancient 
Year 2 Thesis

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You are obliged to choose at least one of the courses from this list:

In addition, you must choose two courses from the list below. Please note that "Field and Methods Course in Geology-Geoscience" and "Project in Practice" count as two courses each: