University of Barcelona

Reservoir Geology and Geophysics

Objectives and competences


The main objective of the master's degree Reservoir Geology and Geophysics is for students to gain a thorough understanding of geological and geophysical techniques (currently in common use, newly introduced or in development) in order to apply them to the study and effective characterization of structural systems and sedimentary reservoirs. The aim is for students to gain familiarity with the most modern techniques and tools currently being developed and used by leading research teams and by the main companies engaged in exploration for natural resources. Students on the master's program Reservoir Geology and Geophysics will:

  • Obtain highly qualified professional preparation and be able to meet the most demanding requirements of companies exploring and managing sedimentary reservoirs.

  • Enhance their knowledge of methodology in order to work successfully as researchers in the analysis and modelling of geological reservoirs and structural systems.

  • Expand and consolidate their knowledge of the characterization and modelling of processes governing the genesis and subsequent evolution of sedimentary geological reservoirs.

  • Acquire this training within a solid conceptual framework of geological and geophysical knowledge, both general and specialized, enabling students to develop general standards for the application of these techniques in each circumstance.

    To achieve these general objectives, the program seeks to complete the education of each student in the concepts, methodologies and techniques used by research teams involved in the geological and geophysical characterization of sedimentary reservoirs.

  • Competences

    In addition to developing the generic competences covered by all university master's degrees, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

    • understand and apply resources for characterizing a sedimentary reservoir;
    • classify and analyse sedimentary materials and tectonic structures;
    • understand the procedures for modelling structural systems of the earth's crust;
    • understand geological systems of the earth's crust in order to improve the quantification and prediction of the phenomena involved in its generation and evolution;
    • incorporate information obtained from multidisciplinary data into a single model;
    • understand the fundamental mathematical, physical and geological principles applicable to geophysics;
    • identify the predominant processes in any geodynamic setting and determine the corresponding time scales and spatial scales;
      ' display a critical approach to the use of different geophysical and geological techniques;
    • prepare, process, interpret and present geological and geophysical data using the appropriate techniques, and solve numerical problems;
    • understand petroleum systems, seek out potential reservoirs and evaluate their behaviour;
    • apply acquired knowledge and a range of methodologies to analyse large-scale and small-scale processes.

    Complete list of competences.