Course content

This course introduces you to the interpretation of seismic reflection data. First, the basic principles and limitations of the seismic method are reviewed, before structural and stratigraphic interpretations are applied to 2D-seismic data. The main part of the course deals with 3D-seismic data and interactive interpretation on a workstation, including introduction, structural and stratigraphic interpretation, reservoir identification and evaluation, horizon and formation attributes, visualization. The course is completed by project work analysing a 3D-seismic dataset from the Norwegian Continental Shelf and presentation of the results in a written report. The results are discussed in relation to selected key scientific papers from the study area.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you are able to

  • explain basic principles associated with the interpretation of seismic data
  • apply modern interpretation techniques/tools in an interactive workstation environment
  • identify various structural and stratigraphic features in seismic data
  • describe the role of seismic data in integrated basin analysis
  • present project work and results in a written report
  • compare and discuss the results in relation to previous work in the study area

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other master's degree programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The first part consists of lectures and seminars in combination with mandatory practical exercises. In the second part, the students carry out an extensive project work (3D-seismic interpretation) which ends with a written project report. One of the mandatory exercises and the project report count towards the final grade.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Mandatory exercises must be approved before you can sit the final written exam.
  • A written report on an individual exercise counts 10% towards the final grade
  • The written project report counts 30% towards the final grade.
  • The final written exam counts 60% towards the final grade.
  • All component parts must be passed separately in order to pass the course.

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 4, 2022 6:17:58 AM

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