Course content

This course provides an introduction to reservoir geophysics/seismic with special emphasis on an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach. The topics are central to those planning to work as geologists/geophysicists within the petroleum industry.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course

  • you are familiar with seismic attributes and can carry out AVO analyses using Hampson-Russel software
  • you can do calculations based on Gassmann-Biot theory
  • you understand the use and basic processing of 4D seismic, 4C (four-component) seismic and CSEM (electromagnetic data)
  • you can explain the role of reservoir simulation, rock physics and seismic as used in reservoir monitoring

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


4 hours of lectures and 1 hour of problem-solving per week (total of 12 weeks). A complete intensive mandatory data lab course within reservoir seismic processing employing Hampson-Russel software (approx. 25 hours). From the lab course, a data assignment shall be submitted that counts 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 Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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.


  • The data assignments count 30% towards the final grade.
  • A final written exam counts 70% towards the final grade.
  • Both the data assignments and the final written exam 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.

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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) Aug. 20, 2022 7:17:16 AM

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