GEO9200 – Basin analysis – principles and applications

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Course content

The course presents theories of basin formation in various types of geotectonic setting, basin infill dynamics, subsidence history and consequences for reservoir and source rock development and the petroleum system. Subjects to be discussed include physical state of lithosphere, mechanisms of sedimentary basin formation by stretching, strike-slip, flexure and compression, effects of mantle dynamics, basin infill mechanisms and depositional systems, basin stratigraphy, subsidence and thermal history, changes of reservoir and petrophysical parameters during burial and tectonic processes, and application to the petroleum system, leading towards the play concept

Learning outcome

To give a quantitative as well as qualitative fundament for analysing sedimentary basins, particularly from seismic data


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Master degree or corresponding type of degree or education

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in geological processes, structural geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy.

HMS0504 – Field Safety OR MNHMS0015FS – Introduction to Field Safety (discontinued)


We reserve the right to cancel teaching in this course in semesters when less than 3 students are admitted.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral exam after the seminar week, counts 100%. Grades: Pass/No pass on a PhD scale.

Language of examination

In this course may any written exam questions or assignment questions be available in English only.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2018

The course is not taught in the spring 2019.


Spring 2018

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