Graduate Certificate Programme
The NCPGG Graduate Certificate programme is designed for people having at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree with a major in geology or geophysics. It is well suited to those with prior experience in the industry who wish to expand or update their knowledge and skills in the many aspects of petroleum geology and geophysics. This is accomplished via an intensive coursework curriculum. The programme was designed after extensive consultation with the industry, and is periodically updated to maintain its relevance. The Centre is widely recognised as providing essential training for a career in the industry. Centre staff have a very strong combination of industrial and academic experience, ensuring that the student receives a solid grounding in the principles of exploration and development geoscience, whilst being exposed to the practical aspects of the oil and gas industry gained through years of experience around the world.
The Programme is a full-time course taking
approximately six months to complete, commencing at the end of January
each year. It consists of five months of course work and a major
Graduate Certificate students take all of
the NCPGG Postgraduate coursework programme, in common with B.Sc.(Honours)
students. This starts in late January, and finishes at the end of June
each year. Courses are presented in modular format, ie as a series of consecutive
short courses, varying between one and nine days in length, depending on
the topic. This is different from the "interleaved" presentation of units
common in most undergraduate courses. This format is used in order to allow
external lecturers to teach and industry personnel to attend the courses.
The courses are presented by Centre staff,
academics from other institutions, and industry experts.
The NCPGG's multidisciplinary philosophy
is reflected in the course curriculum. Approximately 20% of the course
time is devoted to advanced geological and geophysical topics. These are
alternative options which allow the student some specialisation. The remaining
80% of the course time comprises a core set of geotechnical topics which
are taken by all students. These cover the basic concepts and techniques
which need to be understood by any professional in the petroleum exploration
industry, regardless of their specialisation. Such topics include structural
geology, sandstone reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, wireline logging
and seismic interpretation. The operational, commercial, managerial and
legal aspects of petroleum exploration are also covered. There are several
field trips, including an 8 day excursion to central Australia, and where
possible, a visit to an area of current drilling and production operations.
Most of the courses involve a considerable amount of practical work, and
where appropriate, students obtain hands-on experience with industry-standard
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obtain more information on aspects of the coursework.
At the completion of the coursework, a student
will research and write a major essay on a relevant topic agreed upon by
the student and Centre staff. It is expected that this should take no longer
than six weeks, enabling the student to complete all requirements
for the Certificate by mid August.
Coursework assessments are based on a combination
of written and oral examinations and the marking of practical exercises.
The manner of assessment varies from one unit to another, depending on
the amount and type of material presented. Results for individual topics
are weighted according to the length of the course to arrive at a total
mark for the coursework.
The essay is assessed by Centre staff,
and counts for 20% of the final mark. All assessments are made in accordance
with the standards and procedures of the University of Adelaide.
The NCPGG Graduate Certificate Programme currently
(July 2003) costs $9,500 for both Australian and international students.
Students enrol in
If you would like further information on any
aspect of the NCPGG Graduate Certificate Programme, please click on this
link to obtain contact details.