Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry

This course is no longer delivered

This course:

  • provides an insight into current understanding of the mechanisms of petroleum expulsion from source rocks, and of petroleum transport through carrier beds to reservoirs;
  • introduces the key properties of the rocks through which petroleum migrates;
  • introduces the physical, chemical and biogeochemical processes occurring in reservoirs, and describes the techniques by which geochemists study these processes.

Objectives and Outline

Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry

Course Objectives

On completion of the course, delegates will understand the phase behaviour of petroleum in the sub-surface and will be familiar with the mechanisms of petroleum expulsion from source rocks and petroleum migration in carrier beds. They will know that porosity, permeability and capillary entry are key rock properties and will understand how these change with increasing compaction and cementation. They will also have learned about the processes that mix petroleum in oilfields and how their inefficiency provides the geochemist with powerful tools to study reservoirs; they will understand how biodegradation affects oil in reservoirs. Finally they will be familiar with recent research developments in the application of functionalised petroleum compounds such as phenols and carbazoles to tracing migration routes in the subsurface.

Delegates will be able to perform a simple Geochemical Prospect Evaluation. They will be familiar with software used to calculate the volume and phase of petroleum expelled from source rocks and migrating to reservoirs. They will be able to integrate a variety of geochemical data to make interpretations about the physical structure of petroleum reservoirs.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: overview and importance
  • Movement of fluids in the subsurface: fluid potential, pressure, density, buoyancy, capillary pressure, wettability
  • Key rock properties: porosity, permeability, capillary entry pressure
  • Kinetic models of petroleum formation
  • Petroleum primary migration: Petroleum Generation Index, Petroleum Expulsion Efficiency, mass balance models
  • Petroleum secondary migration: mechanisms and efficiency
  • Petroleum biodegradation
  • Reservoir Geochemistry: principles and applications to exploration, production and appraisal.

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry


Course content

To attend the course, you should have knowledge/experience equivalent to the content of the following Modules:

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8624) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry


Newcastle University
  • Dr Martin Jones (Course Leader)
  • Dr Cees van der Land


Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry


  • Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).