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Department of Energy Resources

The Department of Energy Resources is a strong academic environment with international top-level research and education.

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About the department

The Department of Energy Resources boasts an international environment for staff and students. The research is associated with societal challenges and opportunities stemming from environmentally friendly energy and climate solutions. This includes production and storage of energy resources and waste in the subsurface, geosciences, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), modelling and decision & data analytical methods and applications. The department offers study programs relevant for subsurface resource evaluation, storage, and production of natural resources and modelling for improving decision-making and value creation. The study programs also provide general knowledge in areas such as geotechniques which is relevant for construction and archeology.

We have broad collaboration with other universities, research institutes and industry. The department has an international focus with a large degree of English as teaching language and mobility of students and staff. The Department of Energy Resources has ca. 45 members of staff, including PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

We also have a student union; Synergy. Read more about the union here.

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The department of Energy Resources offers a growing range of studies, from bachelor to Phd level.

The students' geology laboratory. Foto: UiS/Mari Løvås

See full list of study programs on our Norwegian pages.

Bachelor in Earth and Energy Resources

The Bachelor program in earth and energy resources is based on geology and technology related to energy resources. Water, wind and sun contribute to the energy mix that will consist of both fossil energy and renewable energy – in the foreseeable future.

Master of Science in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

The energy sector requires engineers who understand the intricacies and importance of transitioning to a sustainable energy mix. A combined education in geosciences and reservoir engineering will prepare you to be a critical part of the future low-carbon world. Taught in English.

Master of Science in Computational Engineering

MSc in Computational Engineering makes you eligible for the most demanding and interesting tasks in the private or public sector as an engineer, researcher, or leader. Taught in English.

Energy Technology and Geosciences – doctoral program

The PhD program in petroleum technology has specializations in reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, natural gas engineering and petroleum geoscience engineering.

OUR research

Research at the department

Research at the department of Energy Resources covers a broad amount of areas within energy resources, increased subsurface understanding, near surface geophysics, technology for increased oil recovery (IOR), and decision and data analysis.

The department is responsible for the management of the former National IOR Centre (2013-2021) and the National Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Utilization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS2030; 2022-2029).

"Smart water"

Polymer, lab, smartvann. Foto: Elisabeth Tønnessen

"Smart water" for use to improve oil extraction is a field of research at UiS. 

Decision and data analysis

data analytics, AI, maskinlæring. Foto: Shutterstock

Verdi kan berre skapast gjennom våre beslutningar. Value can only be created through our decisions. Uncertainty is a reality in all significant decisions. You can not make good decisions without taking into account uncertainty.

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR)

Light detection and ranging

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) is about planning and collecting lidar data, as well as processing and interpreting 3D exposure models.

Provenance research

Udo Zimmermann

Provenance research tracks transport routes of sediments. Such investigations are made for various reasons, for example for paleogeographic, paleogeological and tectonic reconstructions of basins, basin environments and continental plate configurations. Research can help reconstruct both the pool and the basement revolution, for example by estimating the erosion rate. It can also be used for archeometry to reveal the origins of materials used by early humans, and in forensic science.

Regional basin studies

Basin studies focus on improving the understanding of paleogeographic evolution, tectonic and sedimentary interaction, and petroleum systems by integrating surface and subsurface data.

Structural geology

Structural geology is the study of tectonic deformation. We focus on deformation of the upper crust and how it affects erosion and sedimentation in sediment basins, form faults and folds that divide reservoirs, and allow materials such as salt to flow through.

Geographic information science

Geographic Information Science (GIS) research focuses on the analysis of spatial relations, defines uncertainty, and uses GIS for decision-making.


Geophysics uses measurements of physical quantities to retrieve and analyze information about the geological properties of the earth and other planets. Geophysical methods are used in many disciplines within science and engineering. Specialized areas include environmental geophysics, exploration geophysics and near-surface geophysics.

Subsurface Utilization for Renewable Energy (SURE)

The Subsurface Utilisation and Renewable Energy group (SURE) addresses the latest issues related to the energy transition, underground hydrogen storage, geothermal heat production and geo-sequestration of carbon.

National Centre for Sustainable Utilization of Energy Resources on the Norwegian Shelf

NCS logo

The research centre NCS2030 will find solutions that maximize the value creation of energy resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, while at the same time achieving the the net zero emission (NZE) goals.

The National IOR Centre of Norway

The National IOR Centre of Norway was established in 2013 by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, following a national competition announced by the Research Council of Norway. The center will find new solutions for the Norwegian continental shelf with the help of world-leading research and close collaboration with industry. The center contributes research that will increase the recovery rate of petroleum resources from mature and new fields on the Norwegian shelf.

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