Masteroppgave i Petroleum Geosciences Engineering (GEOMAS)

The master's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies to solve a given assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a Master in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering. 

The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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Master's theses vary from one to antother. Normally, the master's thesis will result in a report.

One example of a report is shown below. It is emphasized that this is only an example. Each Department may also have their own examples or requirements in their guidelines. You should agree with your advisor in advance how your project should be carried out and documented.

At an overall level all theses will have a similar structure. A general structure to a thesis is: an introduction presenting the background of the thesis, its purpose and contents, relevant theory, existing methods and models relevant to the project, laboratory etc; analyses/experiments/developments; results and observations; discussions; and conclusions.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed and passed his or her master's thesis has acquired the following learning outcomes:
  • is able to present and communicate extensive independent work
  • can describe the problem clearly and masters the terms and expressions within the academic field
  • has acquired an overview of relevant international literature, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field, and manages to deal critically with various sources of information
  • is able to analyse relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research
  • masters analysis of relevant scholarly tools and techniques
  • is able to give an account of the academic problem and analyse results and independent conclusions according to the problem
  • is able to reflect upon and evaluate his/her own work in a critical manner
  • is able to defend high moral standards in scientific-, as well as other-, contexts, thus being a good role model

Required prerequisite knowledge

In order to qualify for writing the master's thesis, the student must have passed at least 50 ECTS credits in accordance with his/her education plan by October 15th the semester before writing the thesis, or alternatively, 80 ECTS credits in accordance with his/her education plan by January 15th when writing in the spring semester.

If a student does not meet any of these requirements, she/he may apply for writing the thesis in the fall semester- or write the thesis in the next spring semester.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis 1/1 4.5 Months Letter grades

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

It is important for both student and supervisor that you establish a good relationship during the thesis semester. Practice regular meetings where the student presents and discusses the work during the process. A good rule is that the student should have written/produced something as a basis for meetings with the supervisor.

It is an advantage to start writing the thesis as soon as possible.

To make a preliminary outline is often smart. During the working process, the different chapters and sub-chapters will gradually be filled with its content.


We recommend all students to read the student guide for bachelor's- and master's theses: 

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis (MPGMAS_1) 30

Open for

GEOMAS is open for students at Master in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences and Master in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering. 


The syllabus can be found in Leganto