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Master of Science in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

Do you want to lead in the future energy transition? More information to come.

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2 years, 4 semesters

Number of study places

20 for local applicants 10 for international applicants

ECTS credits


Language of instruction


Study start

August every year

Sustainable subsurface utilization

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.

The energy sector is changing rapidly with increased focus on energy mix scenarios, renewable energy, and decarbonization of the environment. With the use of digital leading-edge technology, improving engineering efficiency is becoming a major focus for the field. The subsurface, whose main use has been for fossil fuel extraction, is fast becoming the main target for CO2 and hydrogen storage and geothermal energy. By using the subsurface for alternative storage purposes, a low-carbon society can be reached by the end of the century.

This MSc program will prepare you for a career in subsurface production and storage of energy (e.g. gas, geothermal) and waste (e.g. CO2). You will apply leading-edge technology to real-world scenarios in a fast-paced and international environment. This MSc program, full-time over two-years, will cover in-depth topics from geology, fluid flow in porous media, CO2 disposal, increased oil recovery, energy transitions, and decision-making.

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Academic requirements

A bachelor's degree within geosciences or reservoir engineering or a related field, which includes 20 ECTS credits in mathematics (with 10 ECTS credits in mathematics and 10 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics) and 30 ECTS credits in geosciences, reservoir engineering, and/or subsurface resources.

Application and admission

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Study plan and courses
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  • Compulsory courses

  • 3rd semester at UiS or Exchange Studies

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Recommended electives 3rd semester

        • Integrated reservoir management: From data to decisions

          Year 2, semester 3

          Integrated reservoir management: From data to decisions

          Study points: 10

        • Developing Research and Presentation Skills

          Year 2, semester 3

          Developing Research and Presentation Skills

          Study points: 10

        • Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          Study points: 10

        • Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers

          Year 2, semester 3

          Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

        • Topics on Geosciences

          Year 2, semester 3

          Topics on Geosciences

          Study points: 5

        • Practical Training Course in Computational Engineering or Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical Training Course in Computational Engineering or Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

          Study points: 10

        • Modeling for Decision Insight

          Year 2, semester 3

          Modeling for Decision Insight

          Study points: 10

        • Modeling and Computational Engineering

          Year 2, semester 3

          Modeling and Computational Engineering

          Study points: 10

        • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship

          Year 2, semester 3

          Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship

          Study points: 10

    • Exchange 3rd semester

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Student exchange
  • All countries

Frequently asked questions

See some of the most common questions about this study programme.

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What career options do I have with this degree?

Depending on the chosen elective courses, graduates of the program can pursue a career in a range of different roles including geologist, geophysicist, petrophysicist, engineering geologist, subsurface data scientist and reservoir engineer. While most UiS graduates are traditionally employed in the oil and gas industry, a growing number of geoscientists are working in other sectors with renewable energy, mining, construction, waste, and water management. In addition, candidates from this program can work in academic and research institutions or pursue a PhD program related to research and development technology for the subsurface and related areas. Graduates prepared to embark on an academic or research career may pursue a PhD program in disciplines as varied as the professional career paths.

What language is the program?


Can I work while I study?

This is a full-time program, but students may find time to work a part-time job during the study. Maintaining full-time employment during this program is not recommended.

I don’t have an engineering BSc. Can I still take this degree?

Yes. This MSc is not an engineering degree. Please check the educational prerequisites.

Since this degree has a geology component, are there field trips?

Yes. There are required field trips as part of the courses because we cannot learn everything in the classroom.

Are there student organizations or clubs?

There is an active student life within the department with professional associations and a student-run club for all students enrolled in BSc or MSc programs in the Department of Energy Resources.

Is it possible to take the study as a distance student?

Some of the subjects included in the study program may be taken digitally as a distance student. However, several of the subjects on the program have compulsory laboratory activities, which requires that one is present. You can always consult with the study coordinator or lecturers if you are wondering if a specific course can be completed digitally.

Can I take courses in Svalbard as part of the degree?

Yes, as a student with us, we recommend that you take courses at the University Center on Svalbard (UNIS) as part of your degree in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering. UNIS has available courses in both the spring semester, the autumn semester and the summer course. Feel free to contact UNIS contact Karina Sanni: or check UNIS's website for more information.

When and where can I travel on exchange?

We recommend the 3rd semester as an exchange semester, but it is also possible to travel on an exchange in the 2nd semester. We have several agreements in and outside Europe.


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

The department boasts an international environment, with scientific staff conducting research into energy resources, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), decision analysis and geology.

The study programmes at the department cover search and exploration of petroleum and natural resources. Internationalization is a priority, with the development of study programs taught in English and high mobility among scientific staff and students.

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