Master of Science in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

Do you want to lead in the future energy transition?

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Facts
Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

English

ECTS credits

120

Start of studies

August every year

Sustainable subsurface utilization

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The energy sector requires professionals 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.

Career prospects

After successfully completing this programme, the candidate is qualified to work both in the public and private energy sectors, particularly where subsurface competence for both energy production and storage are required. The present and future energy mix scenarios and climate challenges demand professionals with a holistic understanding of the subsurface, in order to achieve sustainability in the coming decades. The professionals from this programme have an integrated education that provides the competence necessary to face these challenges. 

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 programme 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 programme in disciplines as varied as the professional career paths. 

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

After having completed the master’s programme in Energy, Reservoir, and Earth Sciences, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence: 

 

Knowledge 

K1 - The candidate has advanced knowledge about the subsurface, the rocks and fluids that constitute the crust of the Earth, and the properties and structures they exhibit. 

K2 - The candidate has advanced knowledge about the physical and chemical processes operating in the subsurface on geological and human time scales, and how these processes shape the subsurface as we interpret it today. 

K3 - The candidate has advanced knowledge about subsurface reservoirs, the natural resources (e.g. hydrocarbons, water, geothermal) or compounds (e.g. CO2, hydrogen) they can contain or store. 

K4 - The candidate has the knowledge to develop, implement and manage optimal engineering solutions for the production or storage of natural resources or energy in an environmentally responsible manner. 

K5 – The candidate can evaluate the applicability of innovative processes for subsurface solutions. 

 

Skills 

S1 - The candidate is able to interpret and integrate static and dynamic subsurface data to construct geologically realistic models of the subsurface and its uncertainties. 

S2 - The candidate is able to use experiments and models in order to understand physical and chemical processes operating in the subsurface and predict the outcome of these processes. 

S3 - The candidate is able to integrate the S1 and S2 skills in order to support decision-making for the optimal and environmentally responsible management of reservoirs in the energy sector. 

S4 - The candidate can apply relevant methods and conduct an independent, limited research or development project within the area of expertise under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics. 

S5 – The candidate can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems. 

 

General Competence 

G1 - The candidate can collaborate and discuss with their scientific peers on the relevance of reservoir management for energy and storage purposes. 

G2 - The candidate is able to communicate to the general public in a scientific manner the relevance of the subsurface and reservoir management for energy supply and decarbonisation. 

G3 - The candidate is able to collaborate with the industry and government sectors to design optimal and environmentally responsible solutions for the utilization of reservoirs in the subsurface. 

G4 - The candidate is able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve subsurface-based problems in both academic and industry settings. 

G5 - The candidate is able to transfer knowledge and skills to subsurface problems in new, innovative, or other relevant fields than the energy or storage fields. 


 

Admission requirements

A bachelor's degree within geosciences or reservoir engineering or a related field is required.

The degree must include minimum 30 ECTS credits in geosciences, reservoir engineering, and/or subsurface resources.

All applicants must have at least 20 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus (with minimum 10 ECTS credits in mathematics and minimum 10 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics).

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree. Applicants with a result Second-class lower Division or lower are not qualified for admission.

Supplementary rules for admission

Application and admission

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Study plan and courses

Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Compulsory courses

    • Subsurface Geology

      Year 1, semester 1

      Subsurface Geology (GEO501)

      Study points: 10

    • Reservoir Physics and Chemistry

      Year 1, semester 1

      Reservoir Physics and Chemistry (GEO502)

      Study points: 10

    • Reservoir Geophysics

      Year 1, semester 1

      Reservoir Geophysics (GEO503)

      Study points: 5

    • Reservoir Evaluation Technology

      Year 1, semester 1

      Reservoir Evaluation Technology (GEO504)

      Study points: 5

    • Subsurface Interpretation and Modelling

      Year 1, semester 2

      Subsurface Interpretation and Modelling (GEO505)

      Study points: 10

    • Reservoir Modelling and simulation

      Year 1, semester 2

      Reservoir Modelling and simulation (GEO506)

      Study points: 10

    • Reservoir Storage and Production

      Year 1, semester 2

      Reservoir Storage and Production (GEO507)

      Study points: 5

    • Energy Transition and Sustainability

      Year 1, semester 2

      Energy Transition and Sustainability (GEO508)

      Study points: 5

    • Masteroppgave in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences

      Year 2, semester 3

      Masteroppgave in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences (GEOMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • 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 (GEO608)

          Study points: 10

        • Developing Research and Presentation Skills

          Year 2, semester 3

          Developing Research and Presentation Skills (GEO620)

          Study points: 10

        • Modeling and Computational Engineering

          Year 2, semester 3

          Modeling and Computational Engineering (MOD510)

          Study points: 10

        • Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers

          Year 2, semester 3

          Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers (PET685)

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

        • Topics on Geosciences

          Year 2, semester 3

          Topics on Geosciences (GEO560)

          Study points: 5

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

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical Training in Computational Engineering or Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences (GEO680)

          Study points: 10

        • Modeling for Decision Insight

          Year 2, semester 3

          Modeling for Decision Insight (MOD500)

          Study points: 10

        • Sustainable Entrepreneurship

          Year 2, semester 3

          Sustainable Entrepreneurship (MSB415)

          Study points: 10

        • Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration (PET515)

          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

Schedule for the exchange

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's program in Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences.

The 3rd semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of flexible courses and electives. During the exchange semester you can choose subjects relevant to the master program, and also depending on personal interests and career opportunities. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department. It is important that the subjects/ courses from abroad not overlap with subjects you have already taken. An advice is to think about your professional career and your fields of specific interest.

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks.

Find out more

Svalbard
Students may choose to take courses at UNIS in Svalbard. More information here.

Contact your student adviser at the Faculty if you have questions about guidance and pre-approval of courses.

Karina Sanni

General questions about exchange:

Go to the exchange guide in the Digital student service desk

Student exchange

  • All countries

    Aachen University of Technology

    Er du på utkikk etter en spennende mulighet i Tyskland er RWTH Aachen University det naturlige valget! Universitetet streber etter å bli det beste tekniske universitetet i Tyskland og er på god vei til målet. Bli med på en del av reisen – bli utvekslingsstudent i Aachen!

    Colorado School of Mines

    Colorado School of Mines (CSM) er et offentlig universitet kjent verden over for sin gode ingeniørutdannelse.

    The University of Adelaide

    Universitetet ligger i Adelaide, Australias femte største by. Med sine 1.2 millioner innbyggere er Adelaide en trygg, kosmopolitisk by som er betraktelig rimeligere å bo i enn flere sammenlignbare byer i landet. Universitetet er medlem av Group of Eight, en koalisjon av de åtte ledende universitetene i Australia.

    University of Catania

    Bli Erasmus+ student og studer ved det eldste universitetet på Sicilia!

    University of Coimbra

    University of Coimbra i Portugal er blant verdens eldste universiteter med røtter tilbake til 1290. Universitetet er et høyt rangert breddeuniversitet med åtte fakulteter. Faculty of Science and Technology tilbyr en unik utvekslingsmulighet for masterstudenter på petroleumsgeologi.

    University of Houston

    Houston ligger i den amerikanske delstaten Texas, og er kjent som verdens energihovedstad. Byen er også et finans- og oljesentrum i USA.

    University of Leoben

    I Leoben er det gode muligheter for å kombinerer studier, fjellturer og kultur!

    University of Milan-Bicocca

    Do you want to enjoy a city life style in Northern Italy and receive education abroad from the second highest ranked Italian University? Apply for a exchange semester in the Lombard region!

    University of North Dakota

    University of North Dakota er et offentlig forskningsuniversitet med historie tilbake til 1883. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen luftfart, helsefag, ernæring, energi og miljø og ingeniørfag. I tillegg får du ekte nordamerikansk campus-stemning.

    Uppsala universitet

    “In Uppsala you walk in the gardens of Linnaeus, follow in the footsteps of Nobel laureates, and at the same time meet today’s and tomorrow’s smartest teachers and researchers.”

  • Australia

    The University of Adelaide

    Universitetet ligger i Adelaide, Australias femte største by. Med sine 1.2 millioner innbyggere er Adelaide en trygg, kosmopolitisk by som er betraktelig rimeligere å bo i enn flere sammenlignbare byer i landet. Universitetet er medlem av Group of Eight, en koalisjon av de åtte ledende universitetene i Australia.

  • Austria

    University of Leoben

    I Leoben er det gode muligheter for å kombinerer studier, fjellturer og kultur!

  • Germany

    Aachen University of Technology

    Er du på utkikk etter en spennende mulighet i Tyskland er RWTH Aachen University det naturlige valget! Universitetet streber etter å bli det beste tekniske universitetet i Tyskland og er på god vei til målet. Bli med på en del av reisen – bli utvekslingsstudent i Aachen!

  • Italy

    University of Catania

    Bli Erasmus+ student og studer ved det eldste universitetet på Sicilia!

    University of Milan-Bicocca

    Do you want to enjoy a city life style in Northern Italy and receive education abroad from the second highest ranked Italian University? Apply for a exchange semester in the Lombard region!

  • Portugal

    University of Coimbra

    University of Coimbra i Portugal er blant verdens eldste universiteter med røtter tilbake til 1290. Universitetet er et høyt rangert breddeuniversitet med åtte fakulteter. Faculty of Science and Technology tilbyr en unik utvekslingsmulighet for masterstudenter på petroleumsgeologi.

  • Sweden

    Uppsala universitet

    “In Uppsala you walk in the gardens of Linnaeus, follow in the footsteps of Nobel laureates, and at the same time meet today’s and tomorrow’s smartest teachers and researchers.”

  • United States

    Colorado School of Mines

    Colorado School of Mines (CSM) er et offentlig universitet kjent verden over for sin gode ingeniørutdannelse.

    University of Houston

    Houston ligger i den amerikanske delstaten Texas, og er kjent som verdens energihovedstad. Byen er også et finans- og oljesentrum i USA.

    University of North Dakota

    University of North Dakota er et offentlig forskningsuniversitet med historie tilbake til 1883. Universitetet er kjent for sin forskning innen luftfart, helsefag, ernæring, energi og miljø og ingeniørfag. I tillegg får du ekte nordamerikansk campus-stemning.

Frequently asked questions

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

spørsmål og svar SOS

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?

English.

I'm an international student and interested in applying for this program. Where can I find more information related to international admissions?

You can find more information at this page.

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 Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences. UNIS has available courses in both the spring semester, the autumn semester and the summer course. Feel free to contact UNIS contact Karina Sanni: karina.sanni@uis.no 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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Department of Energy Resources

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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