Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Norway is recognized worldwide as a leader in the advances of offshore petroleum. With Stavanger being the oil capital of the North Sea, the Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger has close ties with the local and international industry.

Published Updated on
About the programme
Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

English

ECTS credits

120

Start of studies

August every year

petroleumsstudent på laboratorium

The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is uniquely focused on the specific needs of the upstream petroleum industry and explores challenges currently being faced by practicing petroleum engineers.

The degree in Petroleum Engineering has been offered by our institution since 1977 and is at the forefront of petroleum engineering education. Numerous events, conferences, and company presentations are organised in the city and at the university throughout the year, which allows the students to build a network within the industry.

The programme provides an excellent basis for PhD studies for those who wish to pursue a career in education or research.

Career prospects

The master programme in Petroleum Engineering educates highly qualified engineers for a wide range of jobs in the oil and gas industry. This is an international industry, and master students in petroleum engineering will have many opportunities on the international jobs market after completing their degrees

 

The general goal of the programme is to provide the candidate with a broad knowledge base to help manage the world`s petroleum resources in the most profitable and sustainable way. 

A Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering gives a solid foundation for admission to PhD studies in the areas relevant to the chosen academic specialisation. In particular, the PhD studies in energy and petroleum technology are relevant

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.

Learning outcome

After having completed the master’s degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competences:

Knowledge

K1: The candidate has advanced knowledge within the field of petroleum engineering and specialised insight into a particular area in this field.

K2: The candidate has in-depth knowledge of scientific theories and methods connected to the subject area. The candidate can apply this knowledge to new areas within the subject area and analyse technical issues based on the history, tradition, distinct nature, and societal importance of the subject area.

K3: The candidate can apply this knowledge to develop, manage and implement petroleum engineering solutions within the oil and gas sector.

Skills

S1: The candidate can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within petroleum engineering, and work on practical and theoretical issues independently.

S2: The candidate can independently carry out a specialised research or development project within petroleum engineering under supervision and in line with current ethical norms of research.

S3: The candidate can solve petroleum engineering problems by integrating different types of data used in the oil industry.

S4: The candidate can use state-of-the art technology and manage, develop and carry out processes within petroleum engineering.

General Competence

G1: The candidate can analyse relevant, professional, research and ethical issues.

G2: The candidate can apply her/his own knowledge and skills to new areas to carry out advanced assignments and projects.

G3: The candidate can communicate information relating to independent work to other petroleum engineers. The candidate has an excellent command of the terminology related to the subject area.

G4: The candidate can communicate, not just with other petroleum engineers, but also with the general public on professional issues within the subject area, thus contributing to the innovation process with new ideas.

Academic requirements

A bachelor's degree within the following disciplines is required:
- Energy- and Petroleum Engineering
- Geosciences with at least 20 ECTS credits in petroleum engineering courses

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other engineering disciplines may also be considered if they document at least 30 ECTS credits in petroleum engineering courses.

All applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus.

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.

What are petroleum engineering courses?
Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering must document that they have taken petroleum engineering courses. These courses include, but are not limited to: geology, geosciences, drilling, reservoir technology, oil and gas production, well logging, drill and well fluids, thermo- and fluid dynamics.

Supplementary rules for admission

Application and admission

Deadlines

and other admission requirements

Study plan and courses

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

    • Reservoir Physics and Chemistry

      Year 1, semester 1

      Reservoir Physics and Chemistry (GEO502)

      Study points: 10

    • Directional Drilling and Well Flow Engineering

      Year 1, semester 1

      Directional Drilling and Well Flow Engineering (PET505)

      Study points: 10

    • Computational Reservoir and Well Modeling

      Year 1, semester 1

      Computational Reservoir and Well Modeling (PET510)

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in Petroleum Engineering

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master Thesis in Petroleum Engineering (PETMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • Recommended Electives 2nd semester

    • Modern Well Design and Downhole Drilling Physics

      Year 1, semester 2

      Modern Well Design and Downhole Drilling Physics (PET535)

      Study points: 10

    • Modeling and Control for Automation Processes

      Year 1, semester 2

      Modeling and Control for Automation Processes (PET575)

      Study points: 10

    • Advanced Well and Drilling Engineering

      Year 1, semester 2

      Advanced Well and Drilling Engineering (PET580)

      Study points: 10

    • Catalysis for Energy Conversion

      Year 1, semester 2

      Catalysis for Energy Conversion (PET615)

      Study points: 10

  • Other electives 2nd semester

    • Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Conservation Laws

      Year 1, semester 2

      Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Conservation Laws (MOD600)

      Study points: 10

    • Process Simulation

      Year 1, semester 2

      Process Simulation (PET555)

      Study points: 10

  • 3rd semester at UiS or Exchange Studies

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Recommended electives 3rd semester

        • Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies

          Year 2, semester 3

          Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies (PET640)

          Study points: 10

        • Well Integrity and Permanent P and A

          Year 2, semester 3

          Well Integrity and Permanent P and A (PET675)

          Study points: 10

        • Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers

          Year 2, semester 3

          Economics and Decision Analysis for Engineers (PET685)

          Study points: 10

        • Well Completion and Intervention

          Year 2, semester 3

          Well Completion and Intervention (PET690)

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

        • Oilfield Production Chemistry

          Year 2, semester 3

          Oilfield Production Chemistry (MLJ560)

          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

        • Practical Training in Petroleum Engineering

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical Training in Petroleum Engineering (PET695)

          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

Study abroad

 

Schedule for the exchange 

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's programme in Petroleum Engineering.

This semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives. During the exchange semester you can choose courses similar to the master program. 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 courses you have already taken. 

 

More opportunities 

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

Find out more.

 

Contact person

Supervision and pre-approval of courses:

Anita Malde Rasmussen

 

General questions about exchange:

Go to the exchange guide in the Digital Service Desk

Student exchange

  • All countries

    Colorado School of Mines

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

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    Technical University of Clausthal

    Clausthal University of Technology (CUT) er et internasjonalt universitet med sterke tradisjoner for kvalitetsutdanning og tette bånd til næringslivet. Det ligger i fjellområdet Harz, et typisk turiststed for friluftsliv og vintersport.

    Technical University, Turin

    Italia venter - Reis på utveksling til Politecnico di Torino!

    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.

    The University of Western Australia

    University of Western Australia (UWA) er et av de ledende universitetene i Australia som medlem av den såkalte Group of Eight, og rangert blant de 100 beste universitetene i verden. Et opphold ved dette universitetet vil sikre deg et godt faglig utbytte.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    The University of Western Australia

    University of Western Australia (UWA) er et av de ledende universitetene i Australia som medlem av den såkalte Group of Eight, og rangert blant de 100 beste universitetene i verden. Et opphold ved dette universitetet vil sikre deg et godt faglig utbytte.

  • Austria

    University of Leoben

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

  • Germany

    Technical University of Clausthal

    Clausthal University of Technology (CUT) er et internasjonalt universitet med sterke tradisjoner for kvalitetsutdanning og tette bånd til næringslivet. Det ligger i fjellområdet Harz, et typisk turiststed for friluftsliv og vintersport.

  • Italy

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    Technical University, Turin

    Italia venter - Reis på utveksling til Politecnico di Torino!

  • 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

Here are some of the most common questions we get about studying geo and energy related subjects at the University of Stavanger.

spørsmål og svar SOS

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 this study part time?

We do not have a separate part-time plan for this study. But you get the right to study for 3 years by admission to the master's program, with the possibility of a fourth year to complete. This means that you can set up an individual education plan that is not a full-time study. It is a good idea to contact the study coordinator so that you can make a plan together.

How do I find my way around campus?

Our electronic map (MazeMap) takes you straight to the room or auditorium you are looking for. The map also contains other important information about buildings and outdoor spaces.

Does UiS have an overview of laboratories and lab equipment? What kind of microscopes are available?

The URLabs platform gives you a good overview of what equipment is available in the various laboratories at UiS. Here you can also book an appointment and check out the manuals and tools tutorials.

Contact

seniorkonsulent
51831704
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty Administration TN
Kontor for utdanningsadministrative tjenester
Instituttleder
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering

ACT3 – CEMENTEGRITY

The CEMENTEGRITY project seeks to develop and test better materials for sealing wellbores exposed to CO2 stored in under...

SWIPA Group

This research group works on topics related to geopolymers, subsurface well integrity, plugging and abandonment.

Won their group in Drillbotics

Five UiS students made it all the way to the top in their group in the Drillbotics contest.

UiS team in the PetroBowl finals

Five petroleum engineering students from University of Stavanger reached the finals in the prestigous PetroBowl contest.

Top students win industry awards

Repsol, IKM Acona and Vår Energi awarded a total of nine prizes and NOK 275,000 to bachelor and master students at UiS.

Test facilities – Energy Systems Engineering

Distributed energy conversion technologies, using fuel flexible solutions, energy storage and smart technologies are ess...

Energy Systems Engineering – projects

Running research projects in the Energy Systems Engineering group.

Modeling, Simulation, Optimization, Management and Techno-economy

Energy transition towards clean, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions is on top of the global, national, and loc...

Energy Conversion Technologies and Multi-Vector Systems

Energy transition towards clean, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions is on top of the global, national, and loc...

Energy Systems Engineering – collaboration

Our work connects researchers, educators and students at UiS with partners in industry, business and public sector with ...

Energy Systems Engineering – education

In this page you find the courses taught at University of Stavanger related to Energy technologies and system integratio...

Applied AI for Energy Systems Engineering​

We use state-of-the-art tools like advanced physical models, artificial neural networks, and integrated design, control ...

Energy Systems Engineering – research

The group focuses on developing innovative techno-economically sustainable solutions and has a broad network of academic...

Energy Systems Engineering

Energy transition towards clean, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions is on top of the global, national, and loc...

Awards to the best petroleum students

The best first year master students in petroleum geosciences and petroleum engineering got a well-deserved Christmas pre...

Software Donations

Research and education today cannot be conducted without using state of the art software products. For an academic insti...

Applied AI and Digitalization in Drilling

The Applied AI and Digitalization in Drilling Group at IEP, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering at the Univer...

Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering

The Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering (IEP) conducts research within drilling and well engineering, energy ...

Applied AI and machine learning for energy and petroleum engineering

Due to an increase in the amount of data available through technological advancements, AI and machine learning approache...

Energy Engineering and Geoscience - PhD

Energy Engineering and Geoscience is a subfield within the doctoral programme in Science and Technology at UiS. The subf...