Petroleum Technology – PhD in Technologiy and Natural Science

The programme is structured with coursework of 30 credits and a research component of 150 credits. The learning outcomes are partly covered by programmes which are further divided into three types: 1) programme courses (10 credits), 2) study courses (10 credits) and 3) project courses (10 credits).


Programme courses:

There are two programme courses: TN900 Philosophy of science and ethics (5 credits) and TN910 Innovation and project comprehension (5 credits). Both courses are compulsory.


Study courses:

The following study courses are offered:

GEO906 Geoscience applications (10 credits) 

PET906 Advanced drilling technology and modelling (10 credits)

PET 907 Colloidal systems (10 credits)

PET 904 Capillary pressure, hysteresis and wettability (10 credits)


Students select one of these topics depending on their chosen specialization. Study courses from other universities, etc., can also be selected, as long as the course covers the learning outcomes for the programme. The faculty doctoral committee must approve external courses.


Project courses:

The content of project courses is customized according to the needs of the PhD project and carries a total of 10 credits. Learning outcomes will also be covered through completion of research documented by the doctoral thesis, disputation, participation at conferences with presentations, research/study abroad and preparation of scientific papers.


GEO907 Project course in petroleum geology

PET928 Project course in drilling technology

PET929 Project course in natural gas technology

PET930 Project course in reservoir engineering

             PET931 Project course in investment and decision analysis within the petroleum sector


The PhD programme in Petroleum Engineering is made up of the following areas:

•                Reservoir engineering

•                Drilling and wells

•                Natural gas technology

•                Petroleum geology


The PhD programme in Petroleum Engineering is connected with research within each of these specialist areas.

Within the area of reservoir engineering, research includes modelling and measuring physicochemical processes from pore-scale and upwards with a view to increase the amount of extraction from rocks containing oil. Research is also being carried out into modelling the connection between the flow of fluid and rock mechanics for the same purpose.

More extensive research into drilling and wells will involve automated drilling processes, well design, completion and drilling operations.

More extensive research into natural gas is intended to include research into all themes related to the production, flow, processing and transport of natural gas.

The main aim of petroleum geology research is concentrated in understanding the processes and mechanisms that form reservoirs and petroleum systems. This includes describing the properties of reservoirs and the formation, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons. 

Kilde: CP Published 22.12.2014