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Academic requirements for MSc in Petroleum Engineering

In order to be eligible for master's programmes in Norway, you need to document a bachelor's degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information and requirements for each country. 


International applicants can apply for the following spesialisations within this programme:

  • Drilling and Well Engineering
  • Natural Gas Engineering (Production and process engineering from 2020)
  • Reservoir Engineering

A specialisation may be cancelled if there is a lack of qualified applicants.

In order to be eligible for these specialisations, a Bachelor's degree in the following disciplines is required:

  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Geosciences with at least 20 ECTS credits in petroleum engineering courses

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.

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.


The minimum GPA (grade point average) for admission to this Master’s programme is 60% or 3 on the ECTS grading scale. However, admission to this programme is highly competitive and applicants must demonstrate good academic standards and top grades. Applicants with a grade level equivalent to Second Class Lower Division or lower will not be considered for admission.


How much is 20/30/40 ECTS credits?