Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2019-2020. Endringer kan komme.

The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a given assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer.
The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.

Learning outcome

  • Understanding of the fundamental and advanced principles of petroleum geosciences that can be applied to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in an optimal manner
  • Expertise in modern tools (e.g. software) for the analysis of geological and geophysical data
  • Be able to analyze qualitatively and quantitatively geological data

  • Have the ability to apply and integrate the knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, economics, computing, and engineering to solve petroleum geosciences problems.
  • Be able to apply the scientific method to solve a geosciences problems
  • To manage, develop and implement strategies for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons together with other engineering areas.

General competence
  • The ability to develop applied research and to communicate results effectively in written and oral form.
  • The ability to work in professional teams and interact with colleagues and the public in an ethical, professional and safe manner.
  • The ability to apply leading edge technologies amd take decisionsin in order to optimise the use of corporate and personal Resources.


Siden masteroppgavene er så forskjellige er det vanskelig å sette opp en felles mal for gjennomføring og rapportering. Normalt vil mastteroppgaven resultere i en rapport.
Nedenfor er det gitt et eksempel på et rapportoppsett. Det understrekes at dette er et eksempel og at det oftest vil være nødvendig med tilpasninger. De enkelte instituttene kan også ha egne eksempler eller krav til maler.
Bli enig med faglig ansvarlig om hvordan din oppgave skal gjennomføres og dokumenteres. På et overordnet nivå vil imidlertid mange besvarelser ha en rimelig lik struktur:
Først gis en innledning som redegjør for bakgrunn for oppgaven, formål med oppgaven, og hva den skal inneholde. Deretter gis en oversikt over relevant teori, eksisterende metoder og modeller som er av betydning for oppgaven, laboratorieoppsett, etc. Så følger en presentasjon av de gjennomførte analyser/eksperimenter/utviklinger og resultatene av disse. For ikke-eksperimentelle oppgaver kan resultatene omfatte (videre)utvikling av prinsipper, metoder og modeller. Det bør inngå en drøfting av de resultater som er fremkommet. Hvordan er de resultater som er oppnådd sett i forhold til eksisterende teori, metoder og modeller? Hvilke konklusjoner kan trekkes? Oppgaveteksten vil i mange tilfeller gi en føring på hvordan innholdet bør organiseres. Hvis en opererer med flere problemstillinger kan det være hensiktsmessig å fullføre en problemstilling med teori, resultater, diskusjon før en starter på neste.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Mark Supporting materials
Master thesis1/1 A - F
Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10 section 4: A candidate will generally have one attempt at a performing examination or Bachelor's or Master's thesis. a) Upon application, a second attempt may be granted if a candidate wishes to improve their grade. In such cases, the candidate may not be permitted to revise a previously submitted response, but must write a new response on a new basis b) Upon application, a candidate who has not passed the bachelor's or master's thesis may be granted a second attempt. In such cases, a reworked version of the bachelor's or master's thesis may be submitted, or a completely new thesis may be submitted. This must then be submitted by the specified deadline and will count as a new exam attempt. c) The Dean himself shall issue supplementary regulations for the completion and supervision of Bachelor's and Master's theses. A bachelor´s or a master´s thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.
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Course teacher(s)

Method of work

It is important for both student and supervisor that you establish a good relationship during the thesis-working project. An example of this is practicing regular meetings where the student present and discuss the work during the process. A good rule is that the student should have written/produced something as a basis for meetings with the supervisor.
It is an advantage to start the writing of the thesis as soon as possible.
To make a preliminary table of contents is often smart. During the working process, the different chapters and sub-chapters will gradually be filled with it's content.
In the beginning, the text will often be deficient and party in the form of keywords. A good advice is to note all ideas and thoughts one come up with during the process. If not - good ideas may easily be forgotten. During the working process with a Master Thesis, one may from time to time expericence frustrating periods where everything looks hopeless and there is no trace of progression. It is then an advantage to be able to look at sub-chapters that are close to completion.


The literature depends on the type of thesis/field of studies of the master thesis, but all literature being used must be expressed as references: a list of books, articles, manuals etc. that is referred to in the thesis.
It is of highest importance to clarify what is your contribution and what has been found at other sources. If you copy text from for example an article, the reader must be aware of this. Formulations like "¼ of this paragraph is to a large extent copied by ¼" , "¼ of this paragraph is inspired by ¼" can be used in order to give an accurate description of the actual conditions.
If the one quote sentences, the source of the quote must be clearly expressed. It is a good idea to note sources during the process as it is often difficult to find them again later.
Each reference must include the following three elements: Name of Author(s), the title of the book/article etc. and information about publication/release details.

Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2019-2020. Endringer kan komme.

Last updated: 11.12.2019