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- A master's candidate in petroleum geology has advanced knowledge within the field of
petroleum geology and specialised insight into a particular area.
- The candidate will have in-depth knowledge of scientific theories and methods connected to the subject area, be able to apply knowledge to new areas within the subject area and be able to analyse professional issues on the basis of the history, tradition, distinct nature and place in society of the subject area. They can use this fundamental knowledge to develop, manage and implement geoscientific technology within the oil sector.

- The candidate will be able to analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within petroleum geology, and work independently to solve practical and theoretical problems.
- The candidate will be able to solve petroleum geology problems by integrating different types of data used in the oil industry and data from the earth's surface and subsoil.
- The candidate will be able to independently carry out a specialised research or development project within petroleum geology under supervision and in line with current ethical norms of research.
- The candidate will be able to evaluate and solve problems based on hydrocarbon exploration and production from hydrocarbon reservoirs, from a regional to a reservoir scale by interpreting and integrating geological, geophysical and technical engineering data.
- The candidate will be able to optimise results by using state-of-the-art technology in hydrocarbon exploration and production
- The candidate will be able to manage, develop and implement strategies for hydrocarbon exploration and production.

General knowledge
- The candidate will be able to analyse relevant specialist, professional, research and ethical issues.
- The candidate will be able to apply his/her own knowledge and skills to new areas to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
- The candidate will be able to communicate information relating to independent work with other petroleum geologists and petroleum engineers, and will have an excellent command of the terminology related to the subject area.
- The candidate will be able to communicate, not just with other geologists, geophysicists and engineers, but also with the general public on professional issues, analyses and conclusions within the subject area, and will be capable of contributing to the innovation process with new ideas.