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Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

The master's programme in petroleum engineering at UiS is open to Norwegian and international students. A master's degree in petroleum engineering qualifies students for the most challenging and interesting work opportunities within the field. Engineers are mainly educated for work in the petroleum sector, but a master's degree in petroleum engineering also provides excellent opportunities in other sectors. The study provides a broad platform in petroleum engineering, with options to take various kinds of specialisation modules in drilling, natural gas and reservoir engineering.

The general goal is to educate competent engineers with theoretical and technical knowledge, giving them the ability to work independently and take responsibility for the interaction between technology, the environment and society. The programme is research-based and provides a foundation for lifelong learning. The course also gives students the option to continue to PhD level.

Programme content, structure and composition

Of the programme's 120 credits, 30 credits come from common courses that ensure a broad and common basis in key topics within petroleum engineering, and will supplement and expand subjects from the bachelor's programme. The remaining 90 credits consist of 60 credits from specialisation courses and a master's thesis of 30 credits. The master's thesis is a large, independent project completed in the final semester, often in close co-operation with an external company.

All teaching is in English. This is a plus for any students who are studying to work in an international industry where English is the language of business.

Students can choose between three specialist areas:

Drilling and Well Engineering

The specialisation in drilling and well engineering provides in-depth knowledge about the design and planning of different types of wells and well operations. The programme prepares the students for analysing and solving various well issues and provides basic knowledge about technology development, as well as managing and implementing processes within the oil industry.

The programme, which has been developed in close co-operation with the oil industry, qualifies students for a wide range of positions within drilling and production. It also qualifies students for other industries that involve drilling, such as mining, groundwater and geothermal applications.

Reservoir Engineering

The specialisation in reservoir engineering is aimed at the design and planning of oil and gas field exploitation. After completing the degree, the candidate will be able to analyse and solve various reservoir engineering issues and formulate strategies for handling these. The programme provides basic knowledge in developing, managing and implementing processes and technology within the oil industry.

The programme has been developed in close cooperation with the oil industry and qualifies students for a broad range of positions within drilling and production, both with operating and service companies.

Natural Gas Engineering

The specialisation in natural gas engineering focuses on upstream and midstream operations in

the gas chain, with less of an emphasis on downstream activities. Candidates who have completed the master's degree and natural gas engineering specialisation will be able to find interesting job opportunities throughout the gas chain - "from reservoir to kitchen". Basic knowledge in gas-related subjects is a prerequisite for the development of future energy sources, energy supply and energy management. The programme has been developed in close co-operation between academia and the international gas industry.

Students will encounter a variety of working and teaching methods, the use of modern computer technology, practical laboratory work and projects with associated training in writing reports and documentation.

UiS takes pride in offering all programmes according to plans, but emphasises that this is subject to the availability of resources and/or students. Over time, the academic content and choice of topics will naturally change due to general developments in the subject field, the use of technology and wider social changes. All courses and programmes are revised annually.

A description of each individual course is provided, detailing:

- Working and teaching methods

- Course literature

- Evaluation methods

- Assessment methods

- Learning outcomes

Hva kan du bli

The master's 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's 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 give you knowledge about how to produce as much oil and gas from the reservoirs as possible, and in the most profitable and efficient way. Over the last few decades, we have increased the recovery factor from approx. 20 % to around 50 % of the oil stored in the reservoirs. Further improvements in productive efficiency are possible, and this potential represents huge economic values. To achieve this, skilled and highly specialised engineers are needed.


When you have been admitted to a study programme at UiS, you will have the opportunity to go on a student exchange abroad as part of your studies, during the second or third semester. UiS regards it as a highly positive component of the programme that students may study abroad at one of the universities with which UiS has an exchange agreement.

When studying abroad, you must select courses that provide the equivalent specialisation in your subject area, and these have to be approved before you travel. It is important that the courses you are taking abroad don't overlap with courses you have already completed or are planning to study later on in the programme. We recommend that you take your specialisation and field of interest into account.

Recommended educational institutions by subject

For master's students in petroleum engineering we recommend an exchange in the third semester, to one of the following institutions:

The Nordic countries

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (The Technical University of Denmark)


Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)

Rest of the world

University of Adelaide (Australia)

The University of Western (Australia)

Colorado School of Mines (USA)

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA)

It is also possible to study abroad at other educational institutions. Students who want to study abroad must contact the department to arrange the individual educational pathway.

You should start planning in good time. The application deadline for exchange abroad is

1. September for the spring semester and 1 February for the autumn semester.


Contact us:

The department's service centre in Kjølv Egelands Building, 3rd floor, offers information and guidance for students at the department. The best way to contact us is by email or by telephone +47 51 83 17 25. Individual meetings may be arranged if required.