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Master Thesis

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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.


Since the master theses are very different it is difficult to set up joint guidelines for project execution and reporting. Normally, the master thesis will result in a report.
One example of a report is shown below. It is emphasized that this is only an example and that in most cases it will be necessary to make adjustments. Each Department may also have their own examples or requirements in their guidelines. You should agree with your advisor in advance how your project should be carried out and documented.
At an overall level many reports will have a rather similar structure. First an introduction presenting the background of the thesis, its purpose and contents. Then there will be a presentation of relevant theory, existing methods and models relevant to the project, laboratory etc.
This will be followed by a presentation of the analyses/experiments/developments done and the results hereof. For non-experimental projects the results may include (further) development of principles, methods and models. A discussion of the results achieved should be included. How are the results achieved compared to existing theory, methods and models? What conclusions can be drawn? The description of the problem given will in many cases give you a hint as to how the contents should be organised. If you are working on several problems it may be a good idea to complete one problem complex with theory, results, discussions before you start on the next one.

Required prerequisite knowledge

In order to qualify for writing the master's thesis, the student must have passed at least 50 ECTS credits in their study plan by 15th of October the semester before writing the thesis, or alternatively, 80 ECTS credits by 15th of January when writing in the spring semester.

If a student does not meet these requirements, she/he can apply for writing the thesis in the fall semester, or write the thesis in the next spring semester.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis1/1 A - F
Read more: http://student.uis.no/getfile.php/Intranett%20Studentsider%20og%20ansattsider/Reglar1.pdf

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

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.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis (MPGMAS_1) 30

Open to

Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020