M.Sc. Petroleum Geosciences Engineering

University of Stavanger

Application deadline: 1st of March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger is at the forefront of petroleum engineering and geosciences education worldwide. The MSc programme in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering is uniquely focused on the specific needs of exploration and production of the petroleum industry.

A graduate of this programme will be able to solve geosciences problems by integrating different types of surface and subsurface data used in the oil industry and to integrate such information with petroleum engineers. In addition, they will be able to formulate strategies and will have the key fundamental knowledge to develop, manage and implement technology in the oil industry.

Career Prospects

The programme, which has been developed in close collaboration with the oil industry and the petroleum engineering department, qualifies for a broad range of positions within the oil industry, both operators and service companies. It also qualifies for other industry branches or institutes where the geosciences are applied, such as construction, geo-environmental, mining, underground water, and governmental companies.

A completed Master's degree may qualify for admission to the PhD programme in Petroleum Technology and Geosciences at the University of Stavanger.


A masters degree candidate within the field of petroleum geology has gained thorough knowledge within the subject area and an in depth insight into certain areas within the field. The candidate has acquired knowledge from the technical-scientific theories and methods from the field. Moreover, the candidate can apply knowledge on new areas within the field and is able to analyze technical problems with based on the fields history, tradition, uniqueness and place in society. The graduate can use this fundamental knowledge to govern and implement geoscientific technology within the oil sector.

The candidate can analyze existing theories, methods, interpretation within the field of petroleum geology and work independent with practical and theoretical problem solving. The candidate can solve problems within petroleum geology through the integration of different data used in the oil industry, data from the earth's surface as well as the subsurface. The candidate can implement an independent research- or development project within petroleum geology under guidance according to research ethical norms. The candidate can use market-leading technology in hydrocarbon exploration and -production in order to optimize results. The candidate can manage, develop and implement strategies for hydrocarbon exploration and production.

The study program consist of 120 ECTS out of which 80 ECTS are compulsory courses related to geology subjects and administration in connection with petroleum exploration and production. 10 ECTS are electives and the master thesis is 30 ECTS.

The master thesis is an individual project undertaken and completed in the fourth and final term, often in close collaboration with the industry.The students will become familiar with a number of working and teaching methods, the use of modern computer technology, practical laboratory exercises and projects. The students will also do report writing and documentation.

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Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering and/or engineering Bachelor's degree with 30 ECTS points in mathematics and/or statistics, and 40 ECTS points in geosciences (geology and/or geophysics).

All candidates have to document on their academic transcript of records at least 30 ECTS (equivalent to a total workload of 50 percent of an academic year) in mathematics/ statistics/ calculus of probability.

Sometimes the courses on transcript of records are given as separate and identifiable courses, while other programmes have these disciplines embedded in other courses. Applicants will have to evaluate their own course portfolio and calculate the aggregated sum of credits in these disciplines and evaluate the number of credits obtained in mathematics/statistics or geology/geophysics.

Since we receive a high volume of applications, admission to this programme is highly competitive. Applicants must demonstrate competitive academic standards and top grades.

Please note that applicants who have completed or are in the process of completing a similar Masters degree will not be prioritized for admission.

Only complete electronic applications will be taken into consideration. If you do not receive automatic access to our application form, that means that you are not qualified for the programme chosen.

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in English is required from all students in Norway. Students who are not native speakers of English have to document their knowledge of English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


There are no scholarships available for international students, except for a limited amount of Quota scholarships (special conditions apply). International students should be prepared to self-finance their studies in Norway.

The Quota Scheme offers Norwegian government funding to students from developing countries and countries in Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Central Asia, for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway. The number of scholarships available under this scheme is very limited and scholarships are addressed exclusively to candidates from institutions with formal collaboration agreements with the University of Stavanger.

To learn more about the Quota scholarship please go to our webpage.

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