Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
Geosciences and engineering are of daily importance for society’s demands. The search for energy, mitigating climate change, and developing relevant technology to improve the well-being of people around the world are challenges that professionals need to be prepared to confront. The University of Stavanger is at the forefront of petroleum engineering and geosciences education.


The MSc programme in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, developed in close collaboration with the petroleum industry, is uniquely focused on the blending of geosciences and engineering for the specific needs of petroleum exploration and production.

A graduate of this program will be able to solve geoscientific problems by integrating surface and subsurface data 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. Graduates are qualified for a broad range of positions within the petroleum industry and other industries where both engineering and geosciences are applied.

During the study period there are possibilities for international student exchanges at one of our partner universities.

Programme Structure

These are the courses offered for 2016/2017. They are subject to change.

  • Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Structural Styles
  • Seismic Reflection Methods
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Depositional Systems
  • Petroleum Systems
  • Petrophysics and Seismic Analysis
  • Reservoir Characterisation
  • Decision Analysis and Geostatistics
  • 3D Structural and Geological Modelling
  • Seismic Interpretation
  • Advanced Fieldwork Methodology for Petroleum Geologists
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Master Thesis

In addition, there are many elective courses offered.

For detailed information about the courses please visit our webpage.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Orientation Programme at the beginning of August.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in another discipline may also be taken into consideration if they have least 40 ECTS credits in geosciences, geology or geophysics
  • All applicants have to document at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus of probability

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA

The University of Stavanger is a state university and does not charge tuition fees. However, all students are required to pay a semester fee of NOK 740 per semester.


The University of Stavanger has no scholarships or funding available for international students. Students should be prepared to self-finance their studies.

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