M.Sc. Petroleum Geosciences Engineering

University of Stavanger

Application deadline: 1st of March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2014, August  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger established in 2010 a Masters programme in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering. The programme 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.

The programme has been developed in close collaboration with the oil industry, and qualifies for a broad range of positions within the oil industry, both at operators and in the service sectors. It also qualifies for other positions where the geosciences are applied, such as construction, mining, underground water and environmental goelogy.

Professional Qualifications

The programme, which has been developed in close collaboration with the oil industry, qualifies for a broad range of positions within the oil industry, both in the operator and service sectors. The programme also qualifies for other positions where geosciences are applied, such as construction, mining, underground water and environmental geology. A completed Masters degree may qualify for admission to the PhD programme in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger.

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Knowledge

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.

Skills

-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.

The excursion to Svalbard gives the students 5 ECTS. This is not a compulsory course and there are limited places.

The University of Stavanger will always aim to offer all the study programmes as planned providing there are enough resources and/or students to implement the study programme. Over time the content of the study program will change and some of the courses will be replaced by courses considered to be more relevant in accordance with general developments in society. All the courses and study programmes undergo an annual revision.

Every course has a description which covers the following topics:

- Teaching and learning methods

- Textbooks

- Evaluation methods

- Learning outcome

Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering from the University of Stavanger or equivalent. What we consider equivalent is a geosciences and/or engineering Bachelor's degree with preferable 30 ECTS points in mathematics and/or statistics, and 25 ECTS points in geosciences (geology and/or geophysics).

Please note that 25 or 30 ECTS points is roughly equivalent to a total workload of 50 percent of an academic year in. One academic year at the University of Stavanger provides our students with 60 ECTS points.

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. Please note that this will also be evaluated by the UiS academic staff members as a part of the application process, thus applicants are urged to critically evaluate and estimate credits realistically.

Normally, the level of grades of those that are short listed is equivalent to a Second Class Upper Division or better. Applicants with a grade level equivalent to Second Class Lower Division, or lower, will usually not be considered for admission.

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

Funding

Our International Degree Programmes offered in English language have a veryl imited number of scholarships available. Therefore, students should be prepared to self-finance their education in Norway.

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