Petroleum Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


Global energy consumption is growing rapidly as the world is developing. However, oil and gas resources will be much less accessible in future, and far more advanced technology will be required to extract them. This means that the future hydrocarbon production will deal with unconventional resources, such as shales, gas hydrates and tar sands; it will take place in deep waters (> 2 km); or it will occur in “difficult†regions such as the Arctic region. The petroleum industry therefore needs more highly qualified engineers specializing in a wide range of areas.

Study programme focus

Safe, innovative, environmentally sound, and economically viable extraction of oil and natural gas requires knowledge of geophysics and rock mechanics, thermodynamic and chemical properties of oil and gases and their flowâ€â€in rocks and pipelines. The MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering thus covers a wide range of courses in these specific areas.


The Petroleum Engineering programme enables you to contribute to solving the global challenge of meeting the increased demand for oil and gas. You will also acquire the competencies to head the development and implementation of new technologies for efficient and sustainable production, or engage in international high-level research in the field.


To obtain the MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering, the students have to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have passed General Competence Courses adding up to at least 30 points
  • Have passed Technological Specialization Courses adding up to at least 40 points
  • Have performed a Master Thesis of at least 30 points within the field of the general program
  • Have passed Elective Courses to bring the total number of points of the entire study to 120

General Competence Courses Mandatory:

02671Scientific Computing in Geoscience5point11418Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics5point12411Petroleum Engineering5point12441Reservoir Geology and Petrophysics5point28415Oil and gas production5point28515Enhanced Oil Recovery5point

The course listed below counts as a General Competence Course for students accepted at DTU prior to September 2008:

12444Geophysical exploration5point

Technological Specialization Courses

01246Partial Differential Equations - Applied Mathematics10point01257Advanced Modelling - Applied Mathematics5point02409Multivariate Statistics5point02411Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments5point02417Time Series Analysis5point02616Large-scale Modelling5point02673Computational Geoscience5point02685Scientific Computing for differential equations10point10346Continuum Physics5point11415Advanced Rock Mechanics5point12320Hydrology10point12326Field course in Applied Geophysics5point12330Contaminated Sites10point12420Engineering Geology10point12444Geophysical exploration5point28315Soft Nanotechnology in Colloid and Surface Chemistry5point28316Laboratory Course in Colloid and Surface Chemistry5point28361Chemical Engineering Model Analysis7.5point28423Phase Equilibria for Separation Processes5point28434Membrane Technology5point28530Transport Processes10point28864Introduction to Matlab programming1point28885Technology and Economy in Oil and Gas Production5point28908Rheology of complex fluids7.5point41114Computational free surface hydrodynamics5point41319Computational Fluid Dynamics10point41323Advanced Fluid Mechanics10point

Elective Courses All advanced level courses at DTU are relevant to the program. The courses have to be approved by the program coordinator.

Master Thesis The thesis work comprises the individual research participation by students in the program. Research projects carry a minimum load of 30 points, but may extend to 50 points. Work corresponding to 30 points must be placed within one 5-month period as full-time work.

The research project will usually be carried out either at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering or the Department of Environmental Engineering, but projects may be carried out at other departments at DTU working within the petroleum engineering field. A written agreement must be made with a Faculty member about the subject and terms for the research project well before the commencement of the project. The project must be approved by the coordinator of the MSc program in Petroleum Engineering.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petrophysics and borehole logging
  • Oil and gas production
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Technology and Economy in Oil and Gas Production
  • Advanced Modelling - Applied Mathematics
  • Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Large-scale Modelling
  • Scientific Computing for differential equations
  • Continuum Physics
  • Advanced engineering geology: soil and porous rocks
  • Basic Drilling Engineering
  • Petrophysical Engineering - Laboratory course
  • Mineral resources in the Arctic: Environmental impacts and technologies
  • Hydrology
  • Field Course in Applied Geophysics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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: 6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 573

    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: 88

    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

  • Minimum 20 ECTS points of mathematics, including differential equations
  • Minimum 20 ECTS points in physics and chemistry. A candidate should have solid skills in several subjects like: Mechanics of liquids and solids, flows, thermodynamics, physical chemistry, mixtures, surface chemistry.

Bachelors in petroleum engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, geoscience, environmental engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering are invited to apply for the programme, provided that they fulfill the listed academic requirements.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


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