M.Sc. Petroleum Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 22 months
  • EUR13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) | Copenhagen, Denmark
Help ensure safe, innovative, environmentally sound, and economically viable extraction of the world’s oil and gas resources.

Description of Petroleum Engineering


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 flow—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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA citizens: January 15; EU/EEA citizens: March 1
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens enrolled in a DTU study program is DKK 102,500/EURO 13,500 per academic year.

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 22 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme provision

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 30 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

Focus areas

The Petroleum Engineering programme allows you to specialize in one of the two following focus areas:

Reservoir Engineering (oil production and engineering)

The reservoir engineering focus area is concerned with modern oil and gas production—i.e. reservoir modelling and simulation, oil production, and enhanced oil recovery. During the course of study, you will learn about petroleum thermodynamics and chemistry, transport processes, and ways of describing the flows of reservoir fluids in porous media.

Reservoir Geophysics (oil production and geology)

The reservoir geophysics focus area is concerned with petroleum reservoir description and characterization, where you will learn about reservoir geology, mineralogy, and petrophysics. The focus area also aims to increase the students’ knowledge of oil drilling engineering, reservoir seismology, and geophysics.

You should be aware that your choice of courses in your individual study plan offers a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme and career by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU.

Requirements for Petroleum Engineering

Admission to the MSc program in Petroleum Engineering is offered to applicants with a BSc degree in:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics and Nanotechnology
  • IT and Communications Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Softeware Technology

Merits and qualifications of other applicants will be considered individually based on the material submitted. Applicants must have solid skills in thermodynamics, physics, analytical and applied mathematics.

To earn the title MSc in Petroleum Engineering, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

· Have passed a minimum of 30 ECTS credit points in the group of General Competencies.

· Have passed a minimum of 30 ECTS credit points in the group of Technological Specialization courses.

· Have completed and passed a MSc thesis equaling at least 30 ECTS credit points within the program´s disciplines.

· Have completed a number of optional courses that when combined with the MSc thesis they total 60 ECTS credit points.

Language requirements are:

According to the Danish Ministry of Science Order no183 (23rd February, 2010), all applicants who apply for admission to English taught MSc programs are required to provide documentation of English language proficiency comparable to English B-level from a Danish upper-secondary school.

This can be documented in the following four ways:

1. By an IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test (recommended)

· TOEFL paper-based: 573

· TOEFL computer-based: 230

· TOEFL internet-based: 88

· IELTS: 6.5

· Pearson: 59

The test must not be older than two years. Only tests that are sent directly from the test centre will be considered. Test results should be received no later than the first day of studying. The TOEFL-code of DTU is 1684. There is no code for IELTS or Pearson tests.

We do not accept any other language test than IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson.

2. By documentation which proves that your bachelor degree has been fully taught in English and that your final thesis was written in English. (This must be a certified copy on headed university paper, with original stamp and signature).

3. Nordic citizens can also document their English proficiency in the following way:

By documentation from your upper secondary school/ high school stating that you have successfully completed at least 210 hours of English lessons (1 hour = 60 min) during your final three upper secondary/high school years. You must enclose an upper secondary/high school certificate as well as an academic transcript and description of your English language course.

4. DTU Students:

If you are a current or former exchange student at DTU for at least 3 months, you do not need to submit an English language test.

Work Experience for Petroleum Engineering

No work experience is required.

More Information


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.

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