Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book 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 Petroleum Geosciences Engineering is offered by the University of Stavanger


The Petroleum Geosciences Engineering is offered by the University of Stavanger. It developed in close collaboration with the petroleum industry and it 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.


The programme, which has been developed in close collaboration with the oil industry and the petroleum engineering programme, qualifies for a broad range of positions within the oil industry, both operators and service companies.

The programme also qualifies for other industry branches or institutes where geosciences are applied, such as construction, geo-environmental, mining, underground water and governmental companies.

A complete master degree in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering may qualify for admission to the PhD programme in Petroleum technology and geosciences at the University of Stavanger.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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
For more information, please visit the programme's website

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application portal opens 1 February.
    Orientation Week at the beginning of August.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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:


    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:


    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

In order to be eligible for Master's programmes in Norway, you need to document a Bachelor's degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information and requirements for each country. 

  • A Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Geology or equivalent
  • An equivalent degree must be within the geology and/or engineering field and must include at least 40 ECTS credits in geosciences/geology/geophysics
  • All applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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

Living costs for Stavanger

  • 10000 - 16500 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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