Master's Thesis in Petroleum Technology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


A master's in Reservoir and Geoenergy focuses on theoretical and experimental studies of flow and processes that are crucial for subsurface understanding in the context of energy exploitation, energy storage and CO2 storage. An overall objective is to understand reservoir physics and be trained to solve challenges needed in the energy transition toward clean and affordable energy for all.


The master's thesis is an independent work, designed in consultation with the supervisor, where the candidate is responsible for the progression. The research field in which one can choose a topic span across several areas: low-emission technology for oil and gas production; hydrogen storage; geothermal energy; CO2-management. Theoretical and practical courses are tuned to the topic of the master¿s thesis. This program provides a solid competence in the science needed to contribute to the subsurface energy transition.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • has a solid, scientifically based knowledge on various energy resources, their uses, and disadvantages
  • has basic knowledge of geology and in-depth knowledge of porous medium and the processes related to energy utilization, CO2-storage, and energy storage.
  • understands the place for oil and gas in the global energy supply and knows how Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) can be used for reducing CO2-emissions
  • has knowledge on experimental apparatus, instruments, and measurements
  • has knowledge on numerical simulation of subsurface flow


The student

  • can handle and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy, and use programming tools to analyze and process data.
  • can analyze problems and pursue them using theoretical and experimental methods
  • can analyze, interpret, and discuss own results in a professional and critical way.
  • can carry out an independent, limited research project under guidance, but with a high degree of independence, and in line with ethical norms.

General competence:

The student

  • can communicate scientific problems, analysis, and conclusions to specialists.
  • can analyse and critically evaluate scientific information sources and use these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas
  • can contribute to new ideas and innovation in the energy sector
  • demonstrates understanding of and respect for scientific values such as openness, precision, and reliability

ECTS Credits


Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring
Required Previous Knowledge
Enrolled to Master's Programme in Reservoir and Geoenergy
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to the Master's Programme in Reservoir and Geoenergy at the Department of Physics and Technology at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Forms of Assessment

Submitted Master's thesis, presentation of the Master's thesis and oral examination.

After the master's thesis has been submitted and approved, the master program is concluded with an oral examination. The oral exam consists of a public presentation of about 30 minutes where the student presents an overview of the thesis. The external examiner and the supervisor shall be present at the public presentation. After the presentation an oral examination/ discussion of the thesis follows.

Prior to the presentation the external examiner should decide on a preliminary grade for the thesis. The quality of the presentation together with the oral examination/conversation shall only have an adjusting effect on the final grade of the thesis. It is only the final grade that is announced to the student and that appears on the grade transcript.

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
There are regular exams every semester.