Name of qualification

Bachelor of Science

ECTS Credits

Three years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year



Objectives and content

The programme is based on research within the field to educate candidates with technical expertise in petroleum and process technology and form a basis for further studies.

The program combines the classical natural sciences physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology to provide a solid theoretical basis for work in the oil and gas industry. At the beginning of the studies, basic subjects will be emphasized that are necessary to provide a deeper understanding of physical and chemical processes occurring in oil and gas extraction. The field of petroleum technology is especially directed at reservoir description and modeling and flow in porous media in the subsurface, while the field of process technology concentrates on transport and further processing of oil and gas after the raw materials is brought to the surface.

Required Learning Outcomes

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


- explain mathematical concepts and apply mathematical techniques in, for example, differentiation and integration, complex numbers, simple differential equations and linear algebra

- explain the general chemical concepts and relationships between them and could easily perform experimental work in chemistry, describe the laws of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and reaction kinetics and apply these to the analysis and discussion of the complex issues of the subject

- describe the mechanics basic concepts and be able to use these physical problems

- explain and apply the terminology in geology, and use this to describe and analyze the geological processes that have significance for the formation and accumulation of petroleum

- explain the characteristics of the porous media and the basic petrophysical concepts

- use equations that describe multiphase flow generally in the reservoir and near the well area, pressure testing, material balance and describes petroleum fluid properties and methods for improved oil recovery

- describe the principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, and explain how they will use for the quantitative treatment related to engineering/design of process equipment


- has the ability to use the library and scientific databases for the collection of relevant information

- can work independently and participate in teamwork

- use laboratory techniques and computer-assisted techniques to acquire and analyze data

- write together a report in accordance with good scientific practice

General competence:

- communicate ideas, problems and solutions to both specialists and non-specialists using various techniques involving qualitative and quantitative information

Admission Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification with Science (REALFA).

Recommended previous knowledge

Good previous knowledge of mathematics and physics is an advantage. We recommend mathematics and physics at the 3rd grade level from secondary school.

Introductory Courses

Ex. phil and MAT 111

Compulsory units

The following courses are compulsory:

- MAT111

- Ex.Phil

- PTEK100, GEOV101, MAT131, PTEK211, KJEM110, PHYS111, PHYS112, PTEK202, PTEK212 and KJEM210

- At least one of the courses MAT102 or MAT112

- At least one of the courses PTEK203 or GEOV260


Spesialiseringa i bachelorprogrammet i petroleum- og prosessteknologi er på til saman 120 studiepoeng, som består av følgjande emne: PTEK100, GEOV101, MAT131, PTEK211, KJEM110, PHYS111, PHYS112, PTEK202, PTEK212 og KJEM210 + minst et av emna MAT102 eller MAT112 og PTEK203 eller GEOV260.

The specialization in the study programme in Petroleum and Process Technology involves 120 ECTS, and consists of the following courses:

PTEK100, GEOV101, MAT131, PTEK211, KJEM110, PHYS111, PHYS112, PTEK202, PTEK212 og KJEM210 + at least one of two courses MAT102 or MAT112 and PTEK203 or GEOV260.

Tilrådd studieplan:

6. semester Valemne Valemne PTEK203/GEOV260

5. semester Valemne KJEM210 PTEK202

4. semester Valemne PHYS111 PTEK212

3. semester KJEM110 PHYS112 PTEK211

2. semester MAT131 MAT102/MAT112 GEOV101

1. semester Ex.phil MAT111 PTEK100

Recommended electives

The following courses are recommended electives in the programme: courses in mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry, statistics and computer science. In addition, many courses in petroleum technology and process technology are relevant electives.

The students may choose other courses.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading "Specialization".

Study period abroad

The programme committee has made adaption for students who want to take parts of the study abroad.

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, hands-on laboratory and workshops. You may find more information in the course description.

Grading scale

At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.

The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

Bachelor's degrees give admission to a master's programme within relevant discipline.

To qualify for a master's programme at UiB the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C.


In order to solve the challenges in the oil and gas industry in the coming years new skills are needed. A research-based and interdisciplinary education with an international profile will give you the right academic background for this. The education qualifies you for a wide range of positions in oil companies and service companies. The positions can be in both exploration and production of oil and gas, and within processing of petroleum products. In addition, there are jobs within the chemical, metallurgical and mechanical processing. Moreover, the government will need qualified personnel to manage and evaluate the oil industry.

A BSc in Petroleum and Process Technology provide a good basis to further pursue Master's Program in Petroleum Technology or Process Technology.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Administrative responsibility


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of [..], holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the programme if you have any questions: studierettleiar.ppt@ift.uib.no

Phone: + 47 55 58 28 64