Reservoir Geology

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

This study combines the classic natural sciences chemistry, physics and mathematics with geology to give a solid scientific fundament in order to tackle challenges related to production of oil and gas. The study is in particular directed towards mechanisms for production of oil and the study of multi-phase flow in porous media. The aim is to take advantage of research and expertise both from internal (UiB) and external research environments to educate candidates with technological competence suited for work in the petroleum industry.

Porous and permeable reservoir rocks are the basis for the presence of oil or gas, and to what extent these resources can be produced. For these reasons it is important to map out the geology of the reservoir, both by analyzing the stratigraphy and studying the sedimentology and geometry of the constituent geological formations. Key reservoir properties can also be analyzed through different laboratory methods to obtain information about porosity and permeability, fundamental parameters in determining the potential for flow of oil and gas through the reservoir.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Petroleum Technology. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

A candidate with a masterĀ“s degree in Reservoir Geology will have deep, research-based knowledge in reservoir geology, and extensive experience and understanding of petroleum technology research in general. The candidate is experienced in the independent performance of a research task, which includes the following subtasks:

- Evaluate the geometry and flow properties of a reservoir
- Acquiring knowledge about a research topic form the scientific literature
- Formulating a hypothesis that can be proved or disproved
- Making a critical evaluation of the existing knowledge in the field and identify areas that need new knowledge or understanding
- Evaluating methods and choosing a methodology that could lead to the required knowledge
- Completing the research task
- Interpreting the results in light of the initial hypothesis
- Presenting the work orally and in writing using the established formats of scientific publication

The candidate will have extensive knowledge which qualifies for continuing independent work in the industry and further research specialization.

How to Apply

Application procedure

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:


Autumn (main uptake) and spring.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in reservoir geology you need a bachelor degree in petroleum and process technology or the like. The degree needs to fulfill specific admission requirements.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelor degree in petroleum and process technology
  • Bachelor degree in physics or mathematics (courses PTEK211, PTEK212 and GEOV260 must be included)
  • Bachelor degree from the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with topics covering the admission and grading requirements (the courses do not need to be part of the degree)

Bachelor degrees that qualify

  • Norwegian bachelor degrees in petroleum technology (UiS) and oil and gas technology (NTNU), or equivalent bachelor degrees where courses similar to PTEK211, PTEK212 and GEOV260 are included.
  • Norwegian bachelor degrees in energy where courses similar to PTEK211, PTEK212 and GEOV260 are included.

Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document 80-100 ECTS in petroleum technology or equivalent.

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About the programme

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Department of Physics and Technology

Department of Geoscience: http://www.uib.no/geo/en

The Petroleum Geoscience group: http://www.uib.no/rg/petroleum/research/research-themeswww.uib.no/rg/petroleum

Email to the Study Section: studieveileder.ppt(at)ift.uib