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

Admission Requirements

This programme is avalible for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

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

Application procedure

For more information about the application procedure please see:

For Norwegian applicants (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November)


For international applicants residing in Norway (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November) http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/54992/international-master-applicants-residing-norway



Autumn (main uptake) and spring.

Admission Requirements

A first degree (bachelor's degree) of three or four years duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as proficiency in the English language.

Your bachelor's degree must include courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry, in addition to geology and reservoir technology.

Who may apply

The master's programme in Petroleum Technology is only open for Norwegian applicants and international applicants residing in Norway.

Degree students with a Bachelor's Degree in Petroleum Technology / Petroleum Engineering may apply for this programme. Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in other fields of study can also be assessed if their degree includes enough mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and reservoir technology. The average grade of an international bachelor's degree has to be at least 2nd class, upper division/B (correspond to a Norwegian grade C).

After each application deadline receives the master's programme in Petroleum Technology many more applications than there is available places. Applicants will therefore be ranked according to their grades and the academic content of their bachelor degree.

More information

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-themes

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