Reservoir Chemistry

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

Reservoir Chemistry combines chemistry, physics and mathematics with geology to provide a sound background for working with problems related to oil and gas production. The present study is particularly aimed at understanding the mechanisms oil recovery and multiphase flow in porous media. The study aims at using expertise from within the University in cooperation with external research environments so that the candidates develop a technological competence that is relevant for work in the oil industry.

In priciple Reservoir Chemistry covers the entire production chain from composition and use of the drilling fluid, corrosion control, oil recovery and treatment of the produced oil. The main focus is enhanced oil recovery. Amongst the important parameters studied is how to reduce the interfacial tension between water and oil, how to measure and possibly change the wetting conditions of oil reservoirs, and how pores may be blocked permanently or semipermanently.

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 Chemistry will have deep, research-based knowledge in that research field, 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:

- 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 specialisation.

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 Chemistry: http://www.uib.no/kj/en

Petroleum and Colloid Chemistry group: http://www.uib.no/rg/petrocolloid

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