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

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 chemistry 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, mathematics, or chemistry (courses KJEM110, KJEM210, 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 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