Reservoir Mechanics

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

The program combines the classical natural sciences, physics, mathematics and chemistry with geology and provides a solid theoretical basis for working with problems based in oil and gas recovery. The goal of the program is to exploit research and expertise from both the university sector and external research environments, to educate graduates with technological expertise that is well suited for work in the oil industry and i industry and management that requires expertise in quantitative modeling. Since the program is interdisciplinary, it will provide a good basis for working as a teacher.

Development and analysis of mathematical / numerical computational tools are essential to create simulation models for multi phase-flow in a reservoir. Simulation models are used in the industry when considering if the reservoir can be exploited commercially and in planning of drilling. Such models can be created with existing simulation tools or by developing own code (for example, by means of Matlab).

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 Mechanics 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 mechanics 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 (courses PTEK212, MAT212, GEOV260 and PTEK211 must be included)
  • Bachelor degree in mathematics (courses PTEK212, MAT212, GEOV260 and PTEK211 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 PTEK212, MAT212, GEOV260 and PTEK211 are included.
  • Norwegian bachelor degrees in energy where courses similar to PTEK212, MAT212, GEOV260 and PTEK211 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 Mathematics: http://www.uib.no/math/en

Reservoir group: http://www.uib.no/math/en/research/applied-and-computational-mathematics/reservoir-group

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