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

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 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