Petroleum Engineering

Study type:Part-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:7820 Duration:36 months

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The Faculty of Science and Technology at UiS offers a PhD programme in Petroleum Engineering which conducts research into methods and equipment used to find and produce oil and gas deposits in underground formations onshore and offshore.

Petroleum Technology is an international and inter-disciplinary field, which includes geology, geophysics, drilling, production technology, reservoir technology, legislation, finance and administration, development and production.

Key research topics at UiS include drill string dynamics, well integrity, rock mechanics, limestone strength, wetting preference and methods of changing this, modelling of pore network, flow and friction in wells, sand control and hydratization.

Research activities vary according to the researchers´ field of interest and what the industry needs at any time and therefore, may change over time.
A doctorate study is based on one or more topics. Candidates will try to develop improvements in understanding and methods that can give increased production potential and financial profit. This will be achieved through systematic application of fundamental scientific and technical principles.


The instruction component shall include the academic and methodical training required to carry out work on the dissertation.

The instruction component shall include courses amounting to a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 45 credits. At least 10 of these credits shall include the course(s) in philosophy of science and ethics on the relevant level. At least 20 credits shall be ordinary doctoral courses. The faculties may determine additional regulations for the contents of the instruction component.

The instruction component should be completed at the beginning of the study programme and must be approved before submission of the dissertation. The faculty may grant exemption from part of the instruction component in the event that the student has completed equivalent and approved instruction or courses at another unit or organization.

Instruction component for Petroleum Engineering

The PhD programme consists of an instruction component of at least 30 credits, which includes a compulsory course in philosophy of science and ethics (10 credits). In addition students must choose courses amounting to at least 20 credits relating to their field of study. PhD courses listed according to subject. Courses taken at other institutions may be approved as part of the instruction component following an application.


Before you can apply for admission to one of the PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger, certain requirements must be fulfilled.

In order to be admitted to one of our PhD programmes, you need to secure your funding in advance or apply for this along with the application for admission. The most common source of funding is research fellow positions at UiS. These are advertised under "Job vacancies" at the University of Stavanger's web site. You may also apply for scholarships from external sources of funding, such as the Research Council of Norway or relevant commercial or industry companies.
You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master´s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better). Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.
Only applications signed by the applicant´s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application. If your project description falls within the subject area of one of our programmes, the research training secretariat will be happy to put you in contact with a relevant supervisor.
Applications without enclosed project description, certified documentation of previous relevant studies or a complete plan for funding, will normally be rejected.
There is no deadline for applications to the doctoral programmes. Applicants are admitted continuously.


PhD students who are accepted at one of the UiS PhD programmes can apply for mobility scholarships to finance research visits lasting from three to six months at acknowledged institutions abroad.

The mobility scheme includes all academic programmes at UiS, and the scholarship is calculated according to the Norwegian Research Councils rates for overseas research grants. The scholarship is intended to cover expenses in connection with getting established abroad, as well as additional expenditures. Travel expenses should be covered by the student´s financial resources.

PhD students who submit complete application forms are guaranteed funding for three months, but may apply for extra funding (se below) for extended stays up to six months, or visits shorter than three moths.

Additional funding

Applications for additional funding will be processed at the end of the budget year and are prioritized as follows:
1. Extended stays beyond three months or stays shorter than three months (for students who are unable to go abroad for three months due to family or other social commitments)
2. Application for incoming mobility to UiS (mainly for PhD students who are staying at an institution in a developing country that has a collaboration agreement with UiS)
3. Travel expenses (can only be applied for if your annual capital equipment (30 000 NOK) are insufficient and your travel methods are as cheap as possible).
The Doctoral Committee at the Faculty will consider equal applicants according to progress and relevance in the dissertation work.

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