Petroleum Engineering

Help ensure safe, innovative, environmentally sound, and economically viable exploitation of the world’s underground resources.

Petroleum Engineering

Please note that the last intake for the MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering is September 2022.


Study Programme

Global energy consumption is growing rapidly as the world is developing. Growth of the world economy and global struggle with poverty will require more affordable and clean energy, as stated in the first and the seventh UN Sustainable Development Goals. Underground energy resources will in the coming decades be a significant part of the energy supply.

Meanwhile, oil and gas resources will be less accessible in future, and far more advanced technology will be required to extract them. The future hydrocarbon production will deal with unconventional resources like shales, gas hydrates and tar sands; it will take place in deep waters (> 2 km); or it will occur in “difficult” regions such as the Arctic region.

Environmental aspects of petroleum engineering will also become more important in the future. In order to decrease carbon footprint, underground carbon dioxide storage may be applied, based on the technologies similar to the petroleum reservoir development.

Petroleum engineering therefore needs more highly qualified engineers specializing in a wide range of areas: chemical, mechanical, civil, environmental engineering, as well as applied chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other. The goal of the present program is to educate specialists with a fundamental knowledge of petroleum engineering, giving them simultaneously a possibility to specialize in a wide range of relevant areas of application.

Safe, innovative, environmentally sound, and economically viable extraction of oil and natural gas requires knowledge of geophysics and rock mechanics, thermodynamics and chemical properties of the liquids and solids, as well as their flows—in rocks, ground, and pipelines. The MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering thus covers a wide range of courses in these specific area

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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Combine work with studies

This study programme is also available as an Industry study programme where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.

Industry MSc Eng programmes


The Petroleum Engineering programme enables you to contribute to solving the global challenge of meeting the increased demand for energy.

You will also acquire the competencies to head the development and implementation of new technologies for efficient and sustainable production; and be engaged in international high-level research in a number of fields.

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