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.