Petroleum Engineering
Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
We train a new generation of scientists and engineers capable of dealing with the key challenges of the oil and gas sector, and creating innovative solutions for enhanced oil recovery from the existing sources and development of unconventional and hard-to-recover reserves. The program combines high-level engineering training with teaching of mathematical modeling and data analysis and gaining field experience through research and industry projects.

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Skoltech is a new global research university created in collaboration with MIT. The new campus, designed by Herzog de Meuron, is home to 40 world-class labs with best-in-class equipment, globally renowned professors and students from 40+ countries.
Mode, duration:
2 years (full-time)
no tuition fees for those who successfully pass the selection
Student pack:
monthly stipend (40 000 RUB), medical insurance
Application for 2020 will open in September
The MSc program is 2 years long: the first year is to strengthen your theoretical background, and the second year is to focus on research. Students have the freedom to choose courses and extracurricular activities to shape their individual trajectory, acquire soft skills, and gain entrepreneurial skills to prepare for job placement.
Lectures and practical classes conducted by world-renowned professors and experts.
Students' individual research projects carried out at Skoltech laboratories.
An 8-week summer industry immersion program at leading companies turning knowledge and skills into action.
Courses on entrepreneurship and innovation that provide skills, as well as knowledge, to commercialize ideas and research findings.
+ Academic mobility at leading global universities (on a competitive basis)
The program aims to teach its students to effectively address complex challenges
of hydrocarbon recovery:
The program was designed jointly with leading universities from Russia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other European countries
The curriculum is built around major oil production issues, including development of unconventional and hard-to-recover reserves, such as heavy oil, shale oil, and offshore oil fields
Our graduates gain insight into how the oil and gas sector works and learn to identify and solve its outstanding issues
We teach how to use mathematical modeling, mathematical physics and data analysis techniques in oil and gas projects
Students apply their knowledge and skills in joint research and industrial projects with the industry's leading corporations and international labs
Program structure:
The 2-year program comprises of compulsory and recommended elective courses on the most important topics, a wide set of elective courses (depending on the research and professional needs of the student), components of entrepreneurship and innovation, research activity and 8 weeks of industry immersion.

Track A:
Exploration and development
of unconventional reserves
Track B:
Advanced Simulation and Data Science
in Petroleum Industry

Track А
Track B
Compulsory and Recommended elective courses (36 credits)

Compulsory courses:
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Recommended Electives:
Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
Petroleum Geophysics
Gas Recovery and Gas Hydrates
Unconventional Hydrocarbons
Geomechanics and Hydraulic Fracturing
Geostatistics and Reservoir Simulation
Methods for Enhanced Oil Recovery
Multiphase Flows in Pipes
Flow Assurance
Offshore Reservoirs Development
Thermal Petrophysics and Geothermy
Introduction to IoT
Digital Signal Processing
Optimization Methods
Machine Learning
Signal and Image Processing
Thermal Fluid Sciences
Deep Learning
Hydrolic Fracture Simulation

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
New Product Design: from Idea to Market Launch
Management of Research & Development

Research and MSс thesis project (36 credits)

Industrial Immersion (12 credits)
Industrial partners:
Main research areas:
  • Geophysics, petrophysics and geochemistry for unconventional hydrocarbons
  • Geomechanics
  • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery
  • Reservoir fluids, gas hydrates
  • Numerical simulation
  • Data science
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business:
Landing specialist positions in industry. Students are in demand among Russian and international oil and gas producers and service companies and succeed working for research and consulting.
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international universities and research entities.
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, consultants and investors.
Entry requirements:
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology, Petroleum Engineering and IT.
English Language:
If your education has not been conducted in English, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • Your CV (ENG)
  • Motivation letter (ENG)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Diploma or transcript
  • Your certificates and awards, achievements and other materials for portfolio
Selection process:
Fill out the registration form to start the application process.
Submit your application
Familiarize yourself with the list of required supporting documents, upload them into the application system as they become ready and submit your application.
Online testing
Every candidate must take an online profile test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
In-person interviews
The final admissions stage takes place in Moscow. You have to pass the TOEFL ITP exam on site, or present a valid TOEFL certificate and pass an in-person interview. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance).
Exam sample:
Keep in mind that the structure of exam can be changed
following the decision of program committee.
The program has a globally renowned faculty with international experience
and a broad network of collaborations:
Program Director:
Dimitry Pissarenko
Professor of the Practice
Program Coordinator:
Alexey Cheremisin
Associate Professor of the Practice, Associate Director of Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery for experimental research
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Professor of the Practice
Associate Professor
Professor of the Practice, Director of Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery
Associate Professor
Application period for 2019-2020 academic year is now closed.
Please check back in September for information about the next application period.
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