Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
Format and duration:
2 years, full-time
Language of instruction:
student scholarship from
40 000 RUR/month,
no tuition fees
the application period for 2021
start is now closed
Russia has the 8th biggest crude oil reservoir in the world and is one of the 3 leading global oil producers. Modern production methods allow extracting less than half of the oil from traditional fields, yet technologies that will allow the extraction of huge deposits of resources from new, unconventional reserves have yet to be created. The industry is in massive need of experts capable of that.
Skoltech's (TOP-100 Young Universities 2019 Nature Index) Master's program in Petroleum Engineering trains 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.
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Why petroleum engineering?
₽17 bln
is the average R&D costs of the leading Russian oil companies
9,4 mb/d
that's how much the global oil demand is estimated to increase by to reach 109,1 mb/d in 2045
$21,5 bln
is the estimated total R&D budget for IEA member countries
is the amount the brent barrel is expected to grow by 2050
Key R&D
driver and pioneer in Russia
Above average
employment rate, even in times of crisis
Petroleum Engineering is an interdisciplinary field with interesting challenges for:
/system analysts/
/data analysts/
  • Improve operational efficiency and reduce costs
/digital engineers/
/software developers/
  • Development of the software for chemical process/petroleum reservoir simulation
  • Development of digital twins to improve the management of oil & gas facilities
  • Solve fundamental problems in modeling and simulation
  • Enhance hydrocarbon recovery
/R&D managers/
  • Create and lead R&D teams (future CTO's)
Why earn your
Master's at Skoltech?
Skoltech is an international English-speaking STEM university ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the Nature Index.
Research-based teaching
All Skoltech faculty and academic staff are engaged in internationally recognized scientific research across a wide range of topics. We incorporate findings from this research into teaching.
Globally renowned
Teaching staff are the acting research professors who implement advanced technology projects with the leading oil&gas companies.
The unique laboratory facilities in Russia (all equipment under one roof). The only facility in Russia and one of the 2 in the world with the combustion tubes equipment (allows to determine the best suitable technologies for the certain specific field).
International study & Industrial experience
All courses are taught in English. Top students are granted internships for international studies (up to 6 months). The majority of students' projects are in collaboration with industry partners.
Close partnership with oil and gas industry including Russian and international hydrocarbon producers and oil and gas service companies.
Program graduates work in the private and public sector in oil&gas sector. Alternative option is undertaking the research degrees (PhD) in Russia (Skoltech) or overseas (University of Calgary).
Skoltech's Petroleum Engineering MSc program is included in the top 150 programs according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

Students of the Petroleum Engineering Master's program conduct their research using some of the most advanced laboratory equipment and facilities.
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry and academia
Industrial partners
Academic & research partners
Degree structure and components
choose courses, design your individual study plan, discover opportunities to visit world-leading universities and international conferences, explore the integration of research, education and innovation
Lectures and seminars
Free choice of disciplines. Courses are developed by professors who have worked in the best universities in the world
Independent research work on your own project based on Skoltech laboratories
Courses in innovation and entrepreneurship, providing knowledge and skills for the commercialization of scientific research
8-week internship at one of the leading companies in the industry

2 years of master's studies are equivalent to 120 ECTS credits. They are awarded for the courses taken, but also for research work, disciplines in entrepreneurship and innovation, and an internship in the industry.

Compulsory and Recommended courses:
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
  • Permafrost and Natural Hydrates
  • Modeling of Multiphase Flows
  • Thermal Petrophysics and Geothermy
  • Reservoir Rock Characterization
  • Petrophysics and Well Log Interpretation
  • Gas Recovery and Methane Hydrates
  • Applied Geomechanics
  • Advanced Drilling and Completion Technologies
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Methods of Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Geostatistics and Reservoir Simulation
  • Multiphase Flows in Pipes
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbons
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Computational Imaging
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Computer Vision
  • Optimization Methods
  • Machine Learning
  • Thermal Fluid Sciences
  • Deep Learning
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • More recommended courses in the Skoltech Course catalog

Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
  • Leadership for Innovators
  • Hack Lab: Laboratory for Ideas
  • Startup Workshop
  • Ideas to Impact: Foundations for Commercializing Technological Advances
  • Intellectual Property, Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Technological Innovations: from Research Results to a Commercial Product
  • Developing Products and Services through Design Thinking
  • More courses in the Skoltech Course catalog
    Main Research Areas and Groups
    Research Areas
    • Enhanced Hydrocarbons Recovery
    • Geomechanics
    • Prospecting, Exploration and Characterization of Hard-to-Recover Reserves
    • Mathematical Modeling of Reservoir and Technological Processes
    • Artificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas Industry
    • Development of Reserves and Sustainable Development of the Arctic Region
    • Energy Transition
    What our students say
    Maria Karelskaya
    BSc, Bauman Moscow State Technical University → MSc, Skoltech → Total E&P Russie
    When you think of the university, generally, you imagine reliable education programs. When you think of a startup or industry, it's usually about communication and sharing experience. Luckily, Skoltech is a place where these two worlds meet and create a unique environment for talent development. Every course is a challenge that gets you practicing the full range of skills. The most important thing is to set a definite and precise goal. If you are ready to commit, Skoltech will provide support and mentorship. For sure, applying to the Petroleum Engineering MSc program was one of the wisest decisions in my life.
    Abayomi Koyejo
    BSc, Kazan National Research Technological University → MSc, Skoltech → Crowdmoni Nigeria
    The MSc Petroleum Engineering program at Skoltech combines a rigorous academic curriculum with cutting-edge research. Here you will be inspired by the top experts around you, challenged continually with different tasks, projects and a research program geared at developing the critical expertise and key competencies required for working in the Petroleum industry. You also have the unique opportunity of pursuing your research goals with full support from the centre - both students, faculty and staff alike. At the end of the program, you will look back and commend yourself for making the right decision to study at Skoltech!
    Margarita Fazlyeva
    BSc, Kazan Federal University → MSc, Skoltech → PhD, University of Calgary
    It is with great pleasure I remember the days I spent at Skoltech while completing my MSc in Petroleum Engineering. As a former student, I can proudly say that Petroleum Engineering is an innovative, advanced program that offers a variety of research areas to explore under the compassionate leadership of the top professionals of the oil and gas industry. Well-equipped laboratories, access to resources and data, networking and student exchange are some of the most distinguishable features available to students. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity to study at the University of Calgary in collaboration with Skoltech.
    Alexander White
    BSc, Brigham Young University, USA → MSc, Skoltech
    It took me a long time to choose a university to pursue my master's degree. It was very important for me that it fully corresponded to my preferences and plans for the development of my career. The final choice fell on Skoltech for several main reasons, besides my own sympathy for Russia: the friendliness and openness of the university, high-quality immersion in the industry while studying and the intense educational workload. What I received did not disappoint me.
    enjoy courses and supervision under world-renowned scientists and engineers
    the admission and enrollment process includes several steps
    Admission requirements
    Knowledge and skills:
    If your education has not been conducted in English, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

    • Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology, Petroleum Engineering and IT.
    Application requirements
    • Resume or CV
    • Motivation letter
    • 2 Letters of recommendation
    • Diploma or current transcript
    • English language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS), if any
    • Other relevant documents: awards, certifications, achievements
    Sample entrance exams
    Prepare your portfolio
    Prepare your application materials.
    Submit application
    Upload your materials into the application system and submit your application.
    Online testing
    Every candidate must take an online subject test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
    Interviews (online)
    The final admissions stage will take place online this year. You will need to pass an interview with the admissions committee, participate in an entrepreneurship challenge and take an English language test.
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