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
applications for the next selection wave are accepted until March 21
Russia has the 8th biggest crude oil reservoirs in the world and is one of the three 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
Average R&D costs of the leading Russian oil companies

$21,5 bln

estimated total R&D budget for IEA member countries
up by 9,4 mb/d
global oil demand is estimated to increase to reach 109,1 mb/d in 2045
Amount the brent barrel is expected to grow by 2050
Main R&D
driver and pioneer in Russia
above average
Even in times of crisis the employment rate remains above average
Petroleum Engineering is an interdisciplinary field with interesting challenges for:
/system analysts
/ data analysts
Improve operational efficiency and reduce costs
/digital engineers
Digital twins help to improve management of oil&gas facilities

/software developers
Development of the software for chemical process/petroleum reservoir simulation
Enhancing hydrocarbon recovery
Solving fundamental problems in modeling and simulation
/R&D managers
Creating and leading R&D teams (future CTO's)
Why earn your Master's at Skoltech?
Skoltech's Petroleum Engineering MSc program is included in the top 150 programs according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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.
Teaching staff are the acting research professors who implement advanced technology projects with the leading oil&gas companies.
The campus is equipped with the unique state-of-the-art lab facilities - all world's best equipment under one roof, including combustion tubes (only in University of Calgary and Skoltech).
International study and 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&gas industry including Russian and international hydrocarbon producers and oil&gas service companies
Program graduates work in the oil & gas production and R&D. Alternative option is undertaking the research degrees (PhD) in Russia (Skoltech) or overseas (Calgary, University of Texas in Austin, etc.).
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry:
Our research partners:
Degree structure
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
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
  • Technology Entrepreneurship: Foundation
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • Leadership for Innovators
  • Hack Lab: Laboratory for Ideas
  • Startup Workshop
  • Ideas to Impact: Foundations for Commercializing Technological Advances
  • Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • IoT: Launching New Products & Startups
  • Business Communication
  • Technology Planning and Roadmapping: Foundation
  • Technology Planning and Roadmapping: Advanced
  • Intellectual Property, Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Entrepreneurship: Advanced
  • Technological Innovations: from Research Results to a Commercial Product
  • Developing Products and Services through Design Thinking
    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
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    Faculty members
    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, Director of Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery
    Associate Professor
    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 between January and July 2021, 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. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance).
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