Master of Science
in Petroleum Engineering
about the program
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.
  • Mode, duration:
    2 years (full-time)
  • Language:
  • Fees:
    no tuition fees
  • Benefits:
    Living stipend (up to 55000 rub/month), relocation & accomodation, private medical insurance (in accordance with Skoltech policies)
a successful graduate of the program will be capable of:
  • 01
    Skills and knowledge essential to effectively address complex challenges of hydrocarbon recovery
  • 02
    Ability to effectively address in major oil production issues, including the development of unconventional and hard-to-recover reserves, such as heavy oil, shale oil, and offshore oil fields
  • 03
    Using mathematical modeling, mathematical physics and data analysis techniques in oil and gas projects
  • 04
    Experience of application of these knowledge and skills in joint research and industrial projects with the industry's leading corporations and international labs from Russia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other countries
  • 05
    Insight into how the oil and gas sector works, ability to identify and solve its outstanding issues
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.

a key component of your studies is independent research work based on world–class laboratories. The following research areas are available for you:
  • Thermal conductivity and rock properties
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomechanics
  • Geology and Geomodelling
  • Gas hydrates and permafrost
  • Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (EOR)
  • Flow Assurance
  • Petroleum Data Science
  • Molecular simulations and machine learning for EOR
every program dedicates time for students' independent research as a core part of their curriculum. Skoltech hosts more than 40 world-class laboratories, and students have full access to the facilities throughout their studies and can conduct research based on their interests.
future career
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science, and business:
  • Industry
    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.
  • Science
    Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international universities and research entities.
  • Startup
    Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, consultants and investors.
industrial partners
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry and academia
  • GazpromNeft Science & Technology Center
  • Lukoil
  • Lukoil Engineering
  • Rosneft
  • Zarubezhneft
  • Tatneft
  • Total
  • Novatek
  • Schlumberger
applications for competitive selection can be submitted online. Most of the selection process is conducted online, and only the final stage of the selection is conducted offline at Skoltech campus
Prepare your portfolio:
  • CV (in English)
  • Motivation letter (in English)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Diploma or transcript from the university
  • Certificates and awards
submit your application
Upload your materials into the SIA application system (
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.

online exam sample
final stage
The final selection stage takes place in Moscow. You have to pass the English exam on site, or present a valid proof of English proficiency, pass an in-person interview and entrepreneurship challenge. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance). In case you're not from Moscow, we can accommodate you in the Skoltech dorms for the selection weekend period.
you will be enrolled to Skoltech based on the results of all competitive selection procedures
entry requirements
knowledge, skills and education background for successful enrollment into the program
  • knowledge and skills
    Successful candidates will have solid knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Petroleum Engineering, and IT.
  • education
    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.
enjoy courses and supervision under world-renowned scientists and engineers
The application period for Skoltech Master's programs is now open.
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contact us
phone: +7 (495) 280-1481_ext.3387

address: 30с1 Bolshoi boulevard, Skolkovo, 121205, Russian Federation
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