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)
Language:
English
Fees:
no tuition fees for those who successfully pass the selection
Student pack:
monthly stipend (40 000 RUB), medical insurance
Apply before:
applications for the next selection wave are accepted until July 16
Education
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 employment.
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)
OUTCOMES
CURRICULUM
RESEARCH
FUTURE CAREER
ADMISSIONS
Skills and knowledge essential to effectively address complex challenges of hydrocarbon recovery
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
Insight into how the oil and gas sector
works, ability to identify and solve its
outstanding issues
Using mathematical modeling, mathematical physics and data analysis techniques in oil and gas projects
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
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.

Compulsory, Core and Recommended elective courses (36 credits)

Compulsory courses:
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Сore courses:
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

Recommended Electives:
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

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Technology Entrepreneurship: Foundation
Entrepreneurial Strategy
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

Research and MSс thesis project (36 credits)

Industrial Immersion (12 credits)
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:
  • GazpromNeft Science & Technology Center
  • Lukoil
  • Lukoil Engineering
  • Rosneft
  • Zarubezhneft
  • Tatneft
  • Total
  • Novatek
  • Schlumberger
Main research areas:
  • Geophysics, petrophysics and geochemistry for unconventional hydrocarbons
  • Geomechanics
  • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery
  • Reservoir fluids, gas hydrates
  • Numerical simulation
  • Data science
Entry requirements:
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.
APPLICATION PACK:
  • Your CV (ENG)
  • Motivation letter (ENG)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Diploma or transcript
  • Your certificates and awards, achievements and other materials for portfolio
Selection process:
1
Prepare your portfolio
Prepare your application materials.
2
Submit your application
Upload your materials into the application system between January and July 2021, and submit your application.
3
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.
4
In-person 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).
Exam sample:
Keep in mind that the structure of exam can be changed
following the decision of program committee.
what our students say
Faculty
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
Professor of the Practice, Director of Skoltech Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery
Professor
Associate Professor
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e-mail: admissions@skoltech.ru
phone: +7 (495) 280-1481_ext.3387
address: 30с1 Bolshoi boulevard, Skolkovo, 121205, Russian Federation, Room E-R3-2030

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