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of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

MSc Programme

Beyond conventional In the coming decades, oil and natural gas Students develop hands-on engineering
will remain important sources of energy and skills through practical exercises and
approaches raw material for the petrochemical industry. project-based learning and learn how Earth
We will also see exciting new developments works as a system. Reservoir geology is
in renewable sources, like geothermal investigated, with an emphasis on
Diploma Master of Science energy. As the conventional and most understanding processes that lead to the
Applied Earth Sciences easily accessible hydrocarbon reservoirs development of complex subsurface
Track: Petroleum are depleted to meet demand, it will reservoirs and the accumulation of
Engineering and become increasingly necessary to turn to hydrocarbons. Upon completion of the
Geosciences new hydrocarbon and unconventional programme, students possess a solid
sources, such as heavy oil, tar sands, shale understanding of the mathematical,
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
oil, gas and natural gas hydrates. Detailed physical and chemical foundations of
Starts in September geological understanding, innovative production engineering and the optimization
solutions and technologically complex of reservoir management.
Language of English
methods are required to exploit these
sources efficiently. The same knowledge is The first year consists of a variety of
% 40-50% needed to extract geothermal energy from geological and petroleum engineering
international deep hot-water reservoirs and natural gas courses and field excursions. The second
students or CO2 from underground storage. year starts with a six-week Field
Understanding the geology of the Development Project module that enables
subsurface, predicting its properties and students to apply the knowledge acquired
knowing how to extract hydrocarbons and during the first year. In a setting similar to
other energy resources from it, forms the that of an oil company, students use real
basis of the Petroleum Engineering and data to make a field development plan
Geosciences track. (FDP) for an actual oil field. The second
year is also devoted to a nine-month
Programme graduation thesis focused on challenging
This programme is a unique combination of research, engineering or design problem.
geology engineering and petroleum About 10% of the remaining credits are free
engineering taught in the classroom and the electives, allowing students customization
field. of their individual study programme.
Organisation of the programme Upon successful completion of the The Petroleum Engineering
The MSc track Petroleum Engineering programme, students receive a diploma specialisation provides advanced
and Geosciences offers two of MSc in Applied Earth Science, courses in Applied Mathematics,
specialisations: Reservoir Geology and Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences Fundamentals of Borehole Logging,
Petroleum Engineering. The track. The diploma does not indicate the Reservoir Engineering, Numerical
specialisation in Reservoir Geology specialisation, so your choice of Reservoir Simulation, Drilling and
emphasises the processes that lead to Reservoir Geology or Petroleum Production Engineering and Production
the development of oil, gas or Engineering should be based on your Optimization. It also includes visits to
geothermal reservoirs and how to predict personal development preference. operating oil and gas companies.
reservoir properties. The specialisation in Students learn how to identify optimal
Petroleum Engineering delves deeper Programme specialisations drilling sites and develop well-planning
into the engineering aspects of oil, gas The Reservoir Geology specialisation skills and production strategies to extract
and heat production. provides advanced courses in gas, oil and geothermal energy most
Exploration Geology, Reservoir efficiently.
The PE&G programme includes a Sedimentology, Advanced Structural
common core of 54 ECTS, two sets of Geology, Sedimentary Data, and
specialisation courses of nearly 20 ECTS Geological Modeling. It also includes
each, and a nine-month thesis project geological fieldwork in the Spanish
(45 ECTS). Common core disciplines in Pyrenees. The specialisation allows you
the program include: Petroleum Geology, to understand and predict the reservoir
Geologic Interpretation of Seismic Data, porosity and permeability properties as
Reservoir Characterisation & well as reservoir geometries.
Development, Sedimentary Systems,
Geological Fieldwork, Geostatistics, Log
Evaluation, Properties of Hydrocarbons &
Oilfield Fluids, Rock Fluid Physics,
Modelling of Fluid Flow in Porous Media,
Reservoir Engineering and the Field
Development Project.
Examples of graduation projects "Professionals in Petroleum Engineering
Students have completed a wide variety and Geosciences cope with two exciting
of graduation projects in the Petroleum challenges: First, we have only limited and
Engineering & Geosciences track, indirect information on the underground
including: resources we exploit; we have to deal with
Modelling 3D Discrete Fracture a level of uncertainty perhaps unique in
Networks Using 2D Outcrop Data engineering. Second, engineering and
Analysis of the Impact of geology are not just two bodies of
Sedimentological Heterogeneity and knowledge, but two ways of processing
Fractures on Fluid Flow Properties in a knowledge; both are essential to exploiting
Deltaic Reservoir Setting Using underground resources. Our program
Numerical Models trains students to handle both these
Heterogeneity Determination of the challenges by integrating both disciplines in
Delft Subsurface for Heat Flow Modelling coursework and applications while
Optimisation of the Al-Shaheen Field acknowledging and quantifying the
Performance Using Smart Well uncertainties involved."
The Shale Oil Potential of the Posidonia
Formation in the Netherlands
Fracability Determination of a Posidonia
"Our MSc track provides a unique
Shale Formation Analogue Through
combination of geology and highly
Geomechanical Experiments and Micro-
technical petroleum engineering skills. It
CT Fracture Propagation Analysis
provides students with a solid knowledge of
how Earth functions and gives them the
tools, skills and knowledge to help secure
With its emphasis on both geology and energy to meet the needs of society. While
engineering skills, the Petroleum we focus on hydrocarbons, the same
Engineering and Geosciences MSc track knowledge is required for geothermal
offered by TU Delft is unique. Graduates energy, CO2 storage and many ground-
are in high demand and find water aspects. Our MSc track prepares
opportunities in a wide range of fields. students for many different opportunities,
They may hold positions as engineering in industry and research. During their
or geology specialists, or interdisciplinary studies, students have the opportunity to
generalists. They find employment with work with people from different cultural and
oil and gas firms and service companies, technical backgrounds. This experience
research institutes, engineering firms and broadens their worldview and prepares
companies active in the fields of them for an international career."
geothermal energy and
underground CO2 storage. Many
graduates of the programme also accept
short-term or long-term employment
outside the Netherlands.
See www.hbodoorstroom.tudelft.nl for - or proof that you have passed the
detailed information. Applications may be University of Cambridge 'Certificate of
BSc degree from a Dutch university submitted through Studielink: Proficiency in English' or the University
If you hold a Dutch BSc degree closely www.tudelft.studielink.nl. of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced
related to the Masters programme, you English' with a minimum grade B.
can be admitted directly. However, if your International applicants
undergraduate programme is not closely To be considered for admission to an For international students, the application
related to the Masters programme, you MSc programme, you will need to meet period starts on 1 October and closes on
will be required to take additional courses TU Delfts general admission 1 April. To apply for an MSc programme,
in what is called a bridging programme. requirements: please complete the online application
This may be a standard programme or it and pay the refundable application fee of
may be tailored to your specific situation. 100.You will then receive an email
1. A university Bachelors degree (or
containing a link to upload the required
proof that you have nearly
To see which Masters programmes are documents.
completed a Bachelors programme)
open to you on completion of your in a main subject closely related to
Bachelors degree at a Dutch university, the MSc programme for which you For more information about the
go to www.doorstroommatrix.nl. are applying, with good grades on application procedure and studying at TU
Applications may be submitted through the key courses. Delft in general, visit
Studielink: www.tudelft.studielink.nl. 2. A BSc Cumulative Grade Point www.admissions.tudelft.nl.
Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of
Dutch HBO degree the scale maximum. Introduction week
An HBO Bachelors degree does not 3. Proof of English language All international students will be
qualify you for direct admission to a TU proficiency. welcomed with the award-winning
Delft Masters programme. You will first - A TOEFL (Test of English as a introduction programme. The introduction
need to complete a supplementary Foreign Language) with an overall consists of a variety of workshops and
programme in order to bring your Band score of at least 90 and a projects, during which you will get to
knowledge to the required level. You can minimum score of 21 for each know other international students, visit
do this during your HBO programme by section. Please note that we only the highlights of Delft and familiarise
completing a bridging minor, or taking a accept the TOEFL internet-based yourself with the TU Delft campus. After
bridging programme after completing test. this fun and interesting, you will be
your HBO diploma. Entrance - or an IELTS (academic introduced to the faculty. You will receive
requirements for mathematics and version) with an overall Band score helpful information about the Dutch
English language (some exceptions) of at least 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 education system and meet fellow
apply to both the bridging minor and the for each section. students.
bridging programme.

Pascal de Smidt
Please visit the webpage for full details, Academic Counsellor
requirements, deadlines and contact T +31 (0)15 278 10 68
information: E

Prof.dr. Bill Rossen

Master's Coordinator Petroleum
Engineering International Office CEG
T +31 (0) 15 27 86038 E
CEG Faculty
Dr. Joep Storms Stevinweg 1
Master's Coordinator Reservoir Geology 2628 CN Delft
T +31 (0)15 27 84810

November 2016