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Petroleum Engineering

Even in this era of transformation for climate protection and the energy system, the fossil fuels oil and natural gas remain an essential pillar of our society. By further developing traditional petroleum engineering techniques and new fields of application, such as the storage of energy generated through renewable sources and the use of deep geothermal systems, modern petroleum engineers make it possible to place the energy supply of the future on a more environmentally friendly footing. The consecutive master’s program in petroleum engineering trains students specifically for the fields of drilling and production, reservoir management, energy storage and distribution, and deep geothermal systems.

Jobs and careers

The demand for well-trained engineers in the field of petroleum technology and deep geothermal systems remains high. With its strong focus on practical application, this program qualifies graduates to carry out independent work as well as planning and leadership roles in and around the globally active petroleum industry. Such tasks include assessment and evaluation of oil and gas reserves, development and economic production, treatment of oil and natural gas, and storage and transportation of marketable products. Additional fields of professional activity involve energy storage and the use of the inner earth for geothermal energy and geological sequestration of CO2.

Potential employers for graduates of the master’s program include:
  • Companies in the petroleum industry
  • Energy supply and storage companies
  • Companies providing service and support functions for the industry
  • Associations and public bodies
  • Research facilities and universities
  • Engineering firms
  • Corporate consultancies

Why Clausthal?

The master’s program in petroleum engineering at TU Clausthal deepens students’ expertise and imparts interdisciplinary knowledge. The M.Sc. degree qualifies graduates to continue their professional training with doctorate (Ph.D.) studies in engineering. The program is located at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, which has superb equipment and highly qualified research and teaching staff, and is one of the few facilities of its kind in Germany. The program’s content is tailored to needs that have been identified by the petroleum industry. Supported by external lecturers from private industry, the program is very much geared towards real-world application. It is international in its perspective and is taught in English.

Program structure

The master’s program is designed to be completed over the course of four semesters (two years) and encompasses 15 modules. It is taught in English. The modular structure encompasses in-depth study of petroleum engineering, management, economics, and law. Students can cement their specialist knowledge and management skills through an optional semester abroad at a partner university, through hands-on project work in a petroleum company, or through an interdisciplinary group project. The program concludes with a master’s thesis. Three areas of specialization are available:

  • Reservoir management
  • Drilling and production
  • Deep geothermal systems
Focus Reservoir Management
  • Communication
  • Management, economics and law
  • Advanced reservoir mechanics
  • Advanced production and well planning
  • Data acquisition and evaluation
  • Reservoir modeling and simulation
  • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery
  • Seminar in advanced reservoir topics
  • Group project
  • Master’s thesis
Focus Drilling and Production
  • Communication
  • Management, economics and law
  • Advanced reservoir mechanics
  • Advanced production and well planning
  • Advanced drilling and completion
  • Directional drilling and logging
  • Production
  • Seminar in advanced drilling and production topics
  • Group project
  • Master’s thesis
Focus Deep Geothermal Systems
  • Communication
  • Management, economics and law
  • Advanced reservoir mechanics
  • Advanced production and well planning
  • Data acquisition and evaluation
  • Advanced drilling and completion
  • Geothermal systems
  • Seminar in advanced geothermal engineering topics
  • Group project
  • Master’s thesis

Program advisors

Drilling/Production

Erik Feldmann, M.Sc.
Phone: +49 5323 72-3912
Fax: +49 5323 72-3146
E-Mail: ma.drilling@tu-clausthal.de
Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Agricolastraße 10
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

 

Reservoir Management

Dr. Viktor Reitenbach
Phone: +49 5323 72-2446
Fax: +49 5323 72-3146
E-Mail: ma.reservoir@tu-clausthal.de
Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Agricolastraße 10
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

 

Deep Geothermal Systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Z. Hou
Phone: +49 5321 3816 8090
Fax: +49 5321 3816 8196 
E-Mail: ma.geotherm@tu-clausthal.de
Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen
Am Stollen 19A
38640 Goslar

Program outline

Type of program: Master
Duration: 4 Semester
Language of teaching: English
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start date: Admission only to the winter semester.
Accreditation: Urkunde ASIIN

Prerequisites for the master’s program

The master’s program in petroleum engineering builds consecutively on the bachelor’s degree in energy and mineral resources (with a focus on petroleum engineering). The prerequisites for this program can also be fulfilled by a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in petroleum engineering from an accredited university (of applied sciences) or an equivalent qualification, in conjunction with good English skills. If the equivalence of the qualification is unclear, conditional admission may be possible.