Earn a Double Degree Joint International Master Program in Petroleum Engineering

The newly introduced Joint International Master Program in Petroleum Engineering between Montanuniversität Leoben and Gubkin Russian State University Oil & Gas is now available for you.

Having the recognition of a Master of Science in two countries is a great opportunity to broaden your job’s prospects and the best way to get to know different cultures, people and places. The Joint International MSc Program in Petroleum Engineering is focused on “Advanced Well Construction and Operation Technology.”

4 semesters
Full-time program
Classes in English
Starts Oct 1, 2020

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4rd Semester

1st Semester

Mathematical Foundations

The first and one of the most important steps towards obtaining accurate and reliable results in every study is data acquisition and analysis. Thus, the lecture Mathematical Foundations for Data Measurement will address solid mathematical basis for the evaluation of measurement and experimental data.

Petroleum Economics

During the first semester of your master program, you will get the opportunity to dip into selected chapters and current topics of the petroleum business. The lecture Advanced Petroleum Economics will enable you to see and analyze economic problems and find creative solutions.

Borehole Geophysics

Borehole geophysics is the science of recording and analyzing measurements of physical properties made in wellbores. In the lecture Advanced Borehole Geophysics, you will obtain a deeper understanding of the capabilities and limitations of wireline logs.

Solid & Fluid Mechanics Applied to Oil &Gas Industry

Mechanics subjects focused on Oil & Gas Industry solutions; this is what you will expect during the lectures Flow of Fluid in Well and Pipes, Material Engineering in the O&G Industry, The O&G Industry Machine and Equipment Design and Simulation and Computational Continuum Mechanics. You will acquire essential concepts and knowledge required to understand further subjects in your studies. 

Well Placement

You will apply your knowledge in projects that are done individually and in groups to train not only your technical skills but also your team skills which are essential once you enter the professional world. A good example of integrated thinking is our lecture Well Placement that combines training in directional drilling, reservoir engineering, production engineering and surface logistics. 

Well Integrity

Well integrity and Plug and Abandonment (P&A) requirements became more rigorous during the last decades. Thus, more economical solutions and knowledge is needed by the industry. However, academic education rarely covers this new demands in depth. The lecture Well Integrity accounts exactly for these shortcomings and addresses well integrity from a holistic view.

2nd Semester: Gubkin Russian State University Oil & Gas

During the second semester both Montanuniversität and Gubkin University students will attend lectures at Gubkin Russian State University Oil & Gas in Moscow, Russia.

Offshore Field Development

New offshore oil and gas deposits are an important resource of the world energy growth. The challenging task of exploring and developing offshore zones can be fulfilled only by people with multi-disciplinary skills.  Our program will prepare students on these challenges by introducing the lecture Offshore Field Development with a strong  emphasis of geo-science, reservoir and production engineering.

Ecological Protection & Global Perspective

Environmental protection has become a critical concern when developing and exploiting natural resources. Thus, the lectures Ecological Protection in the Oil and Gas Complex, Philosophy and Methodology of Sciences and Global Perspective in the Fuel and Energy Industry will provide the intellectual tools to encounter any challenge that you will be likely to face during your professional life regarding these matters.

Well Control, Drilling and Completion

Advanced lectures in the drilling master program will cover everything you will need in your toolbox as a future drilling engineer. Advanced Drilling Technology, Well Construction Problems and Solutions, Well Control and Well Completion will provide the skills to drill complex wells and control the wellbore in critical situations. Additionally, you will also get a detailed insight into equipment, materials, and procedures on a drilling rig.

Data Mining & General Theory of Dynamic Systems

During this semester, the lecture Data Mining will give you a thorough understanding of a tasks scope associated with large-scale databases application and the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and statistical methods. While the purpose of General Theory of Dynamic Systems is the acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop and research mathematical models applied to dynamic systems.

3rd Semester: Montanuniversität Leoben

During the third semester both Montanuniversität and Gubkin University students will attend lectures at Montanuniversität in Leoben, Austria.

Health, Safety & Environment

HSE, focusing on reducing risks to people, facilities and the environment, is extremely important in the oil and gas industry. Students need to develop a strong awareness for responsibility on these issues. In the lecture Health, Safety and Environment you will learn about Austrian, European and International regulations and technical standards  and understand how careful developed regulations are part of the “HSE culture”.

Advanced Well Construction & Drilling Optimization

The lecture Drilling Process Evaluation and Planning should provide fundamental knowledge on how to evaluate and optimize the drilling process. In the lectures Measurement Control, Monitoring and Analysis and Advanced Well Monitoring and Analysis you will learn different aspects of data acquisition, management and analysis. Well directional control based on downhole geological logging measurements rather than three-dimensional targets in space will be covered in the lecture Advanced Directional Drilling and Geo-steering.

Fluids & Mechanical Labs

An important part of your master studies includes the know-how training in laboratories. During the lecture Well Construction Fluids Lab you will execute a series of experiments to determine the principal fluid properties for different fluid systems, and their effects while drilling through different formations. In the lecture Well Construction Mechanical Lab, you will work on different drilling engineering related mechanical tasks using a Mini-Drill-Rig, a flow loop or a material properties evaluation setup.


Wellbore stability is among the most important topics during the well construction process because drilling engineers are very interested to prevent the open hole from collapsing or sloughing while it is not cased. How to determine and evaluate geo-pressures and geo-stresses around the wellbore is part of the Geomechanics lecture.

Well Reconstruction, Restoration, P&A

When wells loose integrity over their life-cycle, they may not be able to produce. Different techniques exist to repair such wells depending on the severity of the problem. In the lecture Well Reconstruction, Restoration, Plug and Abandonment you will learn about these technologies and extend your understanding that you gained in the Well Integrity course.

4th Semester: Master’s Thesis

During your last semester you will work on a thesis to confirm your petroleum engineering skills by applying and linking all the knowledge that you have gathered during all these years. You will defend your master’s thesis before both committees, Montanuniversität and Gubkin University, and finally obtain a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree from both Montanuniversität and Gubkin University, and the opportunity to work in the international oil industry.