Master’s Thesis

A thesis is an integral part of a Master Study Program. It is the documentation of a student’s “mastery” by practical or theoretical research results in the field of his/her elective course.

DPE defines “mastery” as the ability to successfully apply the concepts, methods, and skills taught in the different modules of its International Study Program in Petroleum Engineering, in order to solve a well-posed problem of relevance to industry and/or academia.


  • According to your major, get in touch with the contact person from the respective Chair: 
    • Drilling and Completion Engineering
    • Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Recovery
    • Reservoir Engineering
  • Select a topic related to your major. It is not mandatory but strongly recommended to choose a topic focused on your major.
  • A supervisor from the scientific staff, involved in the respective field of study, will be assigned to you. He or she will advise and guide you on your selected topic.
  • Write the thesis proposal and submit it for approval.
  • There are four dates available per year to defend the MSc thesis (usually during October, December, March, and June). You can consult the specific dates on MSc PE Calendar or ask Ms. Patrizia Gäbler, Mrs Bettina Matzer or Mrs Marlies Helbl.
  • The standard time frame for the Master’s thesis is at least five months. Usually, a 60-80 pages long thesis - without appendices and supplemental material- is expected.
  • The thesis defense will take place at least 1 week before the Master’s examination date at the respective Chair.
  • The defense will take 20 minutes, and 40 minutes are for questions from the professors. You can introduce yourself for 2-3 minutes. Based on your performance, the respective professor will give the final grade.
  • The Master’s examination will be structured as follows: 
    • Short presentation (max. 3 slides) of your MSc thesis. You can introduce yourself for 5 minutes. 
    • Oral examination (35 minutes) in the selected elective group of your studies.
    • Oral examination (20 minutes) in a second topic, which you can select from the other two areas.


To be able to select a date for the MSc Thesis defense, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have all courses (lectures, labs, etc.I from the MSc program completed.
  • The thesis must be finished at least one month before the exam date registration.
  • Have the Thesis registered on MUOnline at the Theses menu point. The abstract must be uploaded in English and German. Keywords, supervisors, co-supervisors must be appropriately listed.
  • Utilize DPE’s official templates in both thesis and presentation. They are available at Downloads.
  • The abstract is required in both English and German because submission and acceptance on MUOnline can only be done if the abstract in German has been uploaded.
  • Once your supervisor approved your MSc Thesis, two copies of it are required to be printed and bound. One copy should be submitted to the chair where you completed your work, and the second one to the main Montanuniversität Library.

For detailed information, consult the PDF Guidelines at Downloads.


Contact person

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Michael Prohaska-Marchried
Drilling and Completion Engineering

Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Clemens Langbauer
Drilling and Completion Engineering Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Recovery

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat. Holger Ott
Reservoir Engineering

Kerstin Steif
Department of Studies


Is there any sample or Powerpoint template which can be used as the basis of the thesis defence presentation?

Yes, there is an official DPE Powerpoint template which should be used by the students of the department when defending their work. The template document can be found at Downloads.

How can I get a version of the DPE logo and official thesis template?

It is recommended to use a thesis template of DPE including the logo on the cover which can be found at Downloads. Please note that the utilization of the official logo is strictly regulated. Get in touch with Office Manager Patrizia Gäbler to discuss any use case besides the official template.

How long does the Master Thesis Presentation last?

The entire defence is scheduled for one hour, of which the thesis’ presentation takes about 20 minutes. Around 40 minutes are dedicated  to a Q and A session led by the professors.

More questions? Ask Office Manager Patrizia Gäbler!