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During the Master’s programme in Oil and Gas Technology, you gain insight into the offshore industry and you will explore areas such as production of oil drilling rigs, equipment and services. In your semester projects you can combine knowledge of geology, process technology, safety, development of new fuels, production of bio oil, flow processes, development of geothermic power pants, pressure and heat calculations or any other relevant issues within the oil and gas industry.

Some of the key areas of the programme are:

Oil and gas production

  • Production processes
  • Drilling of oil wells
  • Design of production facilities
  • Hook up and commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Well stimulation


  • Production plant and processes
  • Storage and transportation

Gas treatment

  • Production plant and processes
  • Storage and transportation

You are taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory work and project work. On your first two semesters, you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half will be spent on a semester project with your project group. Each semester has an overall theme and within this theme, you conduct a semester project, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within oil and gas technology. The project topics you choose can help you create the professional academic profile you want to build your future career on.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.




Your first semester deals with processes in the oil and gas industry.


  • Fluid Mechanics (5 ECTS)
  • Colloid and Interface Science (5 ECTS)
  • Thermodynamics and Separation (5 ECTS)


  • Oil and Gas Separation (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Process design of offshore gas treatment
  • Process design of offshore separator train
  • Process design of offshore water treatment
  • Process design of offshore separation of a heavy mixture
  • Process design of offshore separation of a light mixture
  • Treatment of produced water by membrane filtration
  • Minimisation of oil content in produced water


On the second semester, you focus on process modelling and analysis in the oil and gas industry. You work with process simulations and how the best possible simulations can be achieved. Furthermore, you explore the practical issues in relation to oil and gas production.


  • Process Simulation and Instrumentation (5 ECTS)
  • Water Treatment (5 ECTS)
  • Petroleum Geology and Reservoir Engineering (5 ECTS)


  • Modelling of Oil and Gas Production (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Heat mining using supercritical CO2
  • Wettability alteration in chalk using flotation technique
  • Corrosion in offshore piping
  • Fate of production chemicals in the offshore sector



During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:

  • You can do an internship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the internship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad and internships here.

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Membrane filtration of seawater
  • Natural gas liquids recovery process
  • Horizontal well modelling and simulation
  • Modelling of TEG regeneration for offshore gas dehydration
  • Evaluation of methods for H2S scavenging


On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Removal of sour gases using algae derived activated carbon
  • Separation and re-injection of CO2 in enhanced oil recovery processes
  • Amines as gas sweetening agents
  • Geological assessment for continuous petroleum resources in some European countries
  • Experimental studies of carbon dioxide injection for enhanced oil


Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau