Introduction to the programme

Geo-Energy Engineering trains engineers to play a substantial role in the global energy transition towards a more sustainable use of the deep subsurface. Prospective Geo-Energy Engineers will learn to characterise, monitor, and predict the architecture, properties, and behaviour of energy-related subsurface use and the environmental response to subsurface engineering activities. Since only a fraction of the subsurface characteristics can be observed, engineers in Geo-Energy Engineering need to make decisions based on limited data and associated uncertainties in the available information. Our programme has a history of excellence in reservoir characterization, geophysical exploration and monitoring, laboratory study of subsurface physics and flow, numerical simulation and optimization of subsurface and geologic processes. It is known for its interdisciplinary approach to a responsible creation of innovative solutions.

Programme overview:

The curriculum starts with a background-knowledge assessment and offers a total of 4 EC of basic short courses. The subsequent skill-based project (8 EC) illustrates the connections between different Geo-Energy application fields, followed by a course on the global theme of Energy Transition (3EC). Quarter 2 starts with compulsory courses on Geology, Physics, and Modelling (5 EC each) focusing on the connections between the different key disciplines and providing fundamentals for specialisation courses offered in Quarters 3 and 4. A 27-EC modular program allows students to design their own specialisation from a range of applied and specialised courses. The first year ends with a field lab where the knowledge of the first year will be applied to rock examples in the field.

In the second year, the students of Geo-Energy Engineering carry out a capstone project (15 EC) in which they apply all the knowledge and skills from the first year to a real-life case study. Actual data is provided to be used by the students to develop a technically and economically feasible project in the field of geothermal energy, reservoir exploration, or waste and energy storage and their environmental implications. The remainder of the year is dedicated to the execution of an MSc-thesis research project (45 EC).

The Geo-Energy Engineering track offers no formal specialisation. Students are free to design their own specialisation in the second half of the first year, focusing on the fields of Geothermal Energy, Subsurface Storage, Petroleum Geoscience and on the effects of Subsurface engineering. In addition to indepth courses on these application fields we offer a range of specialised courses that contribute to these applications where the focus is on any combination of Geology, Modelling/Engineering and Geophysics. The second year project allows students to gain hands-on experience in all four application fields. Furthermore, students will be free to choose any Geo-Energy Engineering related topic for their MSc thesis project. Our track offers students an excellent opportunity to specialise or to become a generalist in the Geo-Energy Engineering field.