MSc in Petroleum Logistics

Level of study: 
Study mode: 
4 semesters
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Logistics
Required prerequisite knowledge

A bachelor’s degree equivalent to 180 ECTS credits is required. At least 80 ECTS of the bachelor’s degree should be related to a specialization relevant to logistics or applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the main methodologies used in the study program like mathematics, statistics, informatics or engineering. Applicants from some countries will be required to document a recognized test in English language. See "Information for international applicants" at the English home page - www.himolde.no/english

Target audience

The programme targets a wide variety of highly motivated students with an interest to study petroleum logistics in an international environment.


Logistics entails the organization of the flow of products, services and information from raw materials to the end user. For a large number of industrial and business companies, achieving high quality logistics operations will be the key competitive factor for future success. There is therefore a considerable focus on logistics in the business world. Oil and gas companies are no exception from this. The programme aims to give a thorough analysis and understanding of problems, challenges and solutions associated with all parts of the supply chains dealing with the oil and gas industry; on-shore as well as off-shore: exploration, purchasing, production planning, inventory management and downstream distribution planning. In addition the programme will give an understanding of the energy situation in the world, comparing existing renewable energy sources as well as non-renewable sources both in terms of costs, qualities and availability.

Logistics as a scientific area rests on a broad spectrum of disciplines such as economics, information/communication technology, business administration, organization and management, as well as quantitative methods based on mathematics, operations research and statistics. All these topics in logistics makes it a challenging area to study.

The programme is taught entirely in English, and is open to students from all countries. This means that students at the programme will have the benefit of belonging to a truly international group of students, and to enhance their language skills, making them ready for logistical careers in a more globalized economy.

Possibility of double degree

HiMolde can in addition offer the MSc in Petroleum Logistics as a double degree in collaboration with the main oil and gas university in Russia: Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow . Students following the double degree option of the MSc programme, must undertake study periods at both institutions. Lectures in the first and third semester will then take place in Molde, and the second semester in Moscow.

Learning outcome

After completing the programme, the successful candidate is expected to:


  • have good and general knowledge about logistics and supply chain management (SCM) in general.
  • have specialized knowledge about SCM in the petroleum industry.
  • have specialized knowledge about different types of energy sources and the relationship between these.
  • have extensive knowledge of scientific theories and methods relevant to SCM and operational logistics.
  • have advanced knowledge of scientific theories and methods relevant to SCM of the petroleum industry, including a broad knowledge about models and methods in general, and their use in petroleum logistics in particular.


  • be able to use advanced theory and methods to identify inefficiencies in supply chains.
  • be able to propose improvements of organizational/structural changes, and suggest ways of implementing such changes in a supply chain.
  • be able to understand the specific challenges connected to the different supply chains in the petroleum industry.
  • be capable of performing a limited supervised research project within operational logistics, in line with ruling academic standards in the field.

General Competence

  • be able to present and communicate professional issues relevant to logistics.
  • be able to apply acquired knowledge and skills within new areas of research and education.
  • be able to read scientific papers and other scientific work with a critical view.
Work- and learn methods

A wide range of lecturing and study methods are used within the courses. Courses usually run over one semester with lectures once or twice per week. In some cases courses consist of intensive lecturing in one or two weeks during a semester, and more regular lectures once a week in other parts of the semester. Students have homework in terms of exercises, computer lab work, case studies and assignments, both individually and in groups. The seminars in the third semester are intensive courses lasting for one week consisting of lectures, homework, discussions and student presentations. Students enrolled in the programme are expected to have at least a work load of 40 hours per week. The programme is not offered for distance learning.

Further studies

The MSc programme in Petroleum Logistics will qualify to apply for admission to the PhD program in Logistics at Molde University College, as well as other PhD programs.

Content structure

Study in Molde 

The study programme includes only compulsory courses. All lectures and exams will take place in Molde.The third semester consists of seminars, all lasting for one week. During this semester, the students should also find a topic for their master's thesis, and write a proposal for this. Here the students should indicate the topic, research methods and methodologies that can be relevant, some preliminary overview of previous research, and literature within the chosen topic. The proposal will be presented orally. In the fourth semester the students are working on their master's thesis. Presentation and examination/ defense of the thesis will take place in June.

Study in Molde and Moscow (Double degree)

The study programme consists of only compulsory courses. In the first semester, all lectures and exams will take place in Molde. In the second semester, the lectures and exams will take place in Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. The third semester will take place at Molde University College - Specialized University in Logistics. During this semester the students should also find a topic for their master's thesis, and write a proposal for this. The proposal will be presented orally. In the fourth semester students are writing their master's thesis. Presentation and examination/ defense of the master's thesis will take place in June.

LOG904-PET Seminars in Petroleum Logistics

There are three blocks of seminars.

There are three blocks of seminars. The first block of seminars, LOG904-PTA"Research Methods in Logistics" covers theoretical topics that have not been covered in other courses, namely:

  • Integer Optimization Models in Logistics
  • Game Theory
  • Research Design

In the second block called LOG904-PTB "Basic problems of Petroleum Logistics", the seminars are very specialized, covering basic topics related to different parts of the petroleum and energy supply chain such as:

  • Energy Logistics
  • Logistics in Petroleum Production
  • Gas Transportation Infrastructure Planning
  • Simulation in Petroleum Logistics

The third block, LOG904-PTC "Offshore Oil and Gas Logistics", covers theoretical or practical aspects of topics that are important to offshore oil and gas logistics:

  • Upstream Offshore Oil and Gas Logistics
  • Supply Base Management
  • Health, Safety and Environment for the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

The ten seminars in these blocks are compulsory for master's degree students.

In addition, the seminar LOG904-100 Proposal (5 credits) which is a plan for the master's thesis, is compulsory. The students should work out the proposal in close colloboration with their supervisor. The proposal includes the preparation and presentation (written and oral) of the actual thesis in the fourth semester. The seminar "Proposal" will always be presented at the end of the semester, after the other LOG904-PET seminars.

After finishing the seminar series, the students will obtain a broader and deeper level of skills and understanding in several subject areas relevant to petroleum logistics planning and management. Beyond the background established through the completion of the first year of the MSc program in logistics, the seminar series will provide additional theoretical and applied knowledge that will help the students in the research part for the master's thesis.

Each seminar is usually taught Monday to Friday in one week. Usually, the instruction will consist of lectures, assignments, group work and discussions. Attendance is mandatory to all classes.

There will be hand-outs and special material for each seminar. This will be decided by the lecturer responsible for each seminar. The method of evaluation may vary from seminar to seminar, but a letter grade or pass/fail will be given for each seminar. The method used within a given seminar will be announced at the start of the week. For the proposal the evaluation willl be individual oral exam.