Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering

Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering
4- or 5-year engineering degree
Training pace
In brief


Did you know that understanding the architecture of reservoirs and rock-fluid interactions are key factors to optimize production? The complementary skills of geoscientists and engineers are essential to their success. By completing the Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering program, you’ll master both the methods and the tools used to sustainably produce Oil & Gas fields, to develop storage capacity for gas and CO2, and even to exploit geothermal resources. Following your case-based training, you’ll be recruited thanks to your operational capabilities and your ability to lead projects in an international and multicultural environment. Accept the challenge!

The key points of the program

Applied teaching
International mobility

Career prospects for graduates

National oil and gas companies
Oil and gas equipment and services
Foreign oil companies (private)
French oil and gas companies
Program & planning


This program is indicative only. Other courses may be selected by the students according to their initial education and to the requirements of the thesis. Moreover, a wide variety of courses are offered by the other partner institutions (in the United States, Argentina and Russia) for the first fall term and the second fall term.


Data Science

  • Data analytics and machine learning

Reservoir engineering

  • Reservoir engineering fundamentals
  • Production mechanisms
  • Well testing and interpretation
  • Well performance
  • Reservoir simulation
  • Advanced reservoir simulation
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Complementary well testing, well performance
  • CO2 storage modeling


  • Geoscience fundamentals
  • Well logging
  • Reservoir characterization and modeling
  • Complementary well logging
  • Reservoir geology
  • Advanced reservoir characterization and modeling
  • Fractured reservoirs


The two examples of schedules shown below correspond to the most frequently encountered cases for students in this program: 16-month program for students with a 4- or 5-year engineering degree either entirely at IFP School

  • with an induction period in a company
  • or with two terms on the partner’s campus (TAMU, Gubkin, ITBA, ITB, Kazan) to obtain a double degree

2021 RGE Planning

Career opportunities


  • Oil & Gas companies (IOC and NOC)
  • Oil & Gas equipment and service companies
  • Geothermal energy industry
  • Energy consulting companies
  • International institution


  • Reservoir geoscientists: work on describing the geometry and architecture of oil and gas reservoirs, and on characterizing them. In a second step, they calculate the georessources trapped in the deposits.
  • Reservoir engineers: study the production potential of reservoirs and the technical means to be implemented to optimize recovery rates.


Funding & sponsorships

Typical promotion type

Most of the students are supported by companies (through sponsorships or study leave) that finance their living expenses during the academic period and contribute towards their tuition.

Applications for admission to IFP School and for financial support must be made concurrently. The search for financial support is a process that takes time (unsolicited requests made to companies, interviews with HR managers and operational staff, etc.).

Main sponsors

Among these companies, the following have been IFP School partners in recent years (non-exhaustive list):

  • BP
  • Cepsa
  • Ecopetrol
  • Engie
  • Equinor
  • ExxonMobil
  • Gazprom Neft
  • Lukoil
  • Perenco
  • Petrobras
  • PTT-EP
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Schlumberger
  • TotalEnergies