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Profile of Programme

The University of Cyprus, through its leading MSc in Natural Gas and Energy Transition programme, offers the opportunity to successful candidates to further expand their studies in the hydrocarbon field, with a view to claiming a place in the Hydrocarbon and Energy industries. The programme was established in 2013, is academically administrated by the Hydrocarbon Committee and the actual degree is awarded by the Engineering School of the University of Cyprus.

The programme admits candidates with a reputable background in Engineering and Sciences. It is designed to equip its graduates with the essential technical foundations/ knowledge for pursuing opportunities in the Hydrocarbon and Energy Industries. The graduates of the program will be suitable candidates for employment mainly within the up-stream and mid-stream sectors of the Energy industries. The program offers up to 15 student places every year.

A student that follows the scheduled program will be able to complete the relevant coursework and the final project in 16 months (from September to December).

The programme is designed to be complete on the subjects based on core courses. Courses are subject to changes in line with technological advancements, industry trends/demands, as well as the requirements of regulatory and administrative bodies. Emphasis is given in every course to include instructors who are experts in their field, with long track-record/experience in the Energy industry. In addition, students benefit from a rich learning environment, inspired by motivated professionals working in the sector with extensive, diverse and practical experiences and knowledge.

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Key Learning Outcomes

The main objective of the Master in Natural Gas andin Energy Transition programme is to build and accelerate the development of national workforces for recruitment by the local authorities, national subsidiaries and international operating companies in the upstream oil and gasenergy industry. The programme will addresses, in particular, the growing needs of deep-water exploration and development that have raised the complexity of technical challenges in geosciences and hydrocarbon engineering and have increased the difficulty of hydrocarbon exploitation. Knowing that the development of competencies and key capabilities in energy engineering remains the biggest hurdle in workforce management in the energy industry, this program provides the first step which is the education in the relevant subjects.

Key Information

Department: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Programme Name: Natural Gas in Energy Transition

Direction: Natural Gas in Energy Transition

Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master's Degree) [4 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: English

Coordinator: Panos Papanastasiou, Professor

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory 90

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The programme admits candidates with a reputable background in Engineering and Sciences. Specifically, the program is designed with prerequisite knowledge obtained by graduates with a BSc in Engineering and GeoSciences (such as Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Mining, Environmental, Geology and others). Candidates from other fields of Engineering or Sciences (such as Electrical, Computer, Physics and Chemistry) will be expected to attend prerequisites lessons organized by the Master in Natural Gas in Energy Transition program. Prerequisite subjects are considered those taught in the courses of applied mathematics, computational methods, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics.

Applicants must demonstrate competitive academic standards and top grades in English language. All program students must be able to demonstrate their abilities in English. For a quick reference to the level of English knowledge, equates to a C-grade at English GCSE or an IELTS score of 6.5, or for a Test of English as a foreign language (ETS TOEFL®) a minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet-based) will be required.

The candidates must apply officially for admission to the program by the specified date. There is only one admission period for every academic year, in September. The applications are evaluated by the Hydrocarbon Committee of the Engineering School and approved by the Engineering Council.
The selection of the students is based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and academic record.
  • Achievements of the applicant in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  • Promise for a professional and academic career in hydrocarbon and Energy industries.

If the candidates do not fulfil the above criteria the Engineering School reserves the right to admit fewer students than the announced positions.

The number of places available are announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
  • Previous University education in a suitable subject (academic background) and grades of relevant degrees.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal interview and/or written examination (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).

The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as: (a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals, (b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes, (c) presentations by students at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience, etc

Students must always advise the University's Postgraduate Study Rules.

Successful completion of the requirements of the Programme.

The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student.

In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, with the exception of the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.

The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Doctoral Programmes.