Frequently asked questions

We are very pleased about your interest in the BPSD Executive Education Program. You can start learning about our program by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions below. Do feel free to contact us for additional information.

What is BPSD Program?
BPSD is a postgraduate 18-months part-time study program in Basin and Petroleum System Dynamics. This integrated program focuses on petroleum explorations and is aimed at students who have been employed by the Petroleum Industry. The program is unique in that it combines process understanding and process simulation not only knowing how it works but also knowing how it works numerically!
And it does that on a variety of skills, looking from the individual building blocks of petroleum systems to entire sedimentary basins; and that is in fact not offered anywhere else in the world, just here – at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.

It is a tailor made program which emphasizes on all aspects of basin systems modelling which relies on a solid geological education and couples it with numerical simulation and modelling. This additional polishing makes students very valuable for industry since they can use their knowledge gained during the course for their day-to-day exploration work.

Who is the target group of the program?
BPSD is aimed mainly at students who are or have been employed in the Petroleum Industry. Even if they have just started, thus don`t have the complete background normally required for petroleum exploration, they are right for this program and will succeed in it!
Our students come to us while still working in the industry; therefore, we designed a curriculum with manageable durations of residency. For two weeks in a block they are taught by European experts in their individual fields on the basics of petroleum exploration, sedimentary base and evolution and generation of oil and gas.

What are the learning objectives of BPSD?
The program intends to introduce participants to a new dimension in the understanding, quantification and modeling of geo-processes. Participants will be able to involve themselves directly in sedimentary basin and petroleum system analysis from a petroleum exploration point of view.
After the program, the candidates will have acquired:

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of the fundamental controls on sedimentary basin evolution;
  • Specialist skills in petroleum characterisation;
  • Excellent capabilities in understanding and modelling of the interactions of complex geo-processes in hydrocarbon exploration;
  • Expert skills to tackle advanced needs of numerical simulation and geo-process understanding;
  • Practical knowledge in geodata management and visualisation;
  • Expertise in the integration of individual dynamic geologic processes into a fundamental understanding of exploration risk;
  • Comprehensive expert skills to enhance own performance as explorationists or production engineers.

Why is the BPSD program important?
The oil and gas industry has been a leading player in exploiting the power of virtual reality technology to enhance its business processes. The pressure to reduce exploration and development costs of new reserves and existing fields is immense: drilling wells, for example, may consume up to 85% of the total exploratory funds. Thus, the decision to drill should be taken in a sensible way based on studies that provide detailed knowledge of the area’s geologic conditions, both on the surface and in the subsurface. Therefore, knowledge of basin and petroleum system dynamics is key: a fundamental understanding of the geo-process occurring at different spatial and temporal timescales enables specialists to quickly and comprehensively interpret and manage large volumes of geodata, thus is significantly reducing cycle time for prospect generation.

A comprehensive integrative course where geoscientists are brought up to date with the latest developments in all critical domains (geophysics, geology, mathematics, chemistry, reservoir and petroleum engineering) is, however, not readily available. At Jacobs University Bremen, this gap is closed by the part-time executive Masters program in Basin and Petroleum System Dynamics.

What are the deadlines for applying, and when could I expect to hear if I am admitted?
A new batch of students starts every two years. The next group is expected to start in August 2017. You may apply for the whole program, but also for individual courses. Please apply via our website.

We will answer your questions and application usually within 48 hours. A final decision on your application is taken after careful consideration by the Admissions Committee. This usually takes less than one to two weeks after you have handed in a completed application file.

What qualities do you look for in your applicants?
We look for open minded people that have gained already some practical industry experience in any field of petroleum geosciences. Applicants should be motivated to learn, to actively participate in class and be willing to invest time for self study in between the lecture-blocks.

How can I apply for the program?
Via Registration & Contact you find our application form that informs you in depth regarding required documents etc.

When is the training offered and how is the schedule for it?
Ten on-site learning weeks are bundled into blocks of two weeks each held at Jacobs University Bremen. The lecturing part is spread over the first 12 months. Project work and the master thesis dominate the later part of the program. An overview of the scheduled blocks you can find here.

What kind of a degree do I earn at the end of the Professional Training Programs?
After finishing all parts of the program successfully, you will be awarded with a “Master of Science”. Courses will include lectures as well as exercises: guided reading and group work will deepen the understanding of participants. The path towards practical application of newly acquired knowledge is prepared by a project assignment. A guided master thesis as well as a final exam will complement the program.

What kind of food and housing is available for the BPSD program participants?
Participants are offered to stay in Jacobs University’s Guesthouse which is located on campus. Each room is provided with a small kitchen and a bathroom. The Guesthouse is not a hotel. You may cook yourself or you may make use of the Jacobs’ mensa which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is usually one vegetarian dish at least. Also, Halal is being offered. 

Close to campus and also in the City center of Bremen, there are all kind of hotels. In case you might be interested in staying there, please feel free to contact us – we are more than happy to help you finding the right place for you.

During the all day lectures, soft drinks and finger food is provided.

Do you accept international applicants?
Jacobs University is an English speaking, highly international University. All programs are being offered in English. Its 1.200 students come from more than 100 nations. Since the BPSD program is a program of global relevance, its participants are also from different countries and continents, ranging from Asia to Africa, South America and Europe.

What is the cost of the program and what does it include?
Please contact the BPSD Administrator for the current program costs. Discounts may be offered, for example to companies sending three or more employees at a time etc. The BPSD program also offers different options on billing terms.

The tuition fee covers all program related costs that is lectures, workshops, costs for training material and certain socializing events. – Room and board as well as travel costs are not covered.

Participants are offered to stay in Jacobs University’s Guesthouse which is located on campus. Each room is provided with a small kitchen and a bathroom. The Guesthouse is not a hotel. They may cook themselves or may make use of the Jacobs’ canteen which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is at least one vegetarian dish offered. Also, Halal products are made available.

What financial support is available and how do I apply for it?
Financial support can be considered only in special cases. There are no regular scholarships offered via the program. Please contact us.

Why study in Germany, why especially at Jacobs University?
Germany is in the central part of Europe which effectively brings together experts from all its parts. Consequently we are able to get world class people to give our courses.

The students come here and they are separated from working environment and family, focus exclusively on the subjects required.

Additionally, the residential, English medium campus of Jacobs University with its modern facilities offers perfect opportunities to combine study and leisure and the students profit from the special atmosphere of a truly international environment.


*Please note that this webpage is currently being updated – the start date and course tuition fees mentioned above is subject to changes.