Course description

Postgraduate Master Study “CO2 Geological Storage”

This postgraduate specialist university study is offered jointly by the University of Rome and University of Zagreb. In addition to these two providers of the study programme, the participation of the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Heriot-Watt University (HWU), Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and CO2Geonet European Network of Excellence  has been confirmed.

Both University of Zagreb and University of Rome La Sapienza carry out teaching and research in the field of the proposed study programme, as well as other participants. In addition to that, a long-lasting collaboration in various FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects and networks (CO2GeoNet, ENeRG). All other participating institutes are involved in the preparation of the CO2 pilot storage sites onshore Europe. In this way they will bring their state-of-the-art expertise gained in the ongoing projects by co-mentoring individual work of the students during the second semester.


Study programme profile and description

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a rapidly advancing field with many interdisciplinary scientific and technical challenges that are being addressed globally. This Study was organised for the first time within the H2020 project ENOS to prepare a new generation of young people who want to work on these topics, and now it is open for the academic year 2021-2022. The course will present an overview of the state-of-the-art of CCS operations and research; it will focus on the technical and scientific considerations for CO2 injection and safety monitoring, the exploration of critical processes in laboratory studies, and numerical modelling, and conclusively to sound and reliable storage capacity estimates including the project economics and planning of mitigations measures in the case that regulatory requirements are not fully met.

The programme will cover all aspects of the geological storage of CO2 so that the students can both understand the work of all specialists who will be involved in CCS projects such as reservoir engineers, geologists, geophysicists, geochemical modelers, economists, regulators, etc.

Based on their previous geoscientific knowledge from graduate level, after finishing this study (postgraduate specialist level) the participants will be able to further develop their own field of specialization and independently conduct a work as a part of the team preparing the CO2 geological storage project. In addition, proficiency in the integrated methodology for exploration of the deep subsurface means furthering the knowledge of geoscience professionals in general, allowing them to use the new competencies in studies for other purposes – e.g. the geothermal resources, deep aquifers in general, energy storage etc.




Lectures in the first semester are organized in blocks, according to the sequence of modules in the table above. Exams are planned after each module. Modules are organized in three blocks, two in Rome and one in Zagreb.

After a student has passed all the exams and participated actively in a joint project, he/she spends a mobility period (Traineeship 2) at one of partner institutes or universities to carry out research and write the final thesis. After a student has submitted a thesis for evaluation, and the thesis has been evaluated positively, a student will defend a thesis in front of the three–member committee appointed by a Scientific Educational Council and audience of (all students of that study cycle).

Locations and equipment

University of Rome La Sapienza - Lectures will be held in the "Lucchesi Hall" or in other two lecture rooms reserved for the master. The Tectonics and Fluid Chemistry Lab has gas chromatography and field equipment for soil gas surveys. The computer room has the following software installed: Schlumberger simulation packages, Move (Midland Valley), MathLab, Kingdom suite.

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering - Lectures will be held in the council hall and lecture room for postgraduate studies (VP03). The “Laboratory for routine and special core analysis” has equipment for measuring helium porosimetry, absolute permeability in Hassler core holder, permeability by falling pressure method and capillary pressure measurement using Purcell's method. The computer room (V113) has the following necessary software installed: Schlumberger simulation packages, R, Python and MathLab.

Requirements for enrolling the study programme

Candidates are required to have a MSc degree in Earth Sciences according to the European Qualification Framework. Persons that have a degree issued by non-EU universities can be admitted to the course in the case that the Scientific Educational Council recognizes it sufficient for admission. The course will be financed by tuition fees, contributions from CO2Geonet and possible donations by other public and private institutions, within their national regulations. Teacher mobility will be financed through those sources, while extra expenses for student mobility (travel, food and accommodation expenses) will be covered by each student. The full fee in the following cycles will be EUR 2000.

The Call for Application for the Academic Year 2021-2022 is open. The deadline for application is 17th of January 2022. Accordingly, lessons will start in February 2020.

Contacts and information

Sabina Bigi, Earth Sciences Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, University of Rome La Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 - Roma, Italy, (+39) 06 4991 4922, 

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