This MEng Petroleum Engineering offers an integrated route that combines undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over 4 years. The course takes you through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application.
Reasons to study here
- Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
- Professional accreditation: Accredited by energy institute, provides some or all of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
- Strong heritage: Petroleum courses taught for over 60 years in the heart of London.
- Industry-standard software: Access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.
- Overall excellence: No. 1 University in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey (National Student Survey 2017).
- Brand new equipment: Over £1 million invested in lab equipment in 2016.
- Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
- Top 10 in the UK: for research intensity in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
This degree course covers
On graduation, you'll be ready for a career as a professional engineer in either the petroleum industry or chemical process industries. This course covers:
- oil and gas exploration
- reservoir engineering
- production engineering
- petroleum geology
- separation processes
- computer modeling
You can apply for undergraduate student funding for this course, so you can gain a postgraduate level qualification without the financial pressures normally associated with further study.
This course is subject to validation and content may change.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework
- Engineering principles 1
- Engineering principles 2
- Design and practice
- Engineering mathematics and modeling
- Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
- Engineering computing
- Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
- Fluid and separation
- Geoscience, well drilling and logging
- Principles of control
- Reservoir engineering and petroleum economics
- Design project
- Production engineering
- Petroleum process and control
- Innovation and enterprise
- Reservoir management
- Process safety and environment protection
- Technical, research and professional
- Petroleum Geoscience
- Petroleum economics
- Advanced reservoir engineering
- Group project
Graduates from the Petroleum Engineering course can develop careers in the petroleum industry but are also suitably qualified for employment in the chemical process industries.
As a graduate, you'll have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as, the ability to complete analytical investigative work and laboratory techniques using safe practice, and working independently or as part of a team. You'll also gain valuable hands-on experience in industry software which you can use in your design project.
What to expect from your career
Petroleum Engineers find themselves working with geoscientists, other engineers, and commercial managers to reveal the ideal locations to locate wells and predict how much oil or gas could be extracted. They use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered as efficiently as possible. They'll design parts of the well and production systems, and give feedback to clients.
Typical earnings range from £52,000 to £95,000 a year.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Though not essential (and subject to availability), you may wish to spend your third year in an industrial placement where you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice, returning afterwards for the final year at university.
This five-year sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.
Industry software for petroleum engineers
Students in the subject areas of chemical, process, and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper, and GAP.
Teaching and learning
The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. You'll find that many of your lecturers have worked in the oil industry around the world. We make sure our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace.
As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
- A Level AAB or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions 6 Merit including 2 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Science (Chemistry preferred)
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. This is a requirement for enrolment at the University or for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you need to make a Tier 4 General visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.
You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.
The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.
The JACS code for this course is H850.