MSc in Petroleum Engineering

General

Program Description

This programme will train you to understand and effectively utilise the workflow concepts now prevailing in the oil industry and prepare you to work in multidisciplinary teams.

This MSc is a one-year, full-time course that trains petroleum engineering professionals to understand and effectively utilise the workflow concepts now prevailing in the oil industry, and prepares them fully for work in multidisciplinary teams.

The programme provides a 12-month conversion from other engineering and science-based foundations into the specialities of petroleum engineering and is designed for both those with industrial experience and recent graduates.

The course begins in early October. Formal lectures, problem classes, laboratories and computer exercises take place on a full-time structured basis from October to March, during the academic terms, and cover a total of 390 hours.

The course curriculum is organised around five teaching modules. All modules feature petroleum engineering laboratories, a field trip, seminars with industry and communication skills classes.

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2018 and 2022.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We, therefore, recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Coursework modules

You take all of the core coursework modules below.

  • Reservoir Characterisation/Reservoir Engineering and Performance/Field Development: Group Field Project
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Production Logging
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Well Test Analysis
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Numerical Reservoir Simulators
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Reservoir Performance Predictors
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Upscaling

Exam modules

You take all of the core exam modules below.

  • Field Development: EOR
  • Field Development: Process Engineering and Surface Facilities
  • Fundamentals: Flow in Porous Media
  • Fundamentals: Reservoir Fluids
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Petrophysics
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Well Test Analysis
  • Reservoir Engineering / Performance: Reservoir Performance Prediction
  • Well Engineering / Performance: Well Construction (Drilling and Completion)

Independent project

The independent project provides the opportunity to study a particular aspect of petroleum engineering in-depth, thus expanding the knowledge acquired in the taught modules. In many cases, the project is undertaken in collaboration with industry and you will be offered a choice of industrial placements in the UK and abroad.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Fieldwork
  • Group projects
  • Independent project (often via industry placements)
  • Lectures
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Fieldwork exercises
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Reports
  • Written Examination

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in science or engineering.

Applicants with other qualifications, and a minimum of three years of industrial experience, may be considered.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry

£17,750 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not the year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

£37,250 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not the year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Last updated Jan 2020

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