The MSc in Petroleum Engineering programme aims at broadening, strengthening and integrating knowledge and understanding of the oil and gas industry processes. You'll learn mathematics, science, computer-based methods, design, and engineering practice to solve petroleum engineering problems of varying complexity, taking in consideration the economic, social and environmental context.
You'll gain a detailed knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir so that you'll be able to predict, maintain and improve oil and gas production processes. You'll benefit from the detailed instruction you receive on a suite of software packages that are used in the oil and gas industries to maximize cost-effective production from the field, these include PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.
At the end of the programme, you should have obtained a deep and broad knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir in order to predict, improve, maintain and to innovate the processes of oil and gas production.
We're top 10 in the UK for both student satisfaction and research intensity in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
Key course information - ordered by mode
- Petroleum Geoscience
- Petro physics
- Reservoir engineering and simulation
- Drilling and production
- Advanced reservoir engineering
- Petroleum economics and oilfield management
- Group project (summer period)
- Dissertation (summer period)
The complexity of the oil and gas industry offers a wide variety of opportunities for career development to petroleum engineers.
In most oil companies worldwide the petroleum engineering team consists of a geologist, a reservoir engineer, a petro-physicist, a drilling engineer and a production engineer. With this Masters qualification, you'll be qualified to apply for positions in all of these fields. Each member of this team will be concentrating on their own aspect of the larger task in hand, which is to maximise cost-effective production from the field.
As a graduate of the MSc in Petroleum Engineering your profile will match the needs in different areas of oil and gas production, and reservoir engineering in large companies, which offer attractive graduate programmes, and in medium and small operating and consulting companies.
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.
This Masters course is accredited by the Energy Institute.
The Energy Institute (EI) is the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector.
Society of Petroleum Engineers
LSBU gained approval for the creation of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter in March 2007. The interaction with SPE-London allows our students to attend specialised conferences related to the oil industry, and also to have invited speakers from the industry, delivering presentations on relevant topics.
Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in physical science, engineering or another relevant technological discipline. We particularly welcome overseas and EU applicants with relevant qualifications.
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.
How to apply
International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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Prepare to start
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