Petroleum and Gas Engineering
Gain skills and knowledge in the Petroleum upstream industry
Why take this course?
The MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering is a programme that encompasses a wide range of specific knowledge, in particular Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulation. It also gives you the ability to appraise and select the appropriate technologies for safe production and for enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas, as pertinent to the modern petroleum industry.
This course is planned to respond to the need for specialists in upstream petroleum engineering systems and management by meeting the growing skills shortage of people, with core knowledge in this field. It provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will equip graduates and working professionals in the advanced concepts of reservoir and field development. It supports career development for the industry as well as career change.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Undertake field work in a number of locations in the UK
- Undertake an industry relevant project working with industry
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Portsmouth Chapter
The SPE Chapter is organised managed and run by the students for the students under the guidelines of SPE international. The Chapter regularly host events and guest lecturers from the industry as well as showcasing all SPE UK webinars. It also hosts several field trips to near-by sites and organises careers seminars.
What opportunities might it lead to?
You are likely to gain work in:
- oil and gas exploration
- reservoir modelling
- engineering and management
- drilling and production
- product marketing
- management and finance
You will thrive in an exciting developing research environment, where your project can involve aspects of research in close collaboration with academic staff and industrial partners, both in the UK and abroad.
The lecturers here are world class engineers – leaders in their field – so deciding to stay on and do my MSc here was the best decision I ever made.
David Hume, engineering student
- 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
- 2017 entry requirements
- A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a Science or Engineering subject. Professionals with other qualifications and a minimum of three years relevant industrial experience may also be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £6,400 part time: £2,130 p/a* (3 Years)
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 part time: £4,800 p/a* (3 Years)
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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Structure & Teaching
You will study six units on this course plus an individual project.
The course concludes with an individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Your projects will be tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health and safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.
Core units include:
- Petroleum Fundamentals and Exploration
- Reservoir Characterisation
- Reservoir Engineering and Simulation
- Well Engineering
- Unconventional Resources
- Energy Economics Management and Risk Analysis
Plus an individual project.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and project work. Each unit typically has up to 48 hours scheduled for lectures and supervised activities. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our drilling, petroleum and computer laboratories, as well as in private study directed by lecturers.
Lecturers spend part of the scheduled time in the tutorial sessions to provide further opportunities to consolidate your learning and support you with any additional learning, for example with technical aspects of the course. You will also have a personal tutor who will support your engagement with other academic matters to enhance your learning as well as personal and professional development.
How are you assessed?
Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes examinations, assessed coursework, laboratory work and a dissertation that can often be linked with industry.
Hassan Sayed Mohamed
Alongside gaining in-depth knowledge of major aspects of the oil and gas industry, students will examine the fundamentals of petroleum engineering, reservoir characterisation and modelling. They will review current and emerging non-conventional resources and their interaction with the environment and economics. This course is developing a new generation of engineers to lead and transform the upstream sector today.
Facilities & Features
Our students have access to the latest experimental and computational facilities dedicated to the programme. We have invested a great deal in our facilities so that you can put the knowledge you gain from our courses into practice. Our laboratories are staffed by experts in the respective fields.
Specialist Software and Equipment
We have an impressive collection of hardware/software development tools for design, development and implementation. With many of our labs fully equipped with numerous benches for testing and measurements of a wide range of systems, you'll have access to all the tools and equipment you will possibly need to explore mud rheology and drilling as well as reservoir characterisation and simulation.
You will have access to our advanced computer suites with the latest analysis and simulation software including Schlumberger package, ECLIPSE, Petrel, Pipe Sim, Techlog, Sapphire, CMG. Regular use of such applications enables familiarisation with industry-standard software packages.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests in all aspects of the Petroleum upstream industry. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this expanding and dynamic field.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
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