petroleum engineering student taking measurement
UCAS Code
H850
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Major advances in renewable energy are moving forward quickly but the reality is we're likely to depend on oil and gas for many more years to come. If you'd get a kick out of solving problems in this area and want to see the world, this BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering degree course is ideal.

You'll get a practical understanding of oil exploration, drilling and extraction, learn how the petroleum industry functions and get to apply your skills in our labs and on field trips.

There's currently a shortage of qualified oil and gas engineers. The skills and industry connections you develop on this course will set you up for a career in the petroleum and engineering sector in areas such as oil and gas exploration, reservoir modelling, product marketing, management and finance.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute. This lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

After the course, you'll also be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study the phases involved in finding, drilling and extracting oil
  • Apply your skills in our geological and reservoir and drilling labs
  • Use our computer-aided design (CAD) suite, rapid prototyping suite, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Take your learning out of the lab, with field visits to Stockbridge production facility and Kimmeridge Bay for geological work
  • Take advantage of our status as an active chapter for the Society of Petroleum Engineers with regular industrial talks and an annual event celebrating Petroleum Week
  • Become a student member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – we pay student membership fees for all of the students on this course
  • Have the chance to expand your experience and make valuable contacts by completing your final-year project with support from the industry professionals and companies

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in many petroleum-related fields, including:

  • oil and gas exploration and production
  • reservoir modelling
  • drilling and refinery operations
  • product marketing
  • manufacturing
  • management
  • finance

What jobs can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • petroleum engineer
  • reservoir engineer
  • drilling engineer
  • gas engineer

You could also continue you studies as postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

When I saw there was an opening in my dream job, I knew it would be intensely competitive. I'd studied hard and prepared, but was my internship that really tipped the balance.

Ola Ajayi, Petroleum Engineering Student

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Practice
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Engineering Principles
  • Petroleum Geoscience

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Numerical and Computational Methods in Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Properties and Thermodynamics
  • Reservoir Engineering

Optional modules in this year are:

  • Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
  • Petroleum Refinery Operations

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at companies including:

  • IGas
  • IHS
  • Oilfield International
  • Premier Reservoir

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Formation Evaluation and Well Logging
  • Individual Project
  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials (personal and academic)
  • laboratory
  • project work
  • computer-aided-engineering system activity
  • open access study

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 84% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 8% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 68% by written exams and 32% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 43% by written exams and 57% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering degree entry requirements

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with a minimum of 40 points from Mathematics, plus one relevant subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H850
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H850
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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