Petroleum Engineering MEng

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UCAS Code
HH85
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site

Overview

Petroleum engineers are involved in all stages of the exploration, drilling and extracting of oil from subsurface reservoirs, through to its transportation to surface separation and petroleum refineries.

If you're interested in this area, want to see the world and want to graduate with a postgraduate qualification, this MEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering integrated Master's degree course is ideal.

You'll get the practical and theoretical grounding that you need to succeed in the petroleum industry and associated fields. You'll study exploration, drilling, extraction, reservoirs, transportation and refinement. You'll spend time in labs and put what you've learnt to the test in the field.

Your skills and industry connections will make you a strong candidate for filling vacancies in the petroleum and engineering sector. You could work in oil and gas exploration, reservoir modelling, or product marketing, management and finance.

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

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
  • Study for a year longer than our BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering course and graduate with a postgraduate-level Master's degree

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.

Placement year

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.

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of qualified petroleum engineers in the oil and gas industry. 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.

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

You could also continue you studies at PhD 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.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). 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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

​What you'll study

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

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

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
  • Principles of Petroleum Engineering
  • Chemistry for Petroleum Engineering
  • Earth Processes
  • Communication and Engineering Technology Appreciation
  • Mathematical Principles

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Petroleum Engineering Numerical and Computational Methods
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Petroleum Geosciences
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Thermodynamics and Reservoir Fluid Properties

Optional units in this year are:

  • Petroleum Refinery
  • A language option 

Core units in this year include:

  • Individual Project
  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
  • Formation Evaluation and Well Logging
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery and Field Development

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Energy Management, Economics & Risk Analysis
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Well Engineering
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Reservoir Engineering and Simulation

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Reservoir Engineering and Simulation
  • Well Engineering

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

How you'll spend your time

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

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
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.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 31% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 69% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 82% studying independently
  • Year 4 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 83% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • seminars and open discussions
  • analysis of case study
  • lab work
  • individual and group coursework
  • presentations and exams

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 units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 88% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 4% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 83% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 13% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 52% by written exams and 48% by coursework

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – HH85
  • our institution code – P80

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.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can 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. 

Contact information
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  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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