mechanical engineering student with equipment
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
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

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.

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 be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

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

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.

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 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.

What you'll study on this MEng Petroleum Engineering degree course

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.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Energy Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Resevoir Characterisation
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Well Engineering

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.

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
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

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:

  • 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 modules 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

Entry requirements​

MEng Petroleum Engineering Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 120-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with a minimum of 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

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

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,400 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 this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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