Petroleum and gas extraction equipment
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Shape your engineering career for the rapidly changing demands of the gas and petroleum industry with a Master's course focused on the future of the sector.

You'll develop your skills in oil and gas extraction, as these will remain part of the world's energy mix for years to come. But you'll also look at the opportunities and threats of the transition to green energy and Net Zero carbon targets, examine environmental challenges and climate change mitigation measures such as CO2 capture and storage, and diversify your skillset with subjects such as data science and artificial intelligence. 

You'll be studying with industry professionals and expert academic staff, working on key industry themes such as Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Simulation, as you follow an MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering programme specifically designed to meet the demand for petroleum and gas specialists in the industry.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU and international students.

Please note, if you're applying for this course as an international student, you'll need to have clearance under the Academic Tech Approval Scheme (ATAS). This is an extra security check made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Course highlights

  • Future-proof your career by studying hydrocarbon production optimisation alongside greener energy and sustainability issues such as carbon capture and storage
  • Use £5 million worth of industry-standard software packages, such as Petrel E&P, and attend talks from visiting software providers like Schlumberger, Kappa or CMG
  • Visit projects and view active equipment on field trips to local hydrocarbon-producing well sites such as Wytch Farm, Stockbridge and Storrington
  • Learn how to apply our unique AI-supported methodologies, and add data science and Python programmng to your petroleum and gas engineering skillset

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 featuring guest lecturers from industry, as well as showcasing all SPE UK webinars. It also organises field trips and careers talks.

I chose to pursue a postgraduate qualification for career advancement. I have been able to learn how to use Petrel, software that’s really important in the oil and gas sector.

Onobhamiukor Okhiria, MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering ambassador

What you'll study on this MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering degree course

Full-time

Modules studied
All modules on this MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering degree are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Establish a critical understanding of the key concepts of big data management and data analysis using the mathematical and statistical techniques, soft computing and artificial intelligence
  • Evaluate the role of data science and digital technologies in oil and gas industry and explain their applications
  • Practise the analysis and processing of a large scale dataset in the area of petroleum engineering using deep learning and neural networks
  • Develop hands-on data science and analysis skills using artificial intelligence and machine learning with the aid of suitable software

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Develop understanding of fundamentals of reservoir physics and fluid properties in reservoir simulation and its application to modelling conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Advance the understanding of reservoir drive mechanisms and their effect on reservoir performance and recovery
  • Apply analytical and numerical methods in the appraisal and development planning
  • Apply advanced petroleum engineering concepts to the reservoir simulation modeling
  • Advance the understanding on key processes in field life including appraisal, well planning, field development and reservoir management
  • Understand the importance of economic value in field development planning

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts of well drilling, completion and production
  • Critically understand and evaluate HSE requirements for drilling and production operations
  • Establish a critical understanding of well production optimisation via nodal analysis, design of artificial lifts and mitigation of formation damage using stimulation techniques
  • Analyse the inflow and outflow performance relationship for oil and gas wells using stabilised well testing and nodal analysis supported with a well performance software
  • Perform appropriate well performance calculations in order to design artificial lift systems supported with a well performance software

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Estimate reservoir rock properties using analytical and experimental approaches
  • Apply fluid flow equations to describe the performance of the reservoir
  • Analyse pressure transient data to characterise reservoir properties using well testing methods
  • Apply commercial software in the performance of well testing techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse the role of in climate change through carbon cycle and carbon budget
  • Explain the principles of CCS technology
  • Evaluate different CO2 capture techniques
  • Analyse the principles of CO2 storage in subsurface formations
  • Apply engineering knowledge to design a CCS project

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Appraise current practice limitations and investigate the new emerging technologies by research and experiments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project, and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use of technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

Explore this module

Part-time

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

All modules on this MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts of well drilling, completion and production
  • Critically understand and evaluate HSE requirements for drilling and production operations
  • Establish a critical understanding of well production optimisation via nodal analysis, design of artificial lifts and mitigation of formation damage using stimulation techniques
  • Analyse the inflow and outflow performance relationship for oil and gas wells using stabilised well testing and nodal analysis supported with a well performance software
  • Perform appropriate well performance calculations in order to design artificial lift systems supported with a well performance software

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and operation of the modern power systems and its constituent components and subsystems
  • Competently perform the load flow analysis for an electrical power network and interpret the results of the analysis
  • Analyse the faults and transient stability of the system using both analytical and simulation approaches and techniques

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse the role of in climate change through carbon cycle and carbon budget
  • Explain the principles of CCS technology
  • Evaluate different CO2 capture techniques
  • Analyse the principles of CO2 storage in subsurface formations
  • Apply engineering knowledge to design a CCS project

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Establish a critical understanding of the key concepts of big data management and data analysis using the mathematical and statistical techniques, soft computing and artificial intelligence
  • Evaluate the role of data science and digital technologies in oil and gas industry and explain their applications
  • Practise the analysis and processing of a large scale dataset in the area of petroleum engineering using deep learning and neural networks
  • Develop hands-on data science and analysis skills using artificial intelligence and machine learning with the aid of suitable software

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Develop understanding of fundamentals of reservoir physics and fluid properties in reservoir simulation and its application to modelling conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Advance the understanding of reservoir drive mechanisms and their effect on reservoir performance and recovery
  • Apply analytical and numerical methods in the appraisal and development planning
  • Apply advanced petroleum engineering concepts to the reservoir simulation modeling
  • Advance the understanding on key processes in field life including appraisal, well planning, field development and reservoir management
  • Understand the importance of economic value in field development planning

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Estimate reservoir rock properties using analytical and experimental approaches
  • Apply fluid flow equations to describe the performance of the reservoir
  • Analyse pressure transient data to characterise reservoir properties using well testing methods
  • Apply commercial software in the performance of well testing techniques

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Appraise current practice limitations and investigate the new emerging technologies by research and experiments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project, and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use of technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

Explore this module

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

This course is designed to develop you for practical, analytical and managerial roles in oil and gas engineering, with the ability to apply what you've learned to associated industries in sustainable power, decarbonisation or geotechnical analysis. 

We'll provide you with access to professional networks through site visits and guest lecturers, alongside support in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. 

9 reasons to do a Master's

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Analyst
  • Field engineer 
  • Gas engineer 
  • Petroleum engineer 
  • Reservoir engineer 
  • Test specialist

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Female student standing at careers and employability help desk

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree runs over 12 months (full-time) or 3 years (part-time). You'll receive a timetable shortly before your study starts, to help you plan your time. 

Full-time

If you study full-time, you can expect:

  • 10 hours of teaching time each week
  • 20 hours of independent study each week

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your MSc project.

We aim to ensure full-time students have at least one day off per week, to allow for individual study.

Part-time

If you study part-time, you should expect:

  • 3-4 hours of teaching time each week
  • 6-7 hours of independent study each week

In the last year of the course you'll be focusing on your MSc project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • software-based coursework
  • project work

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • dissertation

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.

Full details of assessment can be found in the modules in the 'What you'll study' section.

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Jebraeel Gholinezhad

I am a lecturer and researcher in the area of Petroleum Engineering, and a chartered engineer (CEng) registered with Engineering Council, UK. My teaching and research interests are in reservoir fluid characterization, well performance and artificial lifts, gas hydrates, and flow assurance (wax, asphaltene, scale, hydrates). 

Read more about Jebraeel

Amjad Shah

I am a lecturer in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Portsmouth. My research interests are in shale gas production and reservoirs, sensor data fusion and intelligent monitoring, and organic carbon. 

Read more about Amjad

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

See key dates

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

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 mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 start)

  • Full time: £9,400
  • Part time: £3,130 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £9,400
  • Part-time: £3,130 per year

  • Full time: £18,300
  • Part time: £6,100 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional 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 could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU and international students.

Please note, if you're applying for this course as an international student, you'll need to have clearance under the Academic Tech Approval Scheme (ATAS). This is an extra security check made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

September 2022 start

  • 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.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not 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.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could 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.

Ready to apply?

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.