The six core modules (equivalent to 105 credits) provide both fundamental and applied skills training in industry-relevant Petroleum Production Engineering topics.
The research project is 60 credits and begins in semester 2 and is the only credit-bearing module to run in semester 3. All taught courses are completed and examined by the end of semester 2. Assessment is via a range of methods and may include individual or group presentations, in-class tests, written reports, calculation-based problems, drill sim demonstrations and final examinations.
You also have the opportunity to choose one of our 15-credit optional modules. These modules allow you to tailor your specialization in either downstream or upstream petroleum production engineering.
Every student undertakes a research project that runs throughout the latter part of the year. This project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Throughout the research project, you’ll produce an independent study, reflecting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. This will enable you to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting a research work of the type you will undertake in an industrial or academic environment. You’ll be support by with a petroleum engineering academic and have access to some of the outstanding facilities in School of Chemical and Process Engineering.
You will be able to choose from a wide range of research topics or alternatively propose your own research topic relating to a challenge in petroleum production. Examples of past project topics include:
Enhancement of mechanical strength and corrosion inhibition in oil pipelines
Reducing oil pipeline scaling using nano-particle seeding agents
Monitoring pipeline flows using electrical resistance tomography (ERT)
The application of nano-technology in enhancing oil recovery
Application of polymer-based nano-particles in absorbing and controlling oil spillages
Tribo-electrostatic beneficiation of oil shale using a powder dispersal system
A proportion of research projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Petroleum Production Engineering module descriptions for more details on what you could study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Petroleum Production Engineering MSc in the course catalogue
Research Project (MSc)
Advanced Drilling and Production Technology
Drilling and Production Technology
Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Flow Assurance and Oilfield Chemistry
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
Learning and teaching
The course is delivered by several academics who have extensive research and practical experience in Petroleum Production Engineering. These academics will become your mentor and help you develop professionally through our weekly academic tutorial programme and petroleum lunch club.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, practicals, tutorials and seminars. Independent study is also an important element of the course, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
A typical workload on the Petroleum Production Engineering degree includes approximately 30-40% contact time with academics and the remaining time split between practicals, group activities, assignments, self-study and examination preparation. You will have access to our 24/7 computer cluster, private study and group activity zones. All software required for you to complete your degree is provided on the university network.
All of our lectures are video/audio captured and posted on our virtual learning environment, Minerva. We also post bite-sized technical videos, all course notes, additional learning materials, and all assignments, enabling you to develop your learning at your own pace.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.