School of Science and Engineering

Natural Resources Engineering & Management

BSc in Petroleum Engineering


The programme BSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to produce a new generation of petroleum engineers and make them able to manage their natural resources in the best possible way. This programme deals with day to day operations in petroleum industry such as drilling operations, completions, well testing and logging, reservoir studies and other production operations. 

Overall focus:
This programme is designed to:

  • Educate a petroleum engineer who is capable of working as a drilling, well completion, production, and reservoir engineer.
  • Educate a competent graduate to synthesize and analyse open-ended problems and design solutions for petroleum engineering systems.
  • Ensured Graduates are able to functioning multi-disciplinary teams and integrate information and Data from multiple sources.

Possible Occupations:

Graduates in the field of petroleum engineering can be hired in different domains of the petroleum industry and can achieve higher positions after gaining experience.


The Bachelor in Petroleum Engineering consists of 35 taught modules (23 worth 15 credits and 12 worth 10 credits) and a 30 credit individual research dissertation. Normally, the students study 5 modules in the first four semesters, 4 in 5th and 6th semesters and 3 in each 7th and 8th semesters along with project. However, varying rates of study can be arranged. 

Semesters are 15 week blocks and there is an equivalent of a 3 hours of classes per week for each 15 credit course and 2 hours of classes per week for 10 credits course. Students obtaining 480 credits will be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. The final stage is a dissertation and students may not formally commence this until they have completed the entire taught stage.


Main modules offered in this programme are as: Geophysics, Petroleum Economy, Drilling Engineering -I &II, Thermodynamics, Well Logging and Interpretation, Strength of Materials, Reservoir Engineering-I & II, Production Engineering-I & II, Research Methods and Group Project, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Reservoir Simulation, Natural Gas Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering.

Skills Development

After completion of this programme, graduates become able to understand different techniques of drilling, well testing and well logging techniques to evaluate information in terms of economic viability, different production methods to enhance production rate of hydrocarbons. Students also become familiar to reservoir modelling by using latest software of reservoir simulation. Internship is the main aspect of the programme in which students have to go in the field to polish their skill level and to know the working culture of the field.

This programme is focused on applied and engineering research. Students are highly encouraged to actively participate in research activities such as choosing from a relevant topic, problem formulation, literature search, data collection methods, writing a research proposal to data analysis and writing and presenting their research findings in local and international conferences and journals.


In the programme Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, the student's performance in each module is assessed in various ways (Quizzes, Individual and Group Assignments, Presentations, Exams) throughout the course of each semester. This continuous assessment encourages students to maintain a useful level of effort throughout the semester, rather than leaving private study till just before the final exam.


There is a formal requirement to submit a written thesis and possibly give an oral presentation of their work. Electronic versions of the thesis and presentation slides (if used) are also submitted. Each student is supervised by an approved supervisor from the department. 

The student should have regular contact with their supervisor through bi-weekly progress reports. These reports would be submitted by email. 

At the beginning of the first semester of final year, students are required to submit to the Department a proposal for their research work. When a proposal is approved, a supervisor from among the academic staff is allocated to the student, and the research work begins. Students are required to meet frequently with their supervisors, but the responsibility for progress and the quality of the research work rests with the student. 

Towards the end of the semester, and before a specified deadline, the student is required to submit a report that includes a literature review and an account of the work undertaken during the semester. This report is assessed by the department and the student is required to discuss and defend the report in an oral examination conducted by two members of the academic staff.

Admission Criteria

Admission requirements are: 

  1. Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 77% and above.
  2. Minimum high school education score of  70% in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  3. School Entrance Test
  4. Minimum English Language requirement is 52 Versant (Conditional Offer); 45 in PTE, 5.5 in IELTS or 64 in ibt-TOEFL.
  5. Scheduled Interview 

Note: Conditional Offer may be given to applicants who submit the required minimum score from Versant English Placement Test - Pearson.

Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered

***Notice: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$4,000 per academic year.

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