School of Science and Engineering


Natural Resources Engineering & Management

MSc in Petroleum Engineering

Overview

The programme MSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to introduce a new generation of petroleum engineers and equip them to handle their natural resources in the best possible way. This programme deals with day to day operation in petroleum industry such as drilling operations, well completions, well testing and logging, reservoir simulation studies and other production operations.

 Graduates in the field of petroleum engineering can be hired in different domains of the petroleum industry and can achieve higher positions with a high degree of professionalism and experience.
MSc in Petroleum Engineering is introduced for those who are interested in further enhancing their knowledge in this field. This programme takes the professional one further in their field and strengthen their theoretical and practical capability.
Possible occupations:
After graduation, doors of public and private oil and gas companies including E&P (Exploration and Production) companies would open for the petroleum engineers at several levels.


Structure

The Master in Petroleum engineering is a two year programmeme consisting of 180 credits; eight taught modules each worth 15 credits and 60 credit for dissertation. Normally, students study 3 modules in first two semesters; two along with dissertation in third semester and continue working on dissertation during 4th semester. Semesters are 15 week blocks and there will be an equivalent of a 3 hour class for each 15 credit course per week. Students obtaining 180 credits will be eligible for Master of Science certificate in Petroleum Engineering.


Modules

The modules offered in this programmeme are as: Advanced Reservoir Engineering, Advanced Well Testing, Advanced Drilling Engineering, Advanced Production Engineering, Advanced Reservoir Simulation, Advanced Well Logging, Carbonate Reservoir Geology, Fluid Flow through Porous Media.


Skills Development

After completion of this programme, graduates become able to mastering different techniques of drilling, production and completion along with well logging and testing methods to evaluate formation in terms of economic viability, different production methods to enhance production rate of hydrocarbons. Students also became familiar to reservoir modelling by using latest software of reservoir simulation.

Research:
This programme is focused on cutting edge research in petroleum industry. Students are required 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.


Assessment

In the Programmeme Master of science in Petroleum Engineering, the student's performance in each module is assessed in various ways and 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. The differences nature and approach of the various modules call for some diversity in the approach to assessment.


Dissertation

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 submitted by email.

At the end of the first 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 this report in an oral examination conducted by two members of the academic staff.


Tuition Fee

6000 USD per academic year.