Undergraduate study
Petroleum and Gas Engineering (Top-up)

BEng Tech (Hons) Petroleum and Gas Engineering (Top-up)

UCAS code: H850 Tech/PE

This programme covers a range of petroleum and gas engineering topics. Developmental elements of the course help you acquire the transferable and team-working skills that employers seek.

Eligible entry qualifications include Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) and foundation degrees in a relevant subject. Acceptable subjects include engineering, chemistry and geology.

Course information


  • Length: 1 year

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  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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The modules complement each other, deepening your knowledge and enhancing your employment opportunities within the industries associated with the oil and gas sector.

You study 120 credits comprising of three 20-credit specialist technical modules, a 20-credit Group Design module, a 30-credit Individual Project and a 10-credit Employment Skills module.

Course structure

Core modules

Drilling Engineering and Well Completion

You gain a detailed understanding of drilling engineering, the process of well completion and work-over which is used to maintain the well bore and keep it producing and improve well performance.

You study drilling systems such as hoisting systems; power systems; circulation systems as well as hydraulic systems. You also cover drilling mud’s properties and behaviour; the blow-out-preventer and other safety measures on drilling process.

You also look at drilling bits types and performances and new technology in drilling horizontal wells as well as smart wells.
You develop an understanding of the relationship between the different operations and sub-processes and integral upstream activities.

Employment Skills

You learn how to prepare for situations you are likely to face in your future career, including:
• demanding technical interviews testing your subject knowledge and ability to sell yourself
• scenarios requiring difficult ethical judgements
• tasks or problems where you don't possess all the necessary knowledge at the start.

You enhance your knowledge and understanding of your subject and learn to deal with similar situations effectively in the future.

Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through all the en-gineering programmes. You are exposed to the practice of creating an engineered design and to the organisational issues of controlling and participating in a group project.

It will provide the opportunity to work in a team in order to solve a well defined problem. In the process, you will gain understanding of your own and other people’s knowledge and limitations, along with an appreciation of group dynamics and the process and importance of working with other members of a team.

An entire week is taken out from the standard teaching timetable and allocated to this module which allows the real time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable manufacture of the designed product.

Each group of students will be expected to produce a tangible output from the design and manufacturing work which will account for 60% of the module. For the remaining 40% of marks, you will be assessed on the group work process.

Oil and Gas Engineering Principles

This module covers the main processes and technology applied in upstream and downstream oil and gas engineering. It provides the key concepts of knowledge that enable petroleum engineers to evaluate the development and production of conventional and unconventional oil and gas fields.

You develop an understanding of oil and gas reservoirs, flow-through porous media, well inflow performance, production engineering, and surface facilities installation on oil and gas fields.


This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties

This module covers the key concepts of reservoir rock and fluid properties. It also provides an in-depth understanding of reservoir fluid phase behaviour and pressure volume temperature (PVT) correlations.

You cover rock typing and characterisation as well as industry standard experimental techniques used for measuring reservoir rock and fluid properties. You use our recently acquired petroleum engineering laboratory facilities in this module.


Modules offered may vary.

How you are assessed

This programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). You are also expected to spend time on your own – this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours is spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits - during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

Some of the modules involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm). There is one such week in this programme. It’s an intensive problem-solving week to enhance team-working and provide you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some using other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.

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Career opportunities

Highly skilled petroleum and natural gas engineers are in demand by oil and gas companies all over the world, and are among the best paid engineering professionals. You can enjoy wide and varied work that could involve travel.

On successful completion of this degree with at least 2.2 honours, you are eligible to apply for a place on a postgraduate master's programme at Teesside University, further enhancing your job and career prospects.

Entry requirements

Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Eligible prior study subjects for admission to this top-up degree include:

  • engineering
  • technology
  • geology
  • chemistry.

Other science-based subjects may also be acceptable. Please contact our admissions office for advice.

International students must also provide evidence of English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component. International students should also read the information on our international pages.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 1 year

More full-time details


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information