Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance.

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

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The programme of lectures and project work, encompasses a wide range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems. The course is applied in nature and has been designed so that on completion, you are technically well prepared for a career in industry.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute, under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification, and the earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

You select your master’s research projects from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff, but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles.

Student projects
Here are some examples of the Major Project module developed by our MSc Petroleum Engineering students.
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Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Drilling Engineering and Well Completion

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of drilling engineering, the process of well completion, work-over and stimulation to improve well performance. You also cover drilling methods and equipment, and drilling systems such as hoisting systems, power systems, circulation systems and hydraulic systems. You consider drilling mud properties and behaviour, the blow-out preventer and other safety measures, and drilling bit types and performances. This module is delivered through lectures, tutorials and engineering laboratory sessions. You are assessed by an in-course assessment (30%) and exam (70%).

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

Hydrocarbon Production Engineering

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of hydrocarbon production operations. You study oil and gas production systems including wells, pipelines, separators and chokes. You look at the inflow performance relationships for oil and gas wells, and well performance analysis. You also cover the artificial lift system including electric submersible pumps, hydraulic pumps and gas lift. You learn about surface production facilities and operations used in crude oil treatment and natural gas reconditioning such as sweetening and dehydration. This module is delivered through lectures and tutorial sessions. You are assessed by an in-course assessment (30%) and exam (70%).

Petroleum Chemistry

The module provides you with an understanding of crude oil fractions and components enabling you to study the phase behaviour of reservoir fluids as a function of temperature and pressure. We use different equations of state to analyse the pressure-volume-temperature correlations. You explore how constructing compositional fluid models, using an industry-standard reservoir simulator, enables you to investigate reservoir fluid properties and behaviour. You also discuss oil field corrosion and scaling mechanisms as well as monitoring and inhibition methods. This module is delivered through lectures, tutorials, and IT laboratory sessions. You are assessed by an in-course assessment (30%) and exam (70%).

Petroleum Economics and Simulation

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of petroleum economics as well as concepts related to asset and project assessment and valuation. You investigate the economics of the oil industry and the cost stabilities of large oilfields and their economies of scale. You look into industry-standard reservoir simulators, their theoretical background, and their uses and limitations. You develop an understanding of reservoir management by integrating different operations, sub-processes and upstream activities. This module is delivered through a series of lectures supported by tutorials and IT laboratories. You are assessed by an in-course assessment (30%) and exam (70%).

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

This module covers the key concepts of reservoir engineering including reservoir properties, single and multiple-phase fluid flow through porous media. You are introduced to various reservoir rock types including carbonate and sandstone rocks, and the geological aspects of hydrocarbon reservoirs. You discuss formation evaluations based on well-testing and well-logging interpretations. This module is delivered through lectures supported by tutorials. You are assessed by in-course assessments (30%) and exam (70%).

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is supported by excellent laboratory and engineering machine workshop facilities including fluid flow measurement, computer modelling laboratories, other laboratories and workshops, an excellent library and computing facilities.

We have several computer laboratories equipped with specialised and general-purpose software. This generous computing provision gives you extended access to industry-standard software – it allows you to develop skills and techniques using important applications. For upstream processes, Teesside University has access to educational software packages like Petrel, Eclipse, CMG, PIPESIM and Ecrin to simulate the behaviour of oil reservoirs, calculating oil in situ, and oil and gas production optimisation. As for downstream processes, you can use HYSYS to test different scenarios to optimise plant designs.

Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated to Teesside University a network system and 10 educational licences for the IPM suite (Integrated Production Modelling software) which includes Prosper, Gap, Mbal, Pvtp, Reveal and Resolve. This £1.3m system and software is used by our students to design complete field models including the reservoir tanks, all the wells and the surface gathering system.

Petroleum laboratory facilities
Enhanced oil recovery and core analysis laboratory
The core flooding lab at Teesside can be used to study the flow through porous media and enhanced oil recovery techniques. The lab is equipped with core preparation machines such as core plugging and core trimming, and core saturators. In addition, all routine core date can be measured in this lab. At a higher level, the lab is also equipped to perform some special core analysis measurements such as fluid relative permeabilities as well as rock surface wetting quantification.

Petrophysics laboratory
The petrophysics lab allows you to study the properties of rocks, particularly the measurement of porosity and evaluation of permeability. The lab is equipped with sieve analysis equipment to investigate grain sorting and its effect on permeability and porosity of the rocks. Atomic and molecular structure of a mineral can also be studied with x-ray diffraction (XRD) in our petrophysics lab.

Surface characterisation laboratory
The rock surface characterisation lab is equipped with a zeta analyser to measure the rock surface electric charge. You study the rock surface wetting state, adsorption and desorption potential using digitised contact angle apparatus and thermos-gravimetric apparatus respectively.

Drilling laboratory
The drilling lab is equipped with drilling mud measurement equipment including mud density, mud rheology and mud filtration systems, enabling you to study mud cake and formation damage. The lab highlights the importance of oilfield drilling fluids.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Career opportunities

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of both the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education combined with careful selection of candidates has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists.

It is widely recognised that a steady influx of fresh people and ideas is vital for the longer-term success and stability of an organisation, and it is therefore expected that recruitment will continue, especially for those with motivation and the appropriate qualifications.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a 2.2 UK honours degree or equivalent qualification. A wide range of degree subjects are acceptable, including petroleum engineering, geology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, geophysics, chemical engineering, petrophysics, physics, mathematics or chemistry.

Non-UK students must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

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

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Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information