Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector and our MSc helps you gain knowledge and develop skills with industrial relevance. Petroleum reservoir engineering, well drilling, petroleum chemistry and economics of the oil and gas sector are just some of the topics covered.

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice) two years full time


The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification.

The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme.

A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.

We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

Professional accreditation

Our one-year MSc Petroleum Engineering course 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. The earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

The two-year MSc Petroleum Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as accredited title.

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

You select your master’s research project 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.


 

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

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

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

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 invested around £150,000 in laboratory equipment particularly in within core analysis and enhanced oil recovery.

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 th flow through porous media, enhanced oil recovery techniques and core analysis is done in the core flooding lab. The lab is equipped with core preparation machines such as core plugging, core trimming, and core saturators. In addition, all routine core data can be measure 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

Assessments include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Career opportunities

This course provides specialist education tailored to the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education, combined with our 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. As a result, it is expected that recruitment will continue, especially if you have the motivation and appropriate qualifications.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have at least a 2.2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) qualification. A 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: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information