This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that we have made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.  

Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.  

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders page or contact your course administrator, Thomas Dray.

Amongst MSc Petroleum Engineering academics are distinguished researchers and lecturers, highly regarded in academia and the petroleum industry.

Prof Martin Blunt profile pictureCourse Director

Professor Martin J. Blunt

Chairs in MSc Petroleum Engineers

Professor Martin J. Blunt

Professor Matthew Jackson

Professor Peter R. King

Professor Ann Muggeridge

Professor Velisa Vesovic

Professor Robert W. Zimmerman

Course structure

The course is managed by Professor Martin Blunt. It is supported by over 20 specialist internal and external staff with over 160 years of cumulative industrial experience. The course also benefits from contributions from industry professionals. The course runs for 12 months and is aimed at providing the necessary background for employment in the oil and gas industry or a springboard for a research degree, as well as providing an in-depth study and consolidation for those already working in industry.

There are three principal elements to the course:

  • Formal lectures, problem classes, laboratory and computer exercises. These take place on a full-time, structured basis from October to March in the normal academic terms. During the taught course, our students do fieldwork based learning. Formal examinations are usually conducted in January and the first two weeks of the Summer term.

  • Group project work. This is a group field development exercise carried out by groups of about five to six students, the first phase being carried out jointly with the MSc Petroleum Geoscience students. The objective is to interrelate the separate subjects taught in formal lectures. Data for the project are analysed with prevailing commercial software as part of Modules II to IV and integrated into a development proposal as part of Module V. This is assessed initially by a presentation to the examiners at the end of the Spring term. After review and discussion, selected groups make further presentations to an invited audience from industry.

  • Individual research projects. After formal examinations, candidates will work on individual research projects. These are submitted at the beginning of September and are examined both as a report and by an oral presentation in mid-September. Projects may be selected by the candidate, planned in cooperation with industrial sponsors or allocated by the Department.


The course finishes with an extensive four-month individual research project in the student's chosen branch of Petroleum Engineering. A broad range of research topics are covered and all projects are supervised by an academic from Imperial College London. Many research projects are done in collaboration with major petroleum companies allowing students to make contacts and gain practical experience within the industry.

The projects expand upon the core taught modules, requiring independent thinking and critical analysis, resulting in an addition to knowledge of substantial depth and relevance to the modern petroleum industry. On completion of the projects will be a series of presentations to faculty of Imperial College London and our associates in industry. A number of the final theses are published as Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) papers.


Please view the Programme Specification‌ document for the MSc Petroleum Engineering

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