Petroleum Engineering

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

This programme will train you to understand and effectively utilise the workflow concepts now prevailing in the oil industry, and prepare you to work in multidisciplinary teams.

This MSc is a one-year, full-time course that trains petroleum engineering professionals to understand and effectively utilise the workflow concepts now prevailing in the oil industry, and prepares them fully for work in multidisciplinary teams.

The programme provides a 12-month conversion from other engineering and science-based foundations into the specialties of petroleum engineering, and is designed for both those with industrial experience and recent graduates.

The course begins in early October. Formal lectures, problem classes, laboratories and computer exercises take place on a full-time structured basis from October to March, during the academic terms, and cover a total of 390 hours.

The course curriculum is organised around five teaching modules. All modules feature petroleum engineering laboratories, a field trip, seminars with industry and communication skills classes.

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2022–23 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Coursework modules

You take all of the core coursework modules below.

  • Reservoir Characterisation/Reservoir Engineering and Performance/Field Development: Group Field Project
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Production Logging
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Well Test Analysis
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Numerical Reservoir Simulators
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Reservoir Performance Predictors
  • Reservoir Engineering and Performance: Upscaling

Exam modules

You take all of the core exam modules below.

  • Field Development: EOR
  • Field Development: Process Engineering and Surface Facilities
  • Fundamentals: Flow in Porous Media
  • Fundamentals: Reservoir Fluids
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Petrophysics
  • Reservoir Characterisation: Well Test Analysis
  • Reservoir Engineering / Performance: Reservoir Performance Prediction
  • Well Engineering / Performance: Well Construction (Drilling and Completion)

Independent project

The independent project provides the opportunity to study a particular aspect of petroleum engineering in depth, thus expanding the knowledge acquired in the taught modules. In many cases, the project is undertaken in collaboration with industry and you will be offered a choice of industrial placements in the UK and abroad.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Fieldwork
  • Group projects
  • Independent project (often via industry placements)
  • Lectures
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Fieldwork exercises
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Reports
  • Written Examination

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£16,250

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£33,000

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a first class UK Honour's degree in science or engineering.

Industrial experience of at least three years may be considered.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

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