Key Information

We strive to increase and broaden inclusivity and support everyone, regardless of background, in breaking down any barriers to your application the Department.

If you are interested in this MSc, we strongly encourage you to contact the course administrator prior to starting your application.

MSc Petroleum Engineering is a one-year, full-time programme, designed to train professionals in the work-flow concepts now prevailing in the oil and gas industries, and to produce engineers that are fully prepared to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

Key information

  • Accredited by the UK Engineering Council.
  • Graduates with appropriate first degrees and relevant professional experience qualify for the CEng (Chartered Engineer) designation. The UK CEng in turn has reciprocal standing in Europe and as such engineers are entitled to use the EUR ING designation.
  • The course begins in early October, and leads to award of a Master of Science (MSc) degree and to the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).
  • The course is run by the Centre for Petroleum Studies.

Petroleum Engineering MSc

  • MSc Petroleum Engineering academics are distinguished researchers and lecturers, highly regarded in academia and the petroleum industry.
  • Students undertake group project work and individual research projects
  • The course benefits from strong industry links

Who should attend?

MSc Students in discussion with teacher in Earth Science Department The course is designed for new graduates as well as those with previous experience of the petroleum industry. The course is a good fit for graduates with strong science or mathematics from a wide range of academic backgrounds, from Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to Physics and Economics.

A MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College will appeal to bright students, who want a rigorous education that incorporates technical industry knowledge and practical applications.

We require a first class honours degree or its equivalent from an overseas academic institution.  In exceptional circumstances we will accept a good upper second class (2.1) degree with three or more years of applicable industry experience.

Why choose Imperial?

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial provides our MSc students with numerous recruitment days and careers presentations held on site over the duration of the course. Graduates will be highly numerate and strong communicators. Students may go on to work in locations throughout the world and in all branches of the petroleum industry.

Many of our students go on to work in finance, teaching, research, start-ups and service consultancies.

Industry Links

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering enjoys excellent links with many major companies including Shell, Total, BP, Statoil, Conoco Phillips and many more. Every year a number of leading figures from the industry come to Imperial College London to teach MSc Petroleum Engineering students in various disciplines. Students learn cutting edge technologies and processes used in the industry and gain an introduction to people working in industry.

Teaching petroleum engineeringAlong with internal staff, those visiting lecturers combine to form a specialist Petroleum Engineering team of over 20 academics who can pass on knowledge from over 160 years of experience in the oil and gas industries.

How to apply

We strive to increase and broaden inclusivity and support everyone, regardless of background, in breaking down any barriers to your application the Department.

If you are interested in Petroleum Engineering MSc, we strongly encourage you to contact Thomas Dray, prior to starting your application.

Applications are accepted online via the Imperial College London Postgraduate website. Find out more about how to apply. 


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