Petroleum Engineering MEng


Petroleum engineers are involved in all stages of the exploration, drilling and extracting of oil from subsurface reservoirs, through to its transportation to surface separation and petroleum refineries.

If you're interested in this area, want to see the world and want to graduate with a postgraduate qualification, this MEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering integrated Master's degree course is ideal.

You'll get the practical and theoretical grounding that you need to succeed in the petroleum industry and associated fields. You'll study exploration, drilling, extraction, reservoirs, transportation and refinement. You'll spend time in labs and put what you've learnt to the test in the field.

Your skills and industry connections will make you a strong candidate for filling vacancies in the petroleum and engineering sector. You could work in oil and gas exploration, reservoir modelling, or product marketing, management and finance.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study the phases involved in finding, drilling and extracting oil
  • Apply your skills in our geological and reservoir and drilling labs
  • Use our computer-aided design (CAD) suite, rapid prototyping suite, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Take your learning out of the lab, with field visits to Stockbridge production facility and Kimmeridge Bay for geological work
  • Take advantage of our status as an active chapter for the Society of Petroleum Engineers with regular industrial talks and an annual event celebrating Petroleum Week
  • Become a student member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – we pay student membership fees for all of the students on this course
  • Have the chance to expand your experience and make valuable contacts by completing your final-year project with support from the industry professionals and companies
  • Study for a year longer than our BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering course and graduate with a postgraduate-level Master's degree

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Practice
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Engineering Principles
  • Petroleum Geoscience

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Numerical and Computational Methods in Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Properties and Thermodynamics
  • Reservoir Engineering

Optional modules in this year are:

  • Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
  • Petroleum Refinery Operations

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at companies including:

  • IGas
  • IHS
  • Oilfield International
  • Premier Reservoir

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Formation Evaluation and Well Logging
  • Individual Project
  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Energy Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Resevoir Characterisation
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Well Engineering

There are no optional modules in this year.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • seminars and open discussions
  • analysis of case study
  • lab work
  • individual and group coursework
  • presentations and exams

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 88% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 4% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 83% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 13% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 52% by written exams and 48% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of qualified petroleum engineers in the oil and gas industry. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in many petroleum-related fields, including:

  • oil and gas exploration and production
  • reservoir modelling
  • drilling and refinery operations
  • product marketing
  • manufacturing
  • management
  • finance

What jobs can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • petroleum engineer
  • reservoir engineer
  • drilling engineer
  • gas engineer

You could also continue you studies at PhD level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

MEng, MEng Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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