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Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Overview

This course takes you through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application.

7 reasons to study here

Professional accreditation: Accredited by energy institute, provides some or all of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Strong heritage: Petroleum courses taught for over 60 years in the heart of London.
Learning resources: No. 1 University in London for learning resources in Chemical Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey 2016.
Industry-standard software: Access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.
Networking opportunities: Active student engineering chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Brand new equipment: Over £1 million invested in lab equipment in 2016.
Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.

This degree course covers...

On graduation, you'll be ready for a career as a professional engineer in either the petroleum industry or chemical process industries. This course covers:

  • oil and gas exploration
  • reservoir engineering
  • drilling
  • production engineering
  • petroleum geology
  • separation processes
  • thermodynamics
  • computer modelling

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework

Year 1

  • Engineering principles 1
    This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Engineering principles 2
    This module will further develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a wide range of prior science specialisation. This module comprises two blocks of study. These cover basic materials science and thermofluids. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam. 
  • Design and practice
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
    This module provides an introduction to the scope and nature of the chemical and petroleum industries, the role of professional engineers within these industries, and key technical concepts underpinning chemical and petroleum engineering. You'll develop an understanding of the economic importance of these industries and the career pathways available to you. Key concepts in process analysis and resource utilisation will be introduced. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Engineering computing
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil). Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam. 
  • Thermodynamics
    Thermodynamics is concerned with the study of heat, work and the transfer of energy from one form to another in physical and chemical transformations. An understanding of thermodynamics is important in many industrial processes. This module provides you with a study of the basic chemical and power thermodynamics.  Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Fluid and separation
    This module covers the basic concepts and principles underlying the physical separation of ideal binary liquid mixtures. It also covers the design of stage-wise and differential distillation and gas absorption processes for the separation of ideal binary mixtures. Equipment design for separation of particles in suspension from a liquid or a gas will be introduced, looking at mechanical separations and related unit operations such as sedimentation, centrifugation, filtration, membrane separations, fluidisation processes, and crystallisation. The physical principles of fluid mechanics for fluid flow in pipes (with frictional losses) will be taught, together with design of piping systems (parallel or in series), as well as an introduction to single particle dynamics in fluids, associated drag force and drag coefficients and Stoke’s law, and the application of Stoke’s law in a cyclone separator. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Geoscience, well drilling and logging
    This module is an integration of geoscience, well drilling engineering and well logging. The emphasis is to create an understanding of geoscience, petroleum systems and reservoirs, and fluid flow and traps. The module will introduce cycles of an oilfield project, from exploration to decommissioning, well drilling and well logging and their importance on the different stages to get information from the earth. The module will include principles of geoscience, and an introduction to drilling engineering practices, drilling fluids, well logging and interpretation. This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Design and Practice at Level 4. You'll learn key petroleum engineering processes and complete calculations by hand. The module will include practical aspects of geoscience with a field trip and laboratory practices in drilling fluid design and evaluation. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Principles of control
    This module aims to give a sound understanding of a range of topics in Control Systems Engineering. It will impart methods to model and analyse dynamical systems met in the engineering of systems such as robotics, automobiles, aircraft, automatic machinery, chemical process plant, etc. It will teach you to determine the stability of a system and to predict system responses in the time domain (transient and steady state) and in the frequency domain, as well as to handle the interconnection of many Single Input Single Output systems connected in feedback and feed forward configurations. The module will provide you with methods to specify supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and to modify the behaviour of a given system by using feedback control to improve stability, to make the system act quickly and precisely, and to reduce the effect of disturbances. Learning will be supported by a laboratory workshop that enables the study of control systems using both analysis methods and computer simulation using MATLAB and SIMULINK. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Reservoir engineering and petroleum economics
    This module will introduce the fundamentals of reservoir engineering and present selected economic concepts related to petroleum costing and management. It's intended that during this module, you'll build a comprehensive reservoir engineering background and then apply skills learnt to the analysis and costing of selected petroleum production projects. Reservoir engineering topics include rock and fluid properties, phase diagrams related to reservoir classification, reserves estimation, recovery processes and flow in porous media. Economic topics focus on the time value of money, profit and cost analysis, profitability indicators and economic objectives influencing evaluation decisions. Understanding these fundamental topics will allow you to acquire the necessary skills required for future petroleum-based modules, as well as the Petroleum Engineering Design Project which will be taken in the following year. Professional development planning will also be undertaken, where you'll prepare your personal curriculum vitae and relevant job application material. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Design project
    This is an integrative project to plan, execute, review and report upon a piece of project work related to your BEng course. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Production engineering
    This module is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the conceptual aspects of petroleum production. It's built on the introductory aspects and fundamentals of petroleum engineering delivered in the first two years of the course. The module addresses the study of the flow of reservoir fluids through the production tubing and other surface equipment. You'll be familiar with theory and practice of reservoir evaluation. The module will give you the ability to evaluate the production rate, pressure drop and phase separator design. The module in general involves problem-solving exercises and other tutorial exercises. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Petroleum process and control
    This module is an integration of well drilling engineering, fluids and applications of control. The emphasis is to create an understanding of geoscience, petroleum systems and reservoirs, also fluid flow and traps. It will introduce the cycles of an oilfield project from exploration to decommissioning, well drilling and well logging and their importance on the different stages to get information from the earth. The module will include principles of well design, and fluid dynamic optimisation and completion. This module particularly builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Level 5 modules Geoscience and Well Drilling, and Fluids and Separation. You'll learn key petroleum engineering processes, fluids, and application of principles of control. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Innovation and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Reservoir management
    This module is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the conceptual aspects of reservoir engineering. It's built on the introductory aspects and fundamentals of petroleum engineering delivered in the first two years of the course. This includes fundamentals of behaviour and properties of reservoir fluids, physical properties and flow of fluid through porous media, oil and gas well performance, water influx, oil recovery mechanisms and the material balance equation, predicting oil and gas reservoir performance, and enhanced oil recovery. The module in general will involve problem-solving exercises and other tutorial exercises. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Process safety and environment protection
    This module will look at the basic concepts of process safety and pollution control, and in so doing it will define the relationship between industry and environment. You'll understand the basic principles used in the design of safe environmentally sustainable processes with case studies drawn from the chemical and petroleum industry. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Employability

Graduates from the Petroleum Engineering course can develop careers in the petroleum industry but are also suitably qualified for employment in the chemical process industries. 

Practical skills

As a graduate you'll have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as, the ability to complete analytical investigative work and laboratory techniques using safe practice, and working independently or as part of a team. You'll also gain valuable hands-on experience of industry software which you can use in your design project.

What to expect from your career

Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum Engineers find themselves working with geoscientists, other engineers and commercial managers to reveal the ideal locations to locate wells and predict how much oil or gas could be extracted. They use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered as efficiently as possible. They'll design parts of the well and production systems, and give feedback to clients. 

Typical salary

Typical earnings range from £52,000 to £95,000 a year.

Benefits of professional accreditation

Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), which means that successful graduates are on the way to becoming Chartered Engineers. On average, Chartered Engineers earn around £15,000 a year more than their colleagues.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

Though not essential (and subject to availability), you may wish to spend your third year in an industrial placement where you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice, returning afterwards for the final year at university. 

This four-year sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.

Timetable

Staff

Dr Elsa Aristodemou

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Elsa is course director of the Integrated Sciences for Sustainability programme and teaches on modules at all levels in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering area.


Dr Anna-Karin Axelsson

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering

Anna-Karin has over twenty years of expertise in the field of functional materials and engineering.


Prof. Yuqing Bao

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Professor of Materials Engineering

Yuqing is Professor of Materials Engineering and her research activities include precursors and processes for surface coatings, polymers, ceramics and glass-based composites.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Dr Pedro Diaz

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor; Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Dr Diaz specialises in reservoir engineering, specifically in the areas of fluid–fluid and fluid–rock interactions, formation damage, and oil recovery methods. In academia he has researched in the areas of nano-materials, and enhanced oil recovery methods.


Andrew Fergusson-Rees

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MEng/BEng Petroleum Engineering

Andrew's research interests are in multi-phase fluid flow associated with well performance and also heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering.


Dr Fatemeh Jahanzad

School/Division: Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Fatemeh has research interests in polymer reaction engineering, polymer nanoparticles, emulsions and emulsification techniques and is the Course Director of BEng Chemical and Process Engineering and BTEC HND Chemical Engineering.


Robin Jones

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Acting Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design

Robin's interest is focused on the emergent multi-disciplinary practices in product design, centred on the user-centric design and the factors appertaining to product success.


Prof. Tariq Sattar

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: TWI Chair and Director of the London South Bank Innovation Centre

Prof. Sattar's expertise is in Control Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics.


Dr Clive Steele

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor; Head of Division of Human Sciences

Clive has been teaching at LSBU for almost 30 years. He started his teaching career by teaching reactor engineering and safety on the BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and working as a member of the Explosion and Fire research group.


Facilities

  • Industry software for petroleum engineers

    Industry software for petroleum engineers

    Students in the subject areas of chemical, process and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.

Teaching and learning

The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. You'll find that many of your lecturers have worked in the oil industry around the world. We make sure our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
Year 1 32% 68%
Year 2 35% 65%
Year 3 25% 75%

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

For September 2017 entry the number of UCAS tariff points that qualifications are worth is changing. Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2017 tariff.

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Science (Chemistry preferred)
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Science (Chemistry preferred)
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

2017 entry

All Home and EU students who want to start a full-time undergraduate course this September can apply to us today if you already have your results. You'll be applying through Clearing which allows you to apply directly to LSBU. Before applying to LSBU you need to have:

  1. all your exam results
  2. already applied with UCAS
  3. know the course you're interested in studying - complete a course search

When you're ready apply online through Clearing. Also read more on our Clearing information page.

International students (non-EU) who are not applying through UCAS for 2017 entry can complete the LSBU International Online Application Form - visit the International how to apply page.

Part-time students applying for 2017 entry can apply online. Students wishing to apply for part-time health courses can find specific details on how to apply by searching our Course Finder.

2018 entry

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
H850
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
H850
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250.00International fee: £12500.00
AOS/LSBU code: 3016Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750.00
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750.00
International (excluding any optional years) £37500.00
International (including any optional years) £37500.00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

At LSBU, you will be required to provide:

  • Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
  • Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
  • Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

 
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