MEng (Hons) Petroleum EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
Please note: this course is not currently recruiting.
This MEng Petroleum Engineering offers an integrated route that combines undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over 4 years. The course takes you through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application.
7 reasons to study here
- Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
- 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.
- Industry-standard software: Access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.
- Overall excellence: No. 1 University in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey (National Student Survey 2017).
- 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.
- Top 10 in the UK: for research intensity in Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
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
- production engineering
- petroleum geology
- separation processes
- computer modelling
You can apply for undergraduate student funding for this course, so you can gain a postgraduate level qualification without the financial pressures normally associated with further study.
This course is subject to validation and content may change.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Optional placement year
- 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.
- Technical, research and professional
This module provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of Master's level studies in the near future and for professional development in the long-term. More specifically, the course teaches how to search and gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in terms of time and progress in a group project environment. These are designed to enhance the technical and analytical background that is necessary for the respective Master's stream. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Petroleum geoscience
This module will introduce you to a range of branches of petroleum geology, more specifically elements of the petroleum system, tools used in the subsurface and reservoir quality, and reservoir properties of siliciclastic and carbonate along with unconventional oil and gas. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Petroleum economics
The module is intended to equip you with an understanding of the impact of petroleum economics, safety and environmental risk, each fundamental to the design and management of an oil production asset. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Advanced reservoir engineering
This module is designed to provide you with the skills and theory required by the oil industry at the MSc level in advanced reservoir engineering. This module is based on the fundamental of reservoir engineering to further your knowledge on well testing techniques, which will lead to reservoir monitoring and testing for reservoir management. Assessment methods: 20% coursework, 80% exam.
- Group project
This module is designed to provide you with the experience of working in an asset team to solve a real world problem using industrial data for the development of a specific asset. You'll be grouped into teams of 3-4 members and you'll undertake a specific role in respect of the design calculations and analysis. You'll work full-time on this project under time constraint, using donated field data. The project results will be presented orally to an expert panel and the group will submit a report detailing their investigation and recommendations for development of the field. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
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.
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 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 earnings range from £52,000 to £95,000 a year.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
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 five-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.
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.
As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
- A Level AAB or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions 6 Merit including 2 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 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
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every Visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.
The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.
The CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-09.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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