MSc Petroleum Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time


The MSc in Petroleum Engineering programme aims at broadening, strengthening and integrating knowledge and understanding of the oil and gas industry processes. You'll learn the mathematics, science, computer-based methods, design and engineering practice to solve petroleum engineering problems of varying complexity, taking in consideration the economic, social and environmental context.

At the end of the programme you should have obtained a deep and broad knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir in order to predict, improve, maintain and to innovate the processes of oil and gas production.

Why study Petroleum Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction amongst London competitors for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Professional accreditation – we’re accredited by the Energy Institute (EI).
Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020)


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


You'll gain a detailed knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir, so that you'll be able to predict, maintain and improve oil and gas production processes. you'll benefit from the detailed instruction you receive on a suite of software packages that are used in the oil and gas industries to maximise cost-effective production from the field, these include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP. All modules are covered in semester 1 or 2. The dissertation stretches from semester 1 to semester 2 and over the summer.

The course consists of modules with a total credit value of 180 credits which are made up of 6 standard modules of 20 points each and the dissertation module of 60 points.

  • Reservoir engineering and simulation
    This module is concerned with understanding, quantifying and predicting the recovery of hydrocarbon fluids from reservoirs. It presents key reservoir engineering principles and applications including decline curve analysis, material balance, and reservoir simulation, water influx, water and gas coning, inflow performance relationships, water-flooding and enhanced oil recovery.
  • Reservoir characterisation
    It covers the application of geoscience in the petroleum industry with a focus on rock properties and explain the disciplines of geoscience and petrophysics applied to understanding the origin, distribution and properties of petroleum and petroleum-bearing rocks and focusses on the lithology and fluid properties that affect hydrocarbon production.
  • Drilling and completion
    This module equips you with an understanding of the engineering principles underlying the drilling of oil and gas wells. These principles include the structure and operation of a drilling rig and the completion of a well.
  • Petroleum economics and oilfield management
    This module introduces a range of economic and financial appraisal tools and their application in achieving economic benefits in petroleum operations. It will also provide a platform for you to engage with the critical commercial considerations related to petroleum exploration and production, particularly the economic valuation of reservoir assets.
  • Advanced production engineering
    This module equips you with a developed understanding of the engineering principles underlying the production of hydrocarbons through the separation / fluid stabilisation process. These include the principles of vertical lift, horizontal multi-phase flow, production chemistry, production process facilities design and field development and optimisation.
  • Field development plan
    This module provides the experience of working in a team to investigate real-world problems encountered development of a specific asset as part of a business unit. You will undertake a specific role as part of a business unit in charge of a field development plan and optimisation, using real field data to design a field development plan including economic optimization and HSE analysis.
  • Dissertation
    This year-long module is the heart of the course where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate, integrate and apply your knowledge of petroleum engineering to conduct a research project under the supervision of an expert academic. You will be part of a research team and carry out an experimental, design or simulation work, obtain and analyse your results, and communicate them with means of reports and oral presentations.


The complexity of the oil and gas industry offers a wide variety of opportunities for career development to petroleum engineers.

In most oil companies worldwide the petroleum engineering team consists of a geologist, a reservoir engineer, a petro-physicist, a drilling engineer and a production engineer. With this Master’s qualification you'll be qualified to apply for positions in all of these fields. Each member of the teaching team will be concentrating on their own aspect of the larger task in hand, which is to maximise cost-effective production from the field.

As a graduate of the MSc in Petroleum Engineering your profile will match the needs in different areas of oil and gas production, and reservoir engineering in large companies, which offer attractive graduate programmes, and in medium and small operating and consulting companies.

Our vocational approach will make you an attractive prospect to employers – you’ll understand the theory, but also be able to apply your learning and skills to the workplace with confidence.

Employability Service

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.

Professional links

The programme has been designed to give maximum opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for a full career using the techniques learned on the course.

The course is accredited by Energy Institute under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The Energy Institute is the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

LSBU gained approval for the creation of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter in March 2007. The interaction with SPE-London allows our students to attend specialised conferences related to the oil industry, and also to have invited speakers from the industry, delivering presentations on relevant topics.

Energy Institute logo
The Energy Institute (EI) is the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector.

Teaching and learning

As the teaching team in the Division of Chemical and Energy Engineering, we are enthusiastic about our teaching and research. We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in chemical engineering, energy engineering, and materials engineering, some with industrial experience.

Many of the teaching team have significant experience in delivering solutions in industry or have performed world leading research. The team is available and ready to support your learning experience and enrich it with current examples as you move through the degree.

All modules are taught through a combination of three or more of lectures, tutorials, computer workshop, laboratory practical, seminars and group work which deliver the intended knowledge and understanding, and intellectual/practical/transferrable skills. There are workshops which are run by external guest lecturers from relevant industries.

Most modules are assessed through both examination and individual/group coursework, with typical weightings of 60% examination and 40% coursework. The dissertation is based on 100% coursework with a focus on delivery of reports and/or presentations and viva.


Entry requirements

Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a physical science, engineering or other relevant technological discipline. We particularly welcome overseas and EU applicants with relevant qualifications. Applicants must also meet the University's standard requirement for English, i.e. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580 or equivalent.

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.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

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 students

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

Home/EU applicants

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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2020/21
UK/EU fee: £9590.00International fee: £15860.00
AOS/LSBU code: 3613Session code: 1FS00

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