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School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Petroleum Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng BEng Petroleum Engineering - Undergraduate degree

Global economic growth still requires an ever-increasing demand for oil and gas. Currently, there is a major international shortage of qualified engineers in the petroleum industry and this course is designed to produce graduates who wish to take advantage of the exciting and highly rewarding career prospects in this area. This degree course equips you with the necessary skills needed for a successful career in the oil, gas and related industries.

You will be taught by academics at the cutting edge of their field and have extensive background in both research and industry for instance, Dr. Colin Poole (who is head of Undergraduate Programmes and also teaches PEME1300 ‘Introduction to Petroleum Engineering’) has over 30 years experience in the fields of mineral and particle process engineering in both academia and industry, with particular expertise in the chemical processing of minerals, industrial minerals processing, mineral waste disposal and utilisation, surface chemistry and solid/liquid separation.

Professor Mike Fairweather and Dr Ali Hassanpour who also teach on the programme have significant industrial experience which they incorporate into the teaching of the programme.

The programme is taught in collaboration with the School of Earth and Environment, with the academic members of staff there also bringing their backgrounds in the petroleum industry into the curriculum.

UCAS Code: H851 (MEng, BEng) or H856 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the integrated masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000 International: £16,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships and bursaries worth up to £8,000 available.

2015 entry
This course is available for entry in September 2015.
Fees and scholarships: tbc.


The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career prospects in the field of Petroleum Engineering are excellent, as world-wide economic growth continues to produce an increase in demand for hydrocarbons production. Therefore, you can look forward to exciting and global career prospects.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the integrated masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: AAA including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Geology).

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics, and Chemistry or Physics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of alternative UK and international qualifications.

English language requirements: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

MEng only
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: t: +44 (0)113 343 6542.