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Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc


Technical specialists with environmental skills and competencies are increasingly valued by the global oil and gas industry in the 21st century. Developed in consultation with the industry and delivered by the largest group of oil and gas specialists at Coventry University, Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc offers a unique, comprehensive and advanced level introduction to the technical operation of the petroleum industry linked to an assessment of the most important emerging environmental issues of concern to the sector.


The course will give you the opportunity to build your skills in all major components of the upstream operation including (uniquely at Coventry) reservoir technology and simulation, enhanced oil recovery, drilling and well completion, and petroleum processing and gas technology. It also offers expertise in key environmental issues such as spills and remediation, environmental impacts of oil and gas, climate change, renewable energies and waste water management. Particular highlights include training in industry standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software (used by multinational oil companies like Shell, BP and ExxonMobil and kindly donated by Schlumberger to support your learning), and the opportunity to obtain a NEBOSH accredited Managing Safely Certificate. MSc PET students can also participate in a vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

The Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc course provides specialist and technical education tailored to the requirements of an integrated upstream petroleum and environmental technology industry. The course aims to broaden your expertise in the key areas of drilling, production, reservoir simulation and production optimisation methods employed within the petroleum industry and upon successful completion you should be recognised as an oil and gas specialist with a strong environmental bias.

As well as studying aspects of production and processing technologies and oil and gas reservoir management, you will develop skills in environmental monitoring and have the opportunity to complete a NEBOSH Occupantional Safety and Health certificate. Students then choose from an array of options that allows them to specialise in areas of environmental management, petroleum economics and/or project management. To complete the MSc you will undertake a research project on a subject of your choice or a Consultancy Project with a relevant organisation in the UK or overseas.

This course:

  • can prepare you for a rewarding career in the fast growing energy and hydrocarbon industry;
  • can develop your skills in modern petroleum technologies set against an understanding of contemporary environmental management issues;
  • will offer an accredited health and safety certificate on successful completion of the course.


A wide range of subjects are available giving you a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the petroleum industries.

Mandatory subjects:

  • Drilling and Production Technology
  • Reservoir Technology and Simulation
  • Oil and Gas Processing Technology
  • HSE Management in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Oil Spill Science, Response and Remediation
  • Petroleum Contracts and Economics
  • Research/Consultancy Project

Optional subjects (choose two)

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Impacts of Petroleum Exploration Production and Transportation
  • Project and Quality Management in the Energy Industry
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • Renewable Energy Environmental Monitoring

Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree or an international equivalent, preferably at upper second class level or above in engineering, physical/biochemical science, geosciences or mathematics. Candidates holding the equivalent of a good second class lower degree may also apply. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

International applicants should also hold a minimum of 6.5 score in the IELTS test for English language.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On successful completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to obtain a NEBOSH accredited health and safety certificate. The Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc aims to equip graduates with the expertise required to confront the technological and environmental challenges confronting the oil and gas industry in the 21st century.

Successful graduates could find employment in areas within the chemical, environmental, renewable energy, oil and gas sector.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus. Alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus from here.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA)

Course type:
  • Full time


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International and EU students: +44 (0) 24 7765 2152

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