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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.  This course is professionally accredited by the Energy Institute: the leading chartered professional body for the global energy industry.


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Uniquely at Coventry University, this course will give you the opportunity to study all major components of the upstream petroleum operation including reservoir technology and simulation, enhanced oil recovery, drilling and well completion, and petroleum processing and gas technology. It also combines this with the development of complementary expertise in key environmental issues such as oil spills trajectory simulation and remediation, environmental impacts of oil and gas, climate change, renewable energies and water/wastewater treatment. 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).

Upon successful completion of the course you should be recognised as a rounded and highly competent upstream technical oil and gas professional, with a distinctive and marketable environmental bias.

The course is professionally accredited by the Energy Institute.  Obtaining Energy Institute accreditation involves a rigorous assessment, by a specialist visiting panel, of the quality of the course, the School, its facilities and its staff and students.  On successful completion of this course, students will have met the entry requirement for working towards MEI chartered professional status for the Energy Institute.  In summary, MSc Petroleum and Environmental Technology:

 •can prepare you for a rewarding career in the fast growing energy and hydrocarbon industry;

 •will build your skills in all major technical components of the upstream petroleum industry linked to a distinctive and marketable understanding of the nature and management of relevant environmental issues;

 •is professionally accredited by the Energy Institute and offers the opportunity to obtain a NEBOSH accredited health and safety certificate on successful completion of the course.


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Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant body’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


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


Mandatory subjects:

 • Drilling and Well Completion

 • Reservoir Technology

 • Oil and Gas Processing Technology

 • HSE Management in the Oil and Gas Industry

 • Oil Spill Science, Response and Remediation

 • Petroleum Contracts and Economics

 • Research Project


Optional subjects (choose two)

 • Environmental Monitoring

 • Water and Wastewater Treatment

 • Impacts of Petroleum Exploration Production and Transportation

 • Project and Quality Management in the Energy Industry

 • Reservoir Simulation

 • Clean Energy, Climate and Carbon

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?

PET Equipment - TexasThe 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.  The course is accredited by the Energy Institute and all students benefit from free membership of the Institute for the duration of their studies. The Energy Institute is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 20,000 individuals working or studying within the energy sector worldwide.  Membership of the EI provides access to extensive learning and networking opportunities to support professional, management, technical and scientific career development within the industry.  On successful completion of the course, students will also have the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable NEBOSH accredited health and safety certificate.  

Successful graduates could find employment in areas within the upstream technical oil and gas industry, and related fields in the chemical, environmental and energy 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.

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

Jan 2016: £9,063 • Sept 2016: £9,602

Contact Details:

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UK students only: +44 (0) 24 7765 4321

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

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