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Oil and Gas Engineering MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT114

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Want to work across the world in the oil and gas industry? This broad-ranging Oil and Gas Engineering MSc could help you get there.

This comprehensive course has been designed and delivered in collaboration with highly experienced oil and gas professionals and enables you to become student members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME). 

It aims to equip you with the advanced sector-specific knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive, ever-evolving energy industry. You will study the engineering theory, technology, systems and practice associated with the full oil and gas life-cycle, examining upstream, midstream and downstream operations from exploration and production, right through to refining and marketing. 

Coventry is ranked as the 2nd best university in the country for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Our extensive industry links enable you to benefit from technical site visits, which have previously included the National Engineering Laboratory, as well as a range of expert guest lectures, such as the former Vice President of British Petroleum.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)


Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME)

What our students say...

Coventry University has provided me with career possibilities, resources, and networks and learning tools, which I never had.

Linda Ikumoinein, MSc Oil and Gas Management, current student 2016, from Nigeria

Course information

The course will prepare you for a global career as a graduate engineer in the oil and gas industry, furnishing you with a solid foundation in fluid flow systems, oil and gas production engineering and process control, based on international environmental operational frameworks.

Our broad range of subjects will develop your practical and technical knowledge of drilling and well engineering, multiphase flow systems, production and reservoir engineering, crude processing, gas technologies, engineering materials durability and sustainability, as well as health, safety and environmental management.

Encouraging advanced problem-solving skills, we will prepare you to tackle complex engineering problems with shifting baselines and varying degrees of resources and information.

You will gain practical experience of a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines, learning how to design appropriate components, systems or processes to improve the quality and functionality of equipment and plant within individual and complex environments. You will also further your understanding of the concepts surrounding corrosion, life cycle, mechanical principles, control, fluid flow and its combined importance in the continuation of an operational facility.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Control Systems and Instrumentation for the Oil and Gas Industry
    • Drilling Engineering
    • Petroleum Processing and Gas Technologies
    • Health and Safety Management in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Semester 2

    • Fluid Flow Systems, including Distribution and Transmission• 
    • Engineering Materials for the Oil and Gas Industry 
    • Reservoir Engineering
    • Reservoir Simulation
  • Semester 3

    • Research Project

In more detail...

  • A high level of student satisfaction, 90%  (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Provides eligibility for student and associate membership to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME).
  • Join the vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) which organises activities such as SPE Students’ Week, Students’ Paper Contests, industrial/field trips and other social/networking events.
  • Access to sector-leading software used by over 500 international oil and gas companies across the world, such as standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software worth US$ 12.5 million (donated by Schlumberger), Petex Integrated Product Modelling (IPM) software worth over £1million (donated by Petex), Weatherford’s PanSystem and WellFlo, Honeywell’s UniSims Design Suite and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.

Expert visiting lecture programme, which in the past has featured high profile guests, including a former Vice President, from international oil companies, such as Schlumberger, Statoil and British Petroleum.

Your main study themes are:

  • Control Systems and Instrumentation: You will learn about digital control systems and develop simple system models and tools to predict their behaviour and stability. You will propose and analyse negative feedback systems with proportional-integral-derivative control and create simulations of continuous-time systems using computer packages such as MATLAB and SIMULINK.

  • Fluid Flow Systems: We apply the science of thermofluids in the analysis of multiphase flow behaviours in oil and gas systems, such as pipelines, pumps and compressors. You will be able to apply analytical techniques to determine flow distribution and optimise performance of fluid flow system components.

  • Engineering Materials: You will examine the critical influence of microstructure, properties and suitable manufacturing processes on the in-service performance of engineering materials relevant to the oil and gas industry. This will enable you to apply analytical and computer-based material methodologies in selection and design of oil and gas industry facilities.

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management: Equips you with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to efficiently and effectively identify, assess, evaluate and manage the risks and hazards associated within the oil and gas production and processing industry in a safe and legally acceptable way. Course content is structured in line with the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) syllabus on Managing Safely.

  • Reservoir Engineering: Introduces you to reservoir engineering, critical evaluation of petroleum systems and reserve estimation, fluid and rock petrophysical properties, recovery mechanisms and material balance, and well test analysis.

  • Reservoir Simulation: Introduces you to oil and gas reservoir systems, and development of reservoir workflow for reservoir simulation, using reservoir simulation software, ECLISPE and PETREL.

  • Drilling Engineering: Focuses on oilfield drilling practices, well construction and completion processes, with comprehensive assessment of all operating variables.

  • Petroleum Processing and Gas Technologies: We will review reservoir fluid flow properties, critically analyse the key requirements and typical product specifications for oil and gas processing facilities, evaluate the operating principles of the processes involved in oil and gas flow/pipeline transport, pumping and separation, and conduct preliminary sizing calculations for key oil and gas processing plant components. 

This course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time basis over three years, studying alongside full-time students. You can start in September and January.

The course has been developed in collaboration with industry and the leading professional bodies; there also several elements which are delivered by current petroleum processing engineering experts, who will lead discussion and debate on current oilfield processing case studies.

Modules will be taught using the typical teaching methods, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, ICT laboratory and simulations. Throughout the course, you will find yourself working on current industry-based problems, providing you with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience. Recent case studies have included the design of an online petroleum separation system.

The course will keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry thinking through opportunities to visit facilities and network with potential employers. For example, as part of the ‘Fluid Flow Systems’ module, we will organise a technical visit to a commercial facility, such as National Engineering Laboratory, to evaluate the typical thermodynamic processes associated with the oil and gas sector and auxiliary power generation.

The learning outcomes in the all of taught modules are assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, in-class tests, presentations, essays, or as stipulated in the University’s assessment procedures. Assessment varies for each module and may be 100% based on coursework, such as a phase test or written report, or 100% based on your dissertation/project.

The full range of assessments for the course allows students to demonstrate critical and analytical thinking, application of theory, understanding of knowledge and original work. The extensive use of tutorials and group working enable formative assessments to be made. Whilst most modules include group working, the majority of summative assessment is individual and therefore more discriminatory. The individual project accounts for a third of the credits, and is an individual summative piece of work.

The pass mark for all modules is 40%. This overall module mark may comprise more than one component (eg. coursework and examination). The individual module descriptors give the precise pass criteria and the weighting of the component marks that contribute to the overall module mark.

On the successful completion of 180 level master’s credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of master’s programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of appropriate technology selection, process engagement and the relationship between engineering responses and project needs in an oil and gas engineering context.
  • Appreciate relevant global constraints, such as health and safety, assessing the impact of current engineering forces and technological change upon the effectiveness and efficiency of equipment and plant within the oil and gas industry.
  • Identify and provide innovative design solutions to complex oil and gas engineering problems.
  • Implement appropriate engineering and design solutions relevant to materials, drilling, production, processing, fluid flow, control systems, instrumentation, durability and reliability in relation to real-world oil and gas engineering situations, and reservoir simulation. 
  • Conceptualise, devise and critically appraise detailed engineering and technological solutions to oil and gas problems utilising materials and processes available in a sustainable manner.
  • Synthesise developments around new technologies, processes and advanced systems from a broad range of engineering disciplines and to adapt and apply them to oil and gas problems.
  • Critically review engineering imperfections, preconditions and technical elements, evaluating engineering and technological solutions.
  • Integrate a detailed and rational manufacturing, technological and IT perspective into a cross-functional system when faced with an oil and gas problem.

Teaching at postgraduate level tends to be more flexible and responds to individual students’ needs. 

In a semester, there may be three to five days of intensive seminar/workshop sessions, either on campus or at an external laboratory. 

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours
  • Medium group teaching: 3 hours of seminars or workshops
  • Large group teaching: 7 hours of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments.

Our strong relationship with industrial collaborators provides students with access to a wide range of national and international workshops and conferences run by the many professional bodies. 

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to build your technical capacity, establish networks and meet potential collaborators and employers. 

Recently, our students have attended the International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates, the Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition in North America, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Intelligent Energy Conference here in the UK and the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility in Norway.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

Coventry University has provided me with career possibilities, resources, and networks and learning tools, which I never had.

Linda Ikumoinein, MSc Oil and Gas Management, current student 2016, from Nigeria

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a second class honours degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering or mathematics related subject.

Minimum of a second class honours degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering or mathematics related subject.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Minimum of a second class honours degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering or mathematics related subject.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

Coventry University has provided me with career possibilities, resources, and networks and learning tools, which I never had.

Linda Ikumoinein, MSc Oil and Gas Management, current student 2016, from Nigeria

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£10,121 (per year)


May 2018

£10,121 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£10,121 (per year)


May 2018

£10,121 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

Coventry University has provided me with career possibilities, resources, and networks and learning tools, which I never had.

Linda Ikumoinein, MSc Oil and Gas Management, current student 2016, from Nigeria

Career prospects

This course has been developed with industry experts, such as Statoil Process Engineers. The course is aimed to provide you with technical capability, alongside analytical and creative skills to have a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

Throughout the course, you will find yourself working on current oilfield and industry-based problems, providing you with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience. The course will keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures. These visits are a great way to interact with oilfield experts and network with potential employers. Recent trips have included the National Engineering Laboratory.

As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Our master’s provides a route into many careers with the global oil and gas industry, where demand for qualified staff is high. Roles include: engineers and drill crew, experienced geoscientists and exploration engineers, exploration and appraisal specialists, senior planners and contract managers, HSE advisors, subsea engineers, subsea filters and flow assurance engineers, operators, technicians, reservoir engineers and senior drilling engineers, as Well as senior commercial roles, such as head of business development managers, country managers and sales managers. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in international oil and gas companies in roles such as petroleum engineers, process or facilities engineers, and energy analysts.

What our alumni say

The city is vibrant, the teachers are great and the MSc in Oil and Gas Management at Coventry gave me the tools for a career in the oil industry.

Anacleto De Barros Kafukena, MSc Oil and Gas Management, graduated in 2011, now Senior Contract Manager at GE Oil and Gas, Angola.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.