Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT057

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Study a Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc and explore how to safely manage projects in this rigorously reviewed industry.

This course aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the technical operation of the petroleum industry, together with some of the sector’s most important environmental issues – such as oil spillages, climate change and renewable energies.

Course content has been developed in collaboration with our Industry Liaison Panel, which includes long-standing members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Our extensive links enable us to offer a programme of expert speakers through the free to attend oil and gas seminar series, which has previously featured the former Vice President of BP (Engineering), Honorary Guests from Imperial College London and a former President of SPE International. Our connections have also led to the donation by Schlumberger of industry standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software, worth US$15 million, giving you access to the same technology used by big multinational oil companies like Shell, BP and ExxonMobil.

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 & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Energy Institute

*The course is fully accredited by the Energy Institute for the 2019-21 intakes. This means that, on successful completion, you will have met the entry requirement for working towards MEI professional status for the Energy Institute. Course content associated with the health and safety module has also been structured to mirror the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) syllabus on Managing Safely. On successful completion, in addition to your degree, this will offer you an opportunity to receive (free of charge) a professional certification: Managing Safely in the Oil, Gas and Energy Industry Certificate.

Course information

This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain an integrated understanding of the core petroleum engineering and environmental science strategies within the modern-day petroleum industry.

Upon successful completion of the course, you should have developed the competence to safely and effectively manage projects in the petroleum industry within the context of increasingly stringent environmental and safety legislation.

Our excellent industry links provide an opportunity for you to hear from current professionals and practitioners, who will share their experiences and challenges, with past speakers covering topics such as ‘Oil and Gas Discovery, Development and Demise’, ‘The Shale Gas Revolution’ and ‘See the World, Stretch Your Brain’. Our industry-based liaison panel includes members affiliated with British Petroleum, SPE International, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd, Petromall Ltd and Subsea Engineering News, to name but a few. They also provide input to ensure course content is up-to-date and relevant to current industry needs.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

During the course of your studies, you will be given the opportunity to strengthen your understanding of the fundamentals of petroleum and environmental science and engineering. Depending on your interests or career aspirations, you also have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing from a range of modules on areas, such as impacts of petroleum exploration and production; environmental monitoring; wastewater treatment processes; and laboratory etiquette. For example, if you choose to explore climate change issues, you will examine the consequences of climate change for businesses and society – physical effects, social responses and technology-policy debates.

We will place an emphasis on issues of the sustainable growth of low carbon economies, considering the sources of renewable energy and carbon management. Assessing and managing the risks posed by climate change is now a major driver of national policy and international diplomacy and provides a backdrop against which new social movements, business strategies and public policies are, and have, emerged.

This course includes the Consulting Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Modules

  • Year One

    Mandatory subjects

    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
    • Reservoir Engineering
    • Petroleum Processing & Gas Technologies
    • Drilling Engineering
    • Oil Spills Science, Response and Remediation
    • Process Safety and Reliability Engineering
    • Sustainability in Petroleum Exploration, Production and Transportation
    • Air Pollution Control & CO2 Management
    • Produced & Industrial Water Treatment
    • Post Graduate Transition Skills for Oil & Gas Students
    • Field/Lab Based Learning
    • Master/Consultancy Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • You may have the opportunity to get support to attend and present your work at SPE student paper contests at national, regional and international levels (please note that such opportunities may be subject to competitive application, availability, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements).
  • Successful completion of this course can set you on the path to gaining chartered professional status, meeting the entry requirements towards becoming a Member of the Energy Institute (MEI). Further information can be found on the Energy Institute website.
  • 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, NSI Technologies’ StimPlan and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.
  • Inspirational, free to attend expert guest lecture programme, which in the past has featured the former Vice President of BP (Engineering), former President of SPE International and industry professionals from StatOil in Norway.
  • The opportunity to join the vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), which organise several student-led activities and events, such as a field trip to Wytch Farm oil field in Dorset, Schlumberger Gould Research Center in Cambridge, Weatherford Drilling Evaluation Centre in Aberdeen - Scotland, Ullrigg-NORCE Facility – Norway, Kårstø Gas Processing Plant - Norway and inter-university competition (PetrolBowl) at SPE meetings around the world. Please note that such opportunities may be subject to competitive application, availability, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.
  • The current course team includes members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Exploration of Great Britain (PEXGB), Society for Sedimentary Geology, The Reservoir Engineer Network, Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, British Hydrological Society with the Institution of Civil Engineers, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, British Society for Geomorphology.

Your main study themes are:

  • Drilling Engineering: Focuses on oilfield drilling practices, well construction and completion processes. It adapts these practices to a range of well types and encourages a strategic approach to well planning. You will have the chance to learn about drilling technology, types of drilling and drilling fluids, as well as how to assess 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. Technologies and economics of natural gas processing and transport are also covered.
  • Reservoir Engineering: Covers in-depth reservoir technology and engineering (RE) skills which aims to enable you to perform relevant RE calculations and make appropriate decisions. Various engineering and technological practices are covered, ranging from rock properties, through fluid flow and field development planning, to the practicalities of well testing, core analysis and fluid sampling.
  • Oil Spills Science, Response and Remediation: You will have the opportunity to gain insights into the law of improbable incidents and the stochastic nature of oil spill occurrence. We will cover oil fate and trajectory simulation, as well as the governing processes that support the interpretation of output. For example, we look at spill trajectory analysis which aims to help decision-making designed to facilitate the best possible outcome to protect environmental resources and direct clean-up operations. We also address different remediation methods.
  • Process Safety and Reliability Engineering: Lesson learned from major accidents have shown that plant safety and profitability are inextricably linked. In process industries where hazardous chemicals are handled and stored, potential loss of containment arguably can pose the single largest risk and consequences to people, the environment and the business itself can be catastrophic. Therefore, there is a collective and compelling need for the chemical and major hazard sectors to demonstrate that risks are being adequately controlled. As such, the knowledge of Process Safety and Reliability Engineering cannot be overemphasised. This module will introduce students to the concepts of uncertainty, process safety management (PSM), reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM), along with legal frames related to engineering safety and analysis techniques.
  • Sustainability in Petroleum Exploration, Production and Transportation: This module aims to explore oil and natural gas as key components of the emerging energy system and examine opportunities for sustainability in the oil and gas value chain including exploration, production, transportation and decommissioning. Sustainability in the petroleum industry is relatively new but it can be viewed from two major perspectives viz: (i) new and emerging engineering technology innovations; and (b) improved business performance through existing protocols that can limit engineering projects’ footprints on the five spheres of the environment (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and anthrosphere). This module will assess these complex issues in line with the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of ‘promoting prosperity while protecting the planet’.

This course is available for study on either a part-time or full-time basis and you may also be able to switch your mode of study part-way through. The full-time mode takes one year to complete, while part-time typically takes three to five years to complete. You will take six mandatory modules, two optional modules and the project/dissertation module.

The structure and content of the award reflects a range of practical interests, such as the need to develop the generic skill of practitioners, familiarity with industry standard software and thematic understanding of ideas and principles associated alongside environmental science. As a result, it features a blend of technical, theoretical, and practical modules designed to develop real-life skills and knowledge for new and existing practitioners.

Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of case study materials, in-class exercises and the use of industry professionals as guest speakers in direct teaching of students. Previous students have considered case studies including: drilling and well integrity in the Ghawar Oilfield; field optimisation and enhanced oil recovery in mature oilfields; the 2010 BP Macondo oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; and process safety and accident records in European, African, American, Australian and Asian Oilfields, amongst others. Past students have also debated issues like the implications of volatile crude oil prices and the glut in oil production/supply vis-à-vis upstream engineering project investments by multinational oil companies.

You will be taught by a highly experienced team with research and academic excellence in the fields of: Hydrocarbon Extraction; Carbonate Geology and Oil Habitat; Reservoir Simulation and Engineering; Formation Evaluation; Drilling, Well Testing, Completion, Workover and Cementation; Health, Safety, Security and Environment; Oil Spill, Response and Remediation; Water and Waste Water treatment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Clean and Renewable Energy; Improved Oil and Gas Recovery and Oilfield Chemistry.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include a combination of coursework assignments, presentations, individual written assignments and formative group work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and processes in petroleum science and engineering.
  • Apply relevant processes and technologies, including subsurface facilities plan and development, renewable energy options and environmental considerations.
  • Appreciate the methods and global best practices in managing health, safety and environment in exploration and production of oil and gas.
  • Articulate strategies to assess environmental impacts of oil and gas projects and link these to project-level or companywide ISO 14001:EMS
  • Develop policies in response to the environmental challenges of petroleum production and operation processes.
  • Identify and provide innovative design solutions to complex oil and gas engineering problems.
  • Use a range of research methods and techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, to provide information and evaluate options when problem-solving in an uncertain and changing organisational environment.
  • Apply effective leadership and technical skills in the oil and gas sector and appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing operational and legislative context to meet stakeholders’ interests.

Teaching at postgraduate level may involve 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 12-18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-2 hours.
  • Medium group teaching: 3-5 hours of seminars or workshops.
  • Large group teaching: 7-10 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further estimated 20-24 hours of self-directed study each week, for example working on course assignments, reading up articles on your own etc.

You will be taught by internationally experienced staff with several years of industry project experience with multinational oil companies and national oil companies alike. Throughout your studies, we will refer to issues and case studies from around the world, such as the Shale Gas Revolution in the US and UK or environmental sustainability, climate change and the Paris Agreement.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

Minimum of a second class honours degree in a petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geological engineering, petrochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, numerate physical sciences, geosciences or mathematics related subject.

Candidates with an equivalent qualification to a second class honours degree in any of the above subject areas may be considered. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Minimum of a second class honours degree in a petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geological engineering, petrochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, numerate physical sciences, geosciences or mathematics related subject.

Candidates with an equivalent qualification to a second class honours degree in any of the above subject areas may be considered. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 a petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geological engineering, petrochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, numerate physical sciences, geosciences or mathematics related subject.

Candidates with an equivalent qualification to a second class honours degree in any of the above subject areas may be considered. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘related subject’ or ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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


September 2019

£11,450 (per year)


January 2020

£11,450 (per year)


UK 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


September 2019

£11,450 (per year)


January 2020

£11,450 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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


September 2019

£15,800 (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Site visits, international conferences and workshops may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The course aims to equip graduates with the expertise required to confront the technological and environmental challenges facing the oil and gas industry in the 21st century. Membership of the Energy Institute throughout the course provides access to extensive learning and networking opportunities which aims to support professional, management, technical and scientific career development within the industry.

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.

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 provides a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our previous graduates have gone on to work for Shell, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil/Service companies, as well as a range of national and other international oil companies.

What our alumni say

Going to Coventry University for my master’s Degree in Petroleum and Environmental Technology was one of the best decisions of my life. The multicultural learning environment and the vastly experienced staff made the entire period worthwhile.

Members of staff were ever willing to render assistance at every given opportunity and this made an indelible impact on me that will last forever. The synergy between the school and major players in the oil and gas industry exposed me to certain cutting-edge technologies that have translated my career millions of miles beyond my wildest dreams.

Samsonesla Bitrus, MSc Petroleum and Environmental Technology, graduated in 2014, now an Oilfield Engineer
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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