Oil and Gas Engineering MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT058

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Overview

With a broad-ranging Oil and Gas Engineering MSc, you could work across the world in the oil and gas industry.

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) at no extra cost, and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), which is currently free for students under 29 years old. (Additional fees apply for those above this age)

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.

Our extensive industry links can enable you to benefit from technical site visits (subject to availability and limited places, travel costs may be borne by the student), 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:

This course enables you to become student members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at no extra cost, and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), which is currently free for students under 29 years old.

Course information

Upon successful completion, this 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 module subjects aim to 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 explore how to tackle complex engineering problems with shifting baselines and varying degrees of resources and information.

You will be provided the opportunity to gain practical experience in a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines, and you should learn how to design appropriate components, systems or processes to improve the quality and functionality of equipment and plant within individual and complex environments. You could 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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

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

Modules

  • Year One

    Mandatory modules:

    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
    • Drilling Engineering
    • Petroleum Geosciences
    • Petroleum Processing & Gas Technologies
    • Engineering Materials and Corrosion Control in the Energy Industry
    • Flow Assurance and Subsea Systems
    • Process Safety and Reliability Engineering
    • Reservoir Engineering
    • Reservoir Simulation
    • 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...

  • 100% of oil and gas students believe the course has challenged them to produce their best work (2017 Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
  • 92% of oil and gas management students said they were satisfied overall with the course in the 2018 Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
  • 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.
  • Free 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.

Your main study themes are:

  • Flow Assurance and Subsea 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 should be able to apply analytical techniques to determine flow distribution and optimise performance of fluid flow system components in subsea environments.
  • Engineering Materials and Corrosion Control in the Energy Industry: 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 should enable you to develop the ability to identify, justify and apply techniques for effective engineering materials essential to meet the in-service performance demands of the energy, oil and gas challenges/applications with particular emphasis on corrosion, and other relevant material damage mechanisms/failure modes and their control strategies, and apply analytical and computer-based material methodologies in selection and design of oil and gas industry facilities.
  • 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 poses 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.
  • 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 explore 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: 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. It covers in-depth reservoir technology and engineering (RE) skills which should 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.
  • 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.

This course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time 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 leading professional bodies; there is 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 could 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 aims to 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 (subject to availability and limited places, travel costs may be borne by the student). 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.

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, in-class tests, presentations and essays.

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 successful completion, you will 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 is designed to be flexible and respond 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 12-18 ‘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 or reading up articles on your own.

Our strong relationship with industrial collaborators provides you with access to a wide range of national and international workshops and conferences run by the many professional bodies. Please note these may be subject to additional costs, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to try and 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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.

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’ 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.

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’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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

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.

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’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (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!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (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

This course has been developed with industry experts, and 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 could find yourself working on current oilfield and industry-based problems, providing you with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience. The course aims to 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.

As a postgraduate student, you can access support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

This master’s degree provides just one route into many possible 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 previous 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, in companies such as Shell, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil/Service companies, as well as a range of national and other international oil companies.

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 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.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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