Petroleum Production Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Petroleum Production Engineering MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2018. If you are starting in September 2019, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project - 60 credits
You will undertake a research project during the summer months.

Fuel Processing - 15 credits 
This module will deliver an understanding of the technologies and chemical processes used in the refining of oil and gas and enable the students to solve technology-specific problems and critically address technology-comparative questions.

Advanced Drilling and Production Technology - 15 credits 
This module aims to teach you a range of advanced topics in drilling and production, including formation pore pressure, stress analysis, multiphase flow, porous medium, enhanced oil recovery, and non-conventional oil and gas.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs - 15 credits 
An introduction to the fundamental principles and characteristics of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Explains the properties and application hydrocarbon recovery mechanisms, with an advanced knowledge of the hydraulic fracture treatment and thermal enhanced oil recovery methods.

Flow Assurance and Oilfield Chemistry - 15 credits 
This module explores the systematic understanding of the concepts of oilfield chemistry and flow assurance and enables you to develop a broad understanding of the main type of deposits likely to hinder the flow of hydrocarbons and the thermodynamic forces driving their depositions.

Optional modules 

Computational Fluid Dynamics - 15 credits 
The module will deliver an overview of modelling and simulation techniques, for example, computational fluid dynamics and process systems modelling.

Distillation - 15 credits
Understanding the underlying physics associated with separation processes, including analogies between mass, momentum and heat transfers and be able to design distillation columns, using established theoretical approaches.

Drilling and Production Technology - 30 credits
You will study a combination of theoretics in drilling and production technology and subject-related laboratory assignments. Topics covered include applications and techniques of petroleum drilling and production, including surface processing, refining theory, refinery operational practice and product specifications.

Separation Processes - 30 credits
This module will consist of an overview of separation processes, distillation and mass transfer. Topics covered include batch and continuous distillation, mechanism of absorption and desorption, and mass transfer at gas/liquid interfaces.

Chemical Reaction Processes - 15 credits 
A comprehensive introduction to kinetics of different types of homogeneous reactions and reactors together with rate analysis, as well as principles of process performance analysis and design of the reactors.

Rock Mechanics - 15 credits 
Understanding of rock mechanics including stress and strain, elasticity theory, and failure theories. You will gain experience in applying your understanding of rock mechanics theory to problem-solving. 

Petroleum Systems Case Studies - 15 credits 
Awareness of how the interaction of tectonic, burial and thermal histories in sedimentary basins determines the potential for hydrocarbon development and economic entrapment on continental margins. 

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering - 15 credits
Understanding the links between the physical behaviour of multiphase fluids in the subsurface and the methods needed to produce hydrocarbons.

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.