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 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, 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.

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

Drilling and Production Technology - 30 credits
You will study a combination of theoretical syllabus 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.

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.

Oilfield Chemistry and Corrosion - 15 credits 
An introduction to the fundamental principles of oilfield chemistry and corrosion. Explains the properties and application of a range of chemicals used in corrosion control for oil and gas production and principal theories of corrosion science and engineering.

Advanced Oilfield Corrosion - 15 credits 
An in-depth introduction to the corrosion processes experienced in the oilfield. Covers material selection and engineering design in an oilfield context, corrosion management strategies, basic CO2 corrosion models, and strategies for new or mature assets.

Optional modules 

Separation Processes - 30 credits
This module will consist of 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.

Process Optimisation and Control - 30 credits
An introduction to the fundamental principles and practical methodologies for process integration, optimisation and control.

Multiscale Modelling and Simulation - 30 credits 
Introduction to modelling and simulation approaches: molecular modelling, discrete element methods, computational fluid dynamics and process systems modelling. Typical examples show the application of each technique and the scope for integrating multiscale modelling concepts in chemical and process engineering applications.