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MSc Petroleum Production Engineering

Programme code:MSC-PPEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr D Harbottle Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

At least a good second class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering or a related science/engineering discipline. Appropriate industrial experience at a professional level will also be considered.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The major distinctiveness of the programme is in its coverage of, and focus on, downstream petroleum industry activities. Other existing MSc programmes tend to focus on so-called upstream activities, such as reservoir engineering, although there is also some coverage of drilling and production topics. The programme will concentrate mostly on downstream drilling and production activities, although there will inevitably be some related geological topics (particularly in the drilling sections), and these aspects are expected to prove popular with suitably qualified students who wish to convert from a science or engineering background.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CAPE5000MResearch Project (MSc)60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
CAPE5420MFuel Processing15 creditsSemester 1
CAPE5600MAdvanced Drilling and Production Technology15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5620MUnconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5630MFlow Assurance and Oilfield Chemistry15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

CAPE5335MComputational Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5340MAdvances in Chemical Engineering15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5345MDistillation15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5601MDrilling and Production Technology30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5136MGeophysical Reservoir Evaluation15 creditsSemester 2

CAPE5340M is only an option for students who have graduated from the BEng Petroleum Engineering programme.
CAPE5601M is compulsory for students who have not previously studied CAPE3601

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

CAPE5301MSeparation Processes30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CAPE5311MChemical Reaction Processes15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5047MRock Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5735MPetroleum Reservoir Engineering15 creditsSemester 2

Students who take CAPE5345M as an optional module cannot take CAPE5301M

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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