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Petrophysics is a key integrating discipline within the geosciences applied to the finding and development of hydrocarbon resources. Read more
Petrophysics is a key integrating discipline within the geosciences applied to the finding and development of hydrocarbon resources. The programme delivers practical knowledge and understanding necessary for new petrophysicists to enrich job experience, and for experienced petrophysicists a master’s degree.

COURSES
Semester 1
Introduction to Petrophysics and its Role Within the Oil and Gas Industry
Coring and Core Analysis
Integrating Petrophysics and Seismic Data for Reservoir Characterisation
Reservoir Surveillance and Operational Petrophysics

Semester 2
Characterisation of Complex Reservoirs
Specialist Formation Evaluation
Professional and Research Skills

Semester 3
Petrophyisics Project

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Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance. Read more
Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance.

Course details

The programme of lectures and project work, encompasses a wide range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems. The course is applied in nature and has been designed so that on completion, you are technically well prepared for a career in industry.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute, under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification, and the earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

Our Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student chapter is one of only nine in the UK. SPE is the largest individual member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Through our SPE chapter we can invite professional speakers from industry, and increase the industrial networking opportunities for students.

What you study

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

You select your master’s research projects from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff, but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles.

Core modules
-Drill Engineering and Well Completion
-Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
-Material Balance and Recovery Mechanisms
-Petroleum Chemistry
-Petroleum Economics and Simulation
-Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
-Practical Health and Safety Skills
-Research and Study Skills

MSc candidates
-Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

The course is delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is supported by excellent laboratory and engineering machine workshop facilities including fluid flow measurement, computer modelling laboratories, other laboratories and workshops, an excellent library and computing facilities. We have invested around £150,000 in laboratory equipment particularly in within core analysis and enhanced oil recovery.

We have several computer laboratories equipped with specialised and general-purpose software. This generous computing provision gives you extended access to industry-standard software – it allows you to develop skills and techniques using important applications. For upstream processes, Teesside University has access to educational software packages like Petrel, Eclipse, CMG, PIPESIM and Ecrin to simulate the behaviour of oil reservoirs, calculating oil in situ, and oil and gas production optimisation. As for downstream processes, you can use HYSYS to test different scenarios to optimise plant designs.

Facilities include:
Enhanced oil recovery and core analysis laboratory
The flow through porous media, enhanced oil recovery techniques and core analysis is done in the core flooding lab. The lab is equipped with core plugging and trimming, core preparation and conventional core properties measurement equipment. At a higher level, the lab is also equipped to perform some special core analysis measurements such as fluid relative permeabilities as well as rock surface wetting quantification.

Petrophysics laboratory
The petrophysics lab allows you to study the properties of rocks, particularly the measurement of porosity and evaluation of permeability. The lab is equipped with sieve analysis equipment to investigate grain sorting and its effect on permeability and the porosity of rocks. You are able to gauge saturation and fluid flow through porous media.

Surface characterisation laboratory
The rock surface characterisation lab is equipped with a zeta analyser to measure the rock surface electric charge. You study the rock surface wetting state, adsorption and desorption potential using digitised contact angle apparatus and thermos-gravimetric apparatus respectively.

Drilling laboratory
The drilling lab is equipped with mud measurement equipment including mud density, mud rheology and mud filtration systems to enable you to measure mud cake and formation damage. The lab highlights the importance of oilfield drilling fluids.

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Employability

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of both the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education combined with careful selection of candidates has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists.

It is widely recognised that a steady influx of fresh people and ideas is vital for the longer-term success and stability of an organisation, and it is therefore expected that recruitment will continue, especially for those with motivation and the appropriate qualifications.

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Regarded as the best of its kind in the world the programme gives you vocational training in geoscience skills for minerals exploration and production, including. Read more
Regarded as the best of its kind in the world the programme gives you vocational training in geoscience skills for minerals exploration and production, including: seismic interpretation, petrophysical analysis, geochemical evaluation, sedimentology, structural analysis, and reservoir modelling.

COURSES
Semester 1
Geophysics and Petrophysics
Applied Sedimentology

Semester 2
Production Geology
Regional Exploration
Professional Skills Incorporating Field Trip

Semester 3
Project in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

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Petroleum Geoscience Centre. The Petroleum Geoscience Centre at the University of Manchester combines postgraduate MSc and PhD training, industry professional development programmes and internationally renowned research within one of the leading Earth Science Schools in the UK. Read more
Petroleum Geoscience Centre: The Petroleum Geoscience Centre at the University of Manchester combines postgraduate MSc and PhD training, industry professional development programmes and internationally renowned research within one of the leading Earth Science Schools in the UK. Further industry scholarships will be advertised as available.

World-Class Infrastructure: Manchester University has world-class research and teaching facilities, including geochemical, sedimentological and geophysical laboratories. The Petroleum Geoscience Centre runs three workstation laboratories: two are dedicated research environments using clusters of Unix workstations, and Linux/Windows PCs running the Schlumberger GeoFrame suite, Paradigm VoxelGeo, Petrel, Kingdom Suite, GoCad, ER Mapper and Arc-Info, plus various well-log analysis packages. The third is a dedicated new teaching facility comprising a 12-workstation suite. Immersive visualization for research and training is provided at the Manchester Centre.

Established Petroleum Geoscience MSc: The course has strong links with international oil companies and a proven track record for training in exploration and production geoscience to meet the needs of the oil industry. The teaching team is led by Dr Jonathan Redfern (Director of the Petroleum Geoscience MSc who has many years experience with international oil companies) and includes leading researchers and experience petroleum geoscientists from the Basin and Stratigraphic Studies Group headed by Professor Rob Gawthorpe. There is a strong industrial component to the course with several modules taught by industry specialists and the potential to undertake research projects linked to oil companies. Modules offered include:

Geophysical Imaging and Interpretation
Petroleum Economics and Risk Analysis
Basin Analysis and Modelling
Petroleum Geochemistry
Petrophysics/Formation Evaluation
Play Fairway and Prospect Evaluation
Reservoir Characteristics and Modelling
3D Seismic Interpretation and Visualisation
Wellsite and Operations Geology
Management and Communication Skills

The course combines and emphasis on academic excellence with industrial application. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic standards and to develop key analytical expertise. Taught courses from October to April comprise lectures, practical exercises, tutorials, group projects. From May to September students specialise whilst undertaking an independant research project, often carried out within the offices of a sponsoring oil company, providing valuable work experience. Fieldwork is also an important part of the course. Three field trips are taken within the UK and one overseas field trip each year.

Careers: Graduates from this programme tend to follow career paths in the petroleum sector; with major international oil companies, service companies or the growing number of consultancies, government institutions or into the financial sector. Others have continued their studies with PhD training.

Entry Requirements: A good Honours degree in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline. Work experience may also be taken into account. Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Scholarships: Funding for places on the MSc is available from oil company scholarships and University bursaries. For international students there are other schemes scuh as PTDF Nigeria (full scholarship available.

ChevronTexaco will award two fully funded scholarships on Petroleum Geoscience courses in the UK. The course at Manchester has been selected as one of the target MSc’s and you are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. We will review the applications and forward the best two for final selection by ChevronTexaco. Scholarship (full tuition and living expenses, competitive award).

PESGB The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain is offering scholarships for places on the Petroleum Geoscience MSc at Manchester. This is open to all UK/EU students, with preference to those with some oil industry experience seeking to undertake enhanced training. Scholarship (£5,000 up to £10,000).

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The programme develop your skills in petroleum engineering, in particular formation evaluation and reservoir engineering and simulation, and appraisal plus safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas. Read more
The programme develop your skills in petroleum engineering, in particular formation evaluation and reservoir engineering and simulation, and appraisal plus safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas.

COURSES
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
Petrophysics, Core Analysis, and Formation Evaluation
Reservoir Engineering
Well and Production Engineering

Semester 2
Reservoir Simulation
Well Test: Analysis and Design
Field Development and Petroleum Economics
Enhanced Oil Recovery

Semester 3
Project in Petroleum Engineering

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There is a recognised, global shortage of practitioners in the area of reservoir engineering which is addressed by the programme. Read more
There is a recognised, global shortage of practitioners in the area of reservoir engineering which is addressed by the programme. You study a wide spectrum of reservoir phenomena, and to evaluate them in the context of petroleum engineering and cognate areas of petroleum Geoscience, within the economic context of the hydrocarbon industry.

COURSES
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Petroleum Geo-science
PetroPhysics, Core Analysis, and Formation Evaluation
Reservoir Engineering
Introduction to Energy Economics

Semester 2
Reservoir Sedimentology and Structure
Group Project and Research Skills

Semester 3
Project

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