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MSc - Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering


University of Surrey Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time October, February MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

There’s a worldwide shortage of qualified engineers in the petroleum-refining systems-engineering industry. Our Petroleum Refining Systems MSc is filling that gap by providing you with the teaching you need to become a qualified and successful engineer.

Our course is taught by experts in the industry, and combines technologies, operations and economics with modelling, simulation, optimisation, and process design and integration, giving you a broad understanding of the industry.

What you will study

Our Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills you’ll need to pursue engineering careers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering or Physics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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Student Profile(s)

Sandra Chioma Ndife

"The academic staff in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering were very supportive and always ready to listen: it was apparent that every student’s comfort and satisfaction is considered a top priority."

Petroleum engineering appeals to me because it is not just limited to the fundamental principles of engineering but encompasses economic, business and analytical aspects as well. Petroleum is still considered an important natural resource, despite its issues, so the ability to develop sustainable methods of energy and oil production in petroleum refining is a very important skill.

Having worked at the Petroleum Equalisation Fund in my home country, Nigeria, following my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to continue my education in petroleum refining. I chose Surrey’s MSc Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering based on the variety of different modules, which suited my interests, and the high standard of education the University offers.

The aspects of the masters course I’ve most enjoyed have been the practical elements such as simulations and modelling. These were quite challenging but I liked having to think outside the box to tackle them. The academic staff in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering were very supportive and always ready to listen: it was apparent that every student’s comfort and satisfaction is considered a top priority.

My year at Surrey has been interesting. I’ve made lifelong friends and have been exposed to different cultures and lifestyles. Social nights on campus have been a great way to de-stress after long hours of lectures and study. What I’ve found is that the route to excellence and success is hard work.

Having completed my masters course I have returned to Nigeria where my plan is to work for the government in the petroleum refining industry. I believe Nigeria’s four refineries have the potential to produce more than their current capacity and, with the knowledge I’ve gained, I think I can help to improve the design, retrofit and optimisation of the refinery equipment.

Krishno Sarkar

"I can definitely say that the MSc has raised my professional value across the globe, adding immense value to my CV and helping me to get my desired job."

Before coming to Surrey to study for the MSc Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering, I was working full time as a production planning engineer at one of the petroleum refineries based in the Middle East. I wanted to upgrade my specialist knowledge, which was incomplete, and Surrey was one of the very few universities in the world to offer a well-designed course for the downstream petroleum sector.

The MSc offers a wide selection of modules which address the significant challenges being faced by petroleum refineries across the globe. The sector needs to reduce its carbon footprint while at the same time optimising its processes in order to remain competitive compared to other forms of energy.

The aspects of the course I most enjoyed were the modules on optimisation and decision-making tools, refinery technology and process optimisation, while I also found the workshop oriented class discussions very useful.

I found that the academic staff in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering were extremely professional, knowledgeable, experienced and helpful. The course is intense and, without their efficiency, it couldn’t be completed within such a short timeframe. The University itself is very well organised and has good facilities, including the large library building which has all kinds of reference materials available for study and research.

Before starting the course I was a little doubtful about whether it could really add value to my existing refinery knowledge as I already had a few years’ experience. After the course, I realised the difference it had made to my knowledge about petroleum refining and the energy sector as a whole.

Soon after I completed my masters course, I got a call from a national oil company based in Abu Dhabi and was interviewed and selected for the position of strategy specialist. Today I’m working in Canada in an oil refinery as a crude oil scheduler and planner. I can definitely say that the MSc has raised my professional value across the globe, adding immense value to my CV and helping me to get my desired job.

Scholarships

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.

Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.

Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on feesandfunding@surrey.ac.uk.

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