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University of Leeds

Petroleum Engineering

UCAS Code: H856
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time, abroad 2018
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
73% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£28k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAA, including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry. Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade. Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking. Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.

Scottish Highers

AABBB overall (AA at advanced level, including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

D*DD with Distinctions in relevant Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units. Some Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Global economic growth creates rising demand for oil and gas. Petroleum engineers play a vital role in the industry by finding, extracting and processing oil and gas, but there is currently a major shortage of engineers qualified in this area. Designed in collaboration with a number of companies, this degree will equip you to meet this need. You’ll study the basic mathematical, scientific and geological concepts that underpin petroleum engineering alongside specialised modules on topics like geophysics, drilling technology and oilfield corrosion. The course is taught by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and School of Earth and Environment, meaning you’ll be taught by experts in a variety of fields with extensive industrial experience. You’ll learn from leading researchers and undertake project work in every year, equipping you with the cutting-edge knowledge and professional skills to succeed in this vast and diverse sector.


University of Leeds

Brotherton Library

Studying at the University of Leeds and becoming a member of Leeds University Union will provide you with an experience like no other. The campus nestled in the heart of Leeds is a hive of activity from world-class research to inspirational academic lectures and exceptional Union events. We have more than 300 clubs and societies for sports, dance, media, politics and volunteering.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 76%
Student score 73% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
39% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
25% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
493 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
14% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £28k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to make good money from the word go? This is the degree for you! The UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are very good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, with an average starting salary of around £28,000. Key sectors for chemical engineers last year included the petrochemicals, food, nuclear, pharmaceuticals, materials and consultancy industries. Their skills set also means that the finance industry likes graduates from these degrees, so there are options if you don't fancy engineering as a career. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng — which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.
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