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University of Portsmouth

Petroleum Engineering

UCAS Code: H850

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with a minimum of 40 points from Mathematics, plus one relevant subject.

96-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Mathematics at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Combined Science/Physics at grade C, or equivalent/GCSE English and Combined Science/Physics at grade 4, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 2 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics, plus one relevant subject at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics at H3, plus one relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, with a minimum of 40 points from Mathematics, plus one relevant subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with a minimum of 40 points from Mathematics, plus one relevant subject.

78%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Petroleum engineering

**Overview**

Major advances in renewable energy are moving forward quickly but the reality is we're likely to depend on oil and gas for many more years to come. If you'd get a kick out of solving problems in this area and want to see the world, this BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering degree course is ideal.

You'll get a practical understanding of oil exploration, drilling and extraction, learn how the petroleum industry functions and get to apply your skills in our labs and on field trips.

There's currently a shortage of qualified oil and gas engineers. The skills and industry connections you develop on this course will set you up for a career in the petroleum and engineering sector in areas such as oil and gas exploration, reservoir modelling, product marketing, management and finance.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute. This lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

After the course, you'll also be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this course you'll:

- Study the phases involved in finding, drilling and extracting oil

- Apply your skills in our geological and reservoir and drilling labs

- Use our computer-aided design (CAD) suite, rapid prototyping suite, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities

- Take your learning out of the lab, with field visits to Stockbridge production facility and Kimmeridge Bay for geological work

- Take advantage of our status as an active chapter for the Society of Petroleum Engineers with regular industrial talks and an annual event celebrating Petroleum Week

- Become a student member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – we pay student membership fees for all of the students on this course

- Have the chance to expand your experience and make valuable contacts by completing your final-year project with support from the industry professionals and companies

**Careers and opportunities**

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in many petroleum-related fields, including:

- oil and gas exploration and production

- reservoir modelling

- drilling and refinery operations

- product marketing

- manufacturing

- management

- finance

What jobs can you do with a Petroleum Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- petroleum engineer

- reservoir engineer

- drilling engineer

- gas engineer

You could also continue you studies as postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"When I saw there was an opening in my dream job, I knew it would be intensely competitive. I'd studied hard and prepared, but was my internship that really tipped the balance." Ola Ajayi, Petroleum Engineering Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Engineering Practice
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
Mathematical Principles
Petroleum Chemistry
Petroleum Engineering Principles
Petroleum Geoscience

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Drilling Engineering
Innovation and Enterprise
Numerical and Computational Methods in Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Properties and Thermodynamics
Reservoir Engineering

Optional modules in this year are:

Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
Petroleum Refinery Operations
Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at companies including:

IGas
IHS
Oilfield International
Premier Reservoir

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

Formation Evaluation and Well Logging
Individual Project
Petroleum Production Engineering
Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written examinations
coursework
practical tests
project work
presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 84% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 8% by coursework
Year 2 students: 68% by written exams and 32% by coursework
Year 3 students: 43% by written exams and 57% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Petroleum engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

53%
UK students
47%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemical, process and energy engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Road transport drivers
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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