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Petroleum Production Engineering MSc

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


Despite great efforts to develop alternative and renewable energies, petroleum demand continues to rise and will remain a substantial feedstock for transportation and the chemicals industry. However, depletion of conventional reserves means the increased demand can only be met by co-producing unconventional reserves/resources and by implementing enhanced production methods.

Our Masters degree in Petroleum Production Engineering provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in petroleum production. You will study core modules covering the fundamental science and engineering topics related to petroleum production, in addition to selecting from a range of optional modules which allows you to tailor your specialisation in Petroleum Production Engineering.

Your MSc degree will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and applied practicals, enabling you to become proficient in Petroleum Production Engineering practice. As part of our drilling and production modules you will learn through doing, working in teams to execute different drilling and production strategies. Your learning experience will be enhanced by our virtual reality training environment, engaging with industry experts who deliver seminars on current industry challenges, guest lectures from our alumni members discussing life in industry, and visits to production facilities across the UK.

You will undertake a research project with a petroleum engineering academic. Typical projects have included smart water for enhanced oil recovery, asphaltene dispersancy and deposit removal, characterizing permeability and porosity of shale and tight sandstone, and hybrid surfaces for corrosion inhibition. You will be able to choose from a wide range of research topics or alternatively propose your own research topic relating to a challenge in petroleum production.

At Leeds you will be a valued member of our petroleum engineering community and receive membership to our petroleum engineering society. You will be given the freedom and resources to develop both technically and professionally, preparing you for a rewarding career in the petroleum industry.


This course is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, which adheres to the requirements of further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.


You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Career opportunities

With a Masters degree in Petroleum Production Engineering, you could expect to pursue a successful career in the oil and gas industries. This includes a wide range of areas such as field engineering, production drilling engineering, pipeline and transportation logistics, refinery operations and management, refinery control and optimisation, and sales and marketing.

Tuition fees

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£ 24,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leeds

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    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

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