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MSc in Drilling Engineering

JPT/BPP(R/544/7/0003)08/24

 
​Introduction

A master programme in Drilling Engineering deals with the application of recent advances in drilling technologies and analysis techniques such as well constructions, geomechanics, drilling fluid and cementing, well completion, casing design, hydraulics, project management and economics, well engineering and well intervention in order to understand and optimise the drilling technique with technical knowledge and safety in place.

The MSc in Drilling Engineering programme in UTP is unique as it is the only programme of its kind offered in Malaysia. In addition, being affiliated to PETRONAS, UTP has good access to supports of the program such as through adjunct lecture scheme, co- teaching from industrial instructors and also external examiners for individual projects. This programme has industrial based project which exposed to the real data of industries to become competent drilling engineer.

The programme would provide the MSc in Drilling Engineering graduate with enhanced knowledge and skills that meets oil and gas industrial demand in the area of Drilling Engineering, R&D scientific bodies and further studies.


​Why You Should Join Our MSc Programme

  1. The ONLY programme of its kind offered in Malaysia and in the region​​
  2. In addition of being affiliated to PETRONAS, students for this programme will have the opportunity of having a multi delivery system which heavily involves key industry players and latest technology updates through the following initiatives:
    • All modules are being delivered sharing by UTP Lecturer and Industry Experts
    • Hands-on experience on-land rig
    • 6 months industry attachment for individual industry project
    • Individual industry project based on real industry problems
    • Students would have the opportunity to go through a certified Well Control training


Career Opportunities

Students graduated from this programme will be able to work in Oil and Gas industry such as PETRONAS and other operators and service companies with the job title drilling engineer or mud engineer.

Graduates from this programme will be highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of Drilling Engineering as they will :

  • have hands on experience through an actual rig training.
  • have the latest technology updates and case studies through industry engagement.
  • graduate with level 4 Well Control certification.

​Programme Objective

The programme educational objective of the programme is to produce drilling Engineering specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions. The programme also aims to produce industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.


​Programme Outcomes

Upon graduation the candidates shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate continuing and advanced knowledge in drilling engineering and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multidisciplinary context.​​
  2. Analyse and evaluate critically problems in drilling engineering, particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools and techniques.
  3. Appraise available information and research evidence in drilling engineering and apply it in the engineering context.
  4. Plan and perform research undertakings professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  5. Report technical findings in both written and oral forms.
  6. Recognise the needs for continuing professional development in drilling engineering.


​Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with Master of Science in Drilling Engineering degree, students are required to:
  1. Obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0
  2. Pass the dissertation project requirement
  3. Satisfy all the requirements as approved by Senate


​Course Duration and Offering

This course is available in Full-Time.

Mode
Minimum Duration
Maximum Duration
Full-Time
​18 months
36 months


​Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, or
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.


​Enrolment Mode

The programme offered is only for full-time basis, based at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS where all the lectures are held on the campus.


​Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in the field of Engineering / Engineering Technology from UTP or other recognised universities with CGPA of at least 2.50 or equivalent.​
  • English proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or MUET band 4. Exemption may be provided for candidates who are native English speakers or holding a degree with English as the medium of instruction.


​Fee Structure




​Programme Curriculum Structure

​Each student is required to complete 44 credit hours consisting of 10 core modules, 1 module for national requirement, 1 module for university requirement and 1 module for individual project. The programme curriculum structure is shown as below:

CORE
Course Name
Code
Credit Hours
DAM 5253 ​ ​
Well Construction ​
3
DAM 5263 ​
Geomechanics ​ ​
3
DAM 5273 ​ ​
​Drilling Fluids & Cementing ​
3
DAM 5283 ​ ​
​Casing Design & Tubular
​3
DAM 5293 ​​ ​ ​ ​
Hydraulics & Drillstring Design
​3
DAM 5303 ​ ​
Well Completion ​
​3​​
DAM 5313 ​ ​
Well Engineering 1 ​
3
DAM 5323 ​ ​
​Project Management & Economics
​3
DAM 5333 ​​ ​ ​ ​
Well Intervention & Workover
​3
DAM 5343 ​ ​
Well Engineering 2 ​
​3​​
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT
Course Name
Code
Credit Hours
DAM 5362 ​
Data Analytics ​
2
NATIONAL REQUIREMENT
Course Name
Code
Credit Hours
SNB5032 ​
Research Methodology ​
2
​INDIVIDUAL PROJECT
Course Name
Code
Credit Hours
DAM 535A ​
Individual Project ​
​10
Total ​ ​​ ​ ​ ​
44

​Subject by Semester

Semester 1
Course Name
Credit Hours​
​Geomechanics
​3
​Drilling Fluids & Cementing
​3
Casing Design & Tubular
​3
Well Engineering 1
​3
Credit Hours
12​

Semester 2
Course Name
Credit Hours​
​Well Construction
​3
​Hydraulics & Drillstring Design
​3
Well Completion
​3
​Well Engineering 2
​3
Credit Hours
12​

Semester 3
Course Name
Credit Hours​
Project Management & Economics
​3
Well Intervention & Workover
​3
Data Analytics
​2
​Research Methodology
2
Credit Hours
10​

Semester 4
Course Name
Credit Hours​
Individual Project
​10
Credit Hours
10​

Programme Module Synopsis

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5253
​Well Construction ​​
​​3 credits

​This module provides a broad understanding of the essential principles of Well Construction. The module delivers knowledge of the topics into deeper understanding of Wells and Well Systems through the medium of course and fieldwork. Key themes include Well control design, Well Integrity, Introduction to drilling and Operation management including logistic, drilling organizing & people, HSE, MPD application and techniques.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5263
Geomechanics
​​3 credits

This module plays a major role in understanding the wellbore stability, formation pressure, structural geology and stress analysis. The presence of the wellbore and the pressure of the drilling fluid induce changes in the stress state or in the rock. As a result, the rock around the borehole may fail if the redistributed stresses are greater than the rock strength. This course addressed subject on structural geology, formation rock, leak off test, application of geomechanics in unconventional hydrocarbon, formation pressure, wellbore stability, fracture gradient and stress analysis.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5273
Drilling Fluids & Cementing
​​​​​​3 credits

The course begins with evaluating the drilling performance and continue with clay chemistry and inhibition, polymer chemistry, filtration properties, Completion, Reservoir Drill-in, Workover and Packer Fluid and drilling waste management. Later, the student will be exposed with cementing including the cement additives, cement job, cement evaluation and horizontal cementing.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5293
Hydraulics & Drillstring Design ​​
3 credits

The objective of this course is to provide the student with an advanced knowledge needed to design and analyze drilling hydraulics. The students will learn hydrostatics of single and multiphase systems; drilling fluid rheology; calculation and optimization of frictional pressure losses in the circulating system; optimizing bit hydraulics; evaluating hole cleaning performance; and predicting swab/surge pressure changes. The graduates will be able to design drill string and bits to prevent drill string failure. In addition, students will be able to evaluates torque and drag associated with each trajectory, operating limits to prevent buckling, and pressure drops for different pipe sizes to select the best drill pipe option.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5303
Well Completion
​​3 credits

This course provides the completion system with theoretical background in each section. The completion practices and equipment are designed along with perforating techniques for both onshore and offshore. Formation damage and treatment are also introduced. The use of artificial lift is discussed. Stimulation, fracturing and sand control techniques are explained.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5313
Well Engineering 1 ​​
​​3 credits

This module teaches the students to master the subjects of well trajectory, anti-collision, directional drilling and deviation control, well abandonment, well control and managed pressure drilling integrate these subjects with all the lesson learnt from the previous modules to produce a comprehensive well design document that meets the industry standards and regulations. The given mastery is expected to be applied in a specific project that allows the students to have a firsthand experience in applying a systematic workflow to produce and present a comprehensive well design document using actual case studies.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5323
Project Management & Economics
​​3 credits

The student will learn project economics and management principles and able to apply this knowledge in managing drilling project. Student will learn on how to apply the critical project and risk management concepts that are required to run drilling projects in a safe, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally-friendly manner. The student will also learn concepts of project finance and administration, and supply chain management.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5333
Well Intervention & Workover
​​3 credits

This module provides fundamental information regarding well intervention and workover. The student will be equipped with subject slickline, e-line and coil tubing operation. The module will deliver also workover operation, wellhead maintenance hydraulic workover unit, intervention tools and fishing operation. To further enhance student capability, the module is equipped with other well intervention methods and new technologies in well intervention.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM 5333
Well Engineering 2
​​3 credits

This module elaborates about advanced well design and stuck pipe prevention. The student will be teaching to master well design of HPHT well, deepwater well, ERD, horizontal and multilateral wells. The student will further equip with mechanism and procedure to mitigate and recovery of stuck pipe.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
SNB5032
Research Methodology
​​​​2 credits

The course covers Fundamentals of Research Methodology and Applied Sciences.

Course Code
Module
Credit Hour
DAM535A
Individual Project
3 credits

The module introduces the principles and techniques involved in managing well engineering and construction operations by developing the students’ knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of drilling and well engineering operations.


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