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MSc in Petroleum Engineering​​

JPT/BPP(R/524/7/0046)05/20


Introduction

Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and quantitative methods in exploiting subsurface oil and gas reserves. At UTP, the MSc course in Petroleum Engineering offers qualified and dedicated graduates with a learning experience and industry relevant research and field development projects related to the needs of the multibillion dollar petroleum industry.

 

This is achieved through a programme of taught MSc degree course which offers 11 technical modules and 2 management electives. There is a high degree of computer usage for project, teaching and on-line support. High performance workstations are able to provide powerful graphics and processing capability enabling students and high caliber staff to tackle complicated problems of the petroleum industry.

 

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.

 

Programme Objective

  1. Science in Petroleum Engineering specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions.
  2. Industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.

 

Programme Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate continuing advanced knowledge in Science in Petroleum Engineering and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multidisciplinary context.
  2. Analyse and evaluate critically problems in Science in Petroleum 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 Science in Petroleum Engineering and apply it in the engineering context.
  4. Plan and perform research undertakings in Science in Petroleum Engineering professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  5. Report technical findings in both written and oral forms.
  6. Recognise the needs for continuing professional development in Science in Petroleum Engineering.

 

Programme Curriculum Structure

Each student is required to complete 8 core modules, 2 management elective modules and 1 Final Development Plan,1 Individual Project and Research Methodology. The programme curriculum structure is shown as below:

 

MSc PETROLEUM ENGINEERING CURRICULUM STRUCTURE ​ ​ ​ ​
Schedule ​​Category Module Credit Hour
Phase 1

(Week 1 -10)

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Core ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​1. PAM5113 Petroleum Geoscience ​3
​2. PAM5143 Formation Evaluation ​3
​3. PAM5123 Reservoir Engineering 1

(Basic Reservoir Engineering)

​3
​4. PAM5153 Well Test Analysis

(Reservoir Engineering 2)

​3
​5. PAM5173 Reservoir Simulation

(Reservoir Engineering 3)

​4
​6. PAM5164 Production Technology ​3
​7. PAM5133 Drilling Engineering ​3
​8. PAM5183 Petroleum Economics ​3
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Management / Business Electives

(Choose 2 only)

​ ​ ​ ​
​9. SFB5012 Engineering Economy ​2
​10. SNB5012 Operations Management ​2
​11. SNB5022 Strategic Management ​2
​12. SNB5062 Multinational Business and

Finance

​2
​13. SBB5022 Business Communication ​2
University Requirement ​SNB5032 Research Methodology ​2
Phase 2

(Week 11-14)

Dissertation ​ ​PAM5216 Field Development Project ​6
Phase 3

(Week 1518)

​PAM5226 Individual Research Project ​6
Total Credit ​ ​ 43

 

Programme Module Synopsis

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5113

​Petroleum Geoscience

​​3 credits

​The module introduces geological concepts to the students, then concentrates on the material closely associated with petroleum reservoir rocks, including the environment of deposition, volumetric calculations and uncertainty of data.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5143

​Formation Evaluation

​​3 credits

​The module addresses formation evaluation by well logging. There is an overview of the techniques and operation, followed by a discussion of the main attributes of the reservoir and fluid and their characteristic signals.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5123

R​eservoir Engineering 1 (Basic Reservoir Engineering)

​​3 credits

Reservoir Engineering 1 discusses the basic rock and fluid properties of typical oil and gas reservoirs. It examines material balance and fluid diffusivity approaches to reservoir fluid flow and volumes. It investigates water influx and immiscible displacement mechanisms. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5153

Well Test Analysis (Reservoir Engineering 2)

​​3 credits

This module reviews fluid flow in porous media and examines the analytical solutions to the diffusivity equation. It then takes the analytical solutions relevant to well testing and develops the classical solutions, examines their limitations and shows examples of their use. The module examines the use of pressure and flow measurements in reservoir management.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5173

Reservoir Simulation (Reservoir Engineering 3)

​​3 credits

This module develops an approximate solution to the diffusivity equation and discusses different numerical solution techniques. It discusses the uncertainty and errors associated with numerical solutions and shows the type of data required, resolution and up scaling required.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5164

Production Technology

​​3 credits

This module introduces the production system from reservoir to surface as a series of pressure drops and discusses the theoretical background to the flow regimes found in each section. The completion practices and equipment are developed along with perforating techniques and methods of determining well/ reservoir problems. Remedial solutions are developed along with the techniques of delivering these solutions.


The module also reviews the flow system from reservoir to surface then examines the major areas of interest to production engineers. The use of artificial lift (including gas lift) is discussed and the design requirements worked through. The main areas concerning the reservoir are formation damage, acidising and hydraulic fracturing. The module also discusses problems associated with water treatment and disposal, along with an overview of field production operations.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5133

Drilling Engineering

​​3 credits

This module examines the drilling operation as a whole then identifies the key areas: equipment, operations, formation pressures, well control, casing design and well trajectory.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5183

Petroleum Economics

​​3 credits

The module introduces the financial framework within which petroleum projects are judged. The module presents different techniques to measure costs and uses these along with statistical methods of quantifying risk to determine the ranking order for project development.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SNB5022

Strategic Management

​​2 credits

This capstone subject in the degree integrates and applies knowledge gained in previous units for the purpose of evaluating complex business problems and formulating policies and strategies for their solution. It seeks to develop knowledge of key strategic management concepts as well as basic skills in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of management strategies. A conceptual framework for the subject is developed covering both the domestic and global perspectives, Integration of existing knowledge in all areas business in an important part of the strategic management process. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

​SNB5012

Operations Management

​​2 credits

Overview on Operations Management, Forecasting, Designing of Goods and Services, Process Strategy and Capacity planning, Decision Making Tool, Location Strategies, Maintenance and Reliability, Transportation and Assignment problems and Project.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

​SFB5012

Engineering Economy

​​2 credits

This course will cover the fundamental concept of engineering economics and its principles, methodology and application of the various methods as well as discussion on issues related to the economic of various engineering projects. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SBB5022

Business Communication

​​2 credits

The course covers principles of business communication and provides insights into real world business communication situations. It emphasizes on developing interpersonal skills, communicating effectively in teams and across different cultures. Students will learn how to write short business messages, short reports and proposals effectively. It also helps students master business presentation skills. This course also includes "invited speaker" sessions where experienced speakers from the targeted businesses are invited to share their experiences with the students.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

SNB5062

Multinational Business & Finance

​​2 credits

This course is an introductory course on the management of business and international finance. It touches upon the international structure of business and environment to prepare students for international service and operations. This course also discusses how traditional business functions are influenced by culture, geography and technology.

 

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

PAM5216

Field Development Project

​​6 credits

The module integrates the learning outcomes of the taught modules. The main aim is to produce a field development plan based on real data. The main learning outcomes are expected to enhance cognitive and core skills: team working, developing problem solving strategies etc. 

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

PAM5226

Individual Research Project

​​6 credits

The module allows each student to work on a piece of research independently. The student is expected to review the subject, propose an experimental/ analytical plan and follow that through to planning the work, schedule and report.

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.


CONTACT

Programme Manager

Dr Mohd Azuwan bin Maoinser
​Email: mazuwan.maoinser@utp.edu.my