New University of Leeds Degree in Petroleum Engineering

Monday, March 10, 2008      

From 2008, the University of Leeds is offering a new 3-year BEng (Honours) undergraduate degree course in Petroleum Engineering.

Global economic growth still requires an ever-increasing demand for oil and gas. Currently, there is a major international shortage of qualified engineers in the petroleum industry and this new course is designed to produce graduates who wish to take advantage of the exciting and highly rewarding career prospects in this area.

As a student on the course, you will:
• Gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in petroleum reservoir and production engineering
• Learn how to describe and characterise the rocks and fluids that exist in sub-surface reservoirs
• Understand the interactions between fluids and their temperature, pressure and chemical environment
• Become familiar with the wide range of exploration, drilling and extraction techniques used by the petroleum industry
• Be able to design wells and model the performance of reservoirs throughout their economic life
• Understand the physical and chemical processes used in refining petroleum products
• Be able to design and cost appropriate chemical refining plant and equipment
• Be aware of a range of environmental factors associated with the production and utilisation of petroleum-based products.

Our Credentials
The course is run jointly by two schools from within the University of Leeds - the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering and the School of Earth and Environment. Both schools have extensive contacts within the petroleum industry, and are internationally recognised for the quality of their research, which permeates throughout their high standard of teaching.

In the UK’s last government research assessment exercise (RAE), both Schools achieved a prestigious 5 rating for research of ‘international excellence’. The RAE is a recognised mechanism for evaluating the quality of research in higher education. It is linked to funding and means we are able to attract the best staff, invest in excellent laboratory facilities, and our courses are at the forefront of thinking in the field. In addition, the University of Leeds is a member of the influential Russell Group of leading research intensive universities.

A recap of benefits to you...
• Your University of Leeds degree will be recognised and respected internationally
• You will be taught by world-class, research active staff who are at the cutting-edge of their field
• You will have access to state-ofthe-art technology
• You will develop skills that are highly sought after by industry
• You will be part of a friendly and supportive programme

Course outline
Subject areas that you will study on the course are shown below:

Level 1
• Engineering skills and design
• Thermodynamics
• Mathematical techniques
• Fundamental process chemistry
• Engineering science
• Introduction to petroleum engineering
• Fundamentals of geophysics
• Understanding the Earth
• Sedimentology, stratigraphic principles and maps

Level 2
• Mathematical techniques
• Laboratory assignments
• Engineering science
• Process equipment, power and control
• Hydrocarbon and mineral resources
• Exploration seismics
• Formation evaluation
• Petroleum reservoir engineering

Level 3
• Design project
• Separation processes
• Drilling and production technology
• Reservoir performance modelling
• Petroleum reservoir architectures
• Frontiers in geoscience

Entry requirements
You must have three Bs at A-level, two of which must be in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Geology. You must also have GCSEs or the equivalent in English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, if you don’t have them at A-level. We also accept international qualifications of an equivalent standard as well as recognised Foundation or Access courses.

How to apply
The course begins in September 2008. Applications for entry into the first year should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) from October 2007 onwards. For further details, visit

International Foundation Year
For students who wish to take our International Foundation Year (IFY), enrolment is already taking place. The IFY is for academically able international students who want to study at Leeds, but who do not yet have the qualifications necessary to start an undergraduate degree programme. It begins in September 2007 and on successful completion of the year, the student progresses onto the BEng Petroleum Engineering in 2008.

Entry requirements for the international foundation year can be found online at

Undergraduate Admissions Team
School of Process Environmental and Materials Engineering,
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
t +44 (0)113 343 2535
f +44 (0)113 343 2549

International Foundation Year, 11-14, Blenheim Terrace,
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
t +44 (0)113 343 3209
f +44 (0)113 343 2264

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