Petroleum Engineering [MEng] Year 2

Year 2 of the Petroleum Engineering degree builds upon the knowledge that you have learnt in Year 1. You will receive a balanced overall coverage of fundamental Earth Science, mathematical and chemical principles, and geomechanical theory. An introduction to specific Petroleum Engineering disciplines and concepts will equip you for greater specialisation during Year 3. As you broaden your knowledge, we will place increasing emphasis on developing your transferable skills, to support your employment after graduation. This helps many of our students secure internships during the summer between Years 2 and 3.

Year 2 Aims

The second year of the Petroleum Engineering degree builds on and expands the knowledge from Year 1. We will introduce to you the processes that create the large-scale stratigraphic relationships on the Earth, the development of faults, folds and basins that generate much of the architectural characteristics of petroleum systems. We will introduce you to the geophysical methods (e.g. seismic and wireline logging tools) that are the basis for determining the architecture of petroleum systems and calculating rock physical properties.

You will learn about the chemical composition of reservoir fluids, and be introduced to drilling and production engineering methods used to recover hydrocarbons. We will teach you the advanced mathematical skills that you will need to quantify and model fluid flow through these complex natural media and discuss the natural constraints on multiphase fluid flow in these environments. We will review the role of thermodynamics in natural mineral fluid systems and provide you with enhanced laboratory skills. We will also teach you how to develop scientific arguments, and communicate scientific ideas using both written and oral methods. You will take part in CV compilation, mock interviews and oral presentations.

Year 2 Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Year 2 you will:

  • understand the fundamental processes that transport sediment at the Earth's surface and lead to different rock types having varying spatial distributions, and understand how this information maybe applied to petroleum engineering problems;
  • appreciate the large-scale stratigraphic and structural relationships of reservoirs to use in assessing reservoir heterogeneity and calculating petroleum volumes;
  • understand the tectonic and structural processes that control basin development, which in turn link to the fundamental processes that control lithofacies distributions;
  • understand the fundamental principles that underpin the most commonly used geophysical and petrophysical methods that can be used to determine rock properties;
  • have developed the necessary advanced mathematical skills to describe the diversity of these complex systems;
  • understand how thermodynamics can be used to predict likely solid:liquid reactions in mineral fluid systems;
  • appreciate the natural constraints on multiphase fluid flow in petroleum systems;
  • be able to work safely and effectively in laboratories at an advanced level;
  • be able to effectively present scientific arguments, and communicate scientific ideas to their colleagues using both written and oral methods.


You must do all of the mandatory course units:

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