Study a Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc and explore how to safely manage projects in this rigorously reviewed industry.
This course aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the technical operation of the petroleum industry, together with some of the sector’s most important environmental issues – such as oil spillages, climate change and renewable energies.
Course content has been developed in collaboration with our Industry Liaison Panel, which currently includes long-standing members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Our current extensive links enable us to offer a programme of expert speakers through the free to attend oil and gas seminar series, which has previously featured the former Vice President of BP (Engineering), Honorary Guests from Imperial College London and a former President of SPE International. Our connections have also led to the donation by Schlumberger of industry standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software, worth US$15 million, giving you access to the same technology used by big multinational oil companies like Shell, BP and ExxonMobil.
Work placement option
This master’s programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a ‚work placement’ opportunity during your first semester with us. The ‚work placement’, which if secured, is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain an integrated understanding of the core petroleum engineering and environmental science strategies within the modern-day petroleum industry.
Upon successful completion of the course, you should have developed the competence to safely and effectively manage projects in the petroleum industry within the context of increasingly stringent environmental and safety legislation.
Our current excellent industry links provide an opportunity for you to hear from current professionals and practitioners, who will share their experiences and challenges, with past speakers covering topics such as ‘Oil and Gas Discovery, Development and Demise’, ‘The Shale Gas Revolution’ and ‘See the World, Stretch Your Brain’ (subject to availablity). Our current industry-based liaison panel includes members affiliated with British Petroleum, SPE International, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd, Petromall Ltd and Subsea Engineering News, to name but a few. They also provide input to ensure course content is up-to-date and relevant to current industry needs.
Why choose this course?
Coventry has a long history of teaching all aspects of engineering technology, from automotive to aerospace. This professionally accredited master’s degree* is currently taught by staff with national and international experience of oil companies and oil and gas service providers in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and New Zealand.
The course covers both the key technical components of the upstream petroleum industry, as well as complementary expertise in some of the emerging environmental concerns. This gives you the opportunity to graduate as an oil and gas specialist with an environmental bias, much valued by potential employers.
You will be exposed to the major components of the upstream operation including: reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, drilling engineering and petroleum processing and gas technologies. In addition, you could gain a solid understanding of the environmental impacts of oil and gas projects, providing the opportunity to develop skills in environmental monitoring and how to manage environmental pollution, such as oil spill response and remediation, water and waste water treatment.
We offer modern facilities, including training in sector-leading PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software and Petex Integrated Product Modelling (IPM), which is used by over 350 oil and gas companies across the world and was donated to us by Petex.
*This course is accredited by the Energy Institute for the 2021/22 intake. If the accreditation of [this course AND/OR the modules on this course] change, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.