You can learn how to safely manage projects in this rigorously reviewed industry, by studying a Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc.
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 includes long-standing members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Our extensive links enable us to offer an exciting programme of expert speakers through the 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.
Petroleum technology specialists with environmental skills and competencies are increasingly valued by the global oil and gas industry in the 21st century; our programme will enable you to gain an integrated understanding of the core petroleum engineering and environmental science strategies within the modern-day petroleum industry. You’ll develop the competence to safely and effectively manage projects in the petroleum industry within the context of increasingly stringent environmental and safety legislation.
Our 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’. Our 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.
During the course of your studies, you can strengthen your understanding of the fundamentals of petroleum and environmental science and engineering. Depending on your interests or career aspirations, you also have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing from a range of modules on areas, such as impacts of petroleum exploration and production; environmental monitoring; wastewater treatment processes; and laboratory etiquette. For example, if you choose to explore climate change issues, you will examine the consequences of climate change for businesses and society – physical effects, social responses and technology-policy debates. We will place an emphasis on issues of the sustainable growth of low carbon economies, considering the sources of renewable energy and carbon management. Assessing and managing the risks posed by climate change is now a major driver of national policy and international diplomacy and provides a backdrop against which new social movements, business strategies and public policies are, and have, emerged.
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 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.
A distinct advantage of our course is the fact that it covers both the key technical components of the upstream petroleum industry, as well as developing 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, petroleum processing and gas technologies. In addition, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the environmental impacts of oil and gas projects, developing skills in environmental monitoring and how to manage environmental pollution, such as oil spill response and remediation, water and waste water treatment.
We offer cutting-edge 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.
International experience opportunities
You will be taught by internationally experienced staff with several years of industry project experience with multinational oil companies and national oil companies alike. Throughout your studies, we will refer to issues and case studies from around the world, such as the Shale Gas Revolution in the US and UK or environmental sustainability, climate change and the Paris Agreement.
Technical specialists with environmental skills and competencies are increasingly valued by the global oil and gas industry in the 21st century.
The course aims to equip graduates with the expertise required to confront the technological and environmental challenges facing the oil and gas industry in the 21st century. Membership of the Energy Institute throughout the course provides access to extensive learning and networking opportunities to support professional, management, technical and scientific career development within the industry.
As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Successful graduates could find employment in areas within the upstream technical oil and gas industry, and related fields in the chemical, environmental and energy sector.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provides a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.