Taught course

Petroleum Engineering

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Entrants to the programme will normally have a good Honours degree (minimum 2:2 or UK equivalent) in engineering or a relevant science discipline such as geology, physics, chemistry or mathematics, from a British or overseas University. In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, industrial experience and personality are taken into consideration.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry’s most challenging problems. Upon graduating students will be able to understand, frame and solve the most complex of upstream problems in today’s petroleum industry.

The Petroleum Engineering MSc is delivered by the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, a world-leading Institute committed to delivering research and training programmes that meet the needs of the international petroleum industry. Students have been attending the Institute to study for the MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering since 1975. Graduates of the Petroleum Engineering programme are highly sought after by oil operating and oilfield service companies both in the UK and worldwide.

The Petroleum Engineering programme consists of lectures and project work, encompassing a wide range of petroleum engineering fundamentals, relevant to the current petroleum engineering industry. The courses on the programme are applied in nature and have been specifically designed so that students are technically well prepared for, and have a sound knowledge of, the industry.

Core Courses

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Well Test Analysis
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Petroleum Economics
  • Production Technology

Information for international students

Our graduates are well prepared to enter the international petroleum industry. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24-84 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation20 (15000 words)
Team Project20

Course contact details

EGIS Student Office
+44 (0) 131 451 8368