Coventry University: Oil and Gas Engineering

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Energy, Construction and Environment
Study type Taught


The oil and gas industry is continuously developing; the reservoirs from which oil and gas can be extracted have become more complex and the production and processing conditions have become more challenging in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia and Africa, as well as the UK’s North Sea. In 2015, capital investment in the UK offshore oil and gas industry was £11.6 billion and the industry spent £8.2 billion operating its assets.

Expected to remain as a major contributor to the economy of many developed and developing regions, the oil and gas industry continues to be driven not only by new discoveries, but also by a constant demand to find newer, safer, more efficient and cost-effective methods of extracting and processing the resources.

Whilst exploration continues to identify major new finds across the world, these are increasingly less accessible and require complex engineering solutions to deliver effective operations and supply. Additionally, the significant and rising operating costs of mature fields and existing installations are driving the sector to seek suitably qualified engineers who are able to support operations and initiate improvements within the main strands of oil and gas exploration, production and processing in challenging offshore, onshore and sub-sea environments.

One of the few of its kind in the UK, this course will provide you with specialist education in oil and gas engineering and aim to provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required by the industry to solve and manage oil and gas engineering problems and complexities, and to optimise existing processes and deliver increased efficiencies.

The University, ranked 13th in the UK in the 2019 Guardian University Guide, has a long history of oil and gas education. The course is taught by globally experienced staff with industrial experience, world-class researchers from our Centre for Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics, and current practicing experts from major international oil and gas companies.

You’ll join an impressive industry network, including the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Institute of Energy (IoE). We are always exploring new industry partnerships and opportunities to improve your employability and introduce you to cutting-edge practices.

**Key Course Benefits**

* A high level of student satisfaction, 90% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).

* Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.

* Provides eligibility for student and associate membership to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME).

* Join the vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) which organises activities such as SPE Students’ Week, Students’ Paper Contests, industrial/field trips and other social/networking events.

* Access to sector-leading software used by over 500 international oil and gas companies across the world, such as standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software worth US$ 12.5 million (donated by Schlumberger), Petex Integrated Product Modelling (IPM) software worth over £1million (donated by Petex), Weatherford’s PanSystem and WellFlo, Honeywell’s UniSims Design Suite and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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