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University of Portsmouth: Petroleum and Gas Engineering

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Technology
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


Overview Shape your engineering career for the rapidly changing demands of the gas and petroleum industry with a Master's course focused on the future of the sector.

You'll develop your skills in oil and gas extraction, as these will remain part of the world's energy mix for years to come. But you'll also look at the opportunities and threats of the transition to green energy and Net Zero carbon targets, examine environmental challenges and climate change mitigation measures such as CO2 capture and storage, and diversify your skillset with subjects such as data science and artificial intelligence.

You'll be studying with industry professionals and expert academic staff, working on key industry themes such as Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Simulation, as you follow an MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering programme specifically designed to meet the demand for petroleum and gas specialists in the industry.

What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Future-proof your career by studying hydrocarbon production optimisation alongside greener energy and sustainability issues such as carbon capture and storage

  • Use £5 million worth of industry-standard software packages, such as Petrel E&P, and attend talks from visiting software providers like Schlumberger, Kappa or CMG

  • Visit projects and view active equipment on field trips to local hydrocarbon-producing well sites such as Wytch Farm, Stockbridge and Storrington

  • Learn how to apply our unique AI-supported methodologies, and add data science and Python programmng to your petroleum and gas engineering skillset

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Portsmouth Chapter The SPE Chapter is organised managed and run by the students, for the students, under the guidelines of SPE International. The Chapter regularly host events featuring guest lecturers from industry, as well as showcasing all SPE UK webinars. It also organises field trips and careers talks.

Careers and opportunities This course is designed to develop you for practical, analytical and managerial roles in oil and gas engineering, with the ability to apply what you've learned to associated industries in sustainable power, decarbonisation or geotechnical analysis.

We'll provide you with access to professional networks through site visits and guest lecturers, alongside support in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

What can you do with a Petroleum and Gas Engineering degree? Career opportunities include:

  • Analyst

  • Field engineer

  • Gas engineer

  • Petroleum engineer

  • Reservoir engineer

  • Test specialist

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


University of Portsmouth


‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’

Anna, Master’s student at the University of Portsmouth

 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
  • 86% satisfaction with course …
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