Petroleum Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and quantitative methods in exploiting subsurface oil and gas reserves. At UTP, the MSc course in Petroleum Engineering offers qualified and dedicated graduates with a learning experience and industry relevant research and field development projects related to the needs of the multibillion dollar petroleum industry. This is achieved through a programme of taught MSc degree course which offers 11 technical modules and 2 management electives. There is a high degree of computer usage for project, teaching and on-line support. High performance workstations are able to provide powerful graphics and processing capability enabling students and high calibre staff to tackle complicated problems of the petroleum industry.

Course Structure

The curriculum is meticulously developed with inputs drawn from the experience of Heriot-Watt, UK and experts from the oil and gas industry in Malaysia and other parts of the world. The course is designed to accommodate working professionals who would be able to utilise their work experience in projects. For fresh graduates, there will be opportunities to work on real projects with various companies.

There are 11 technical modules and 2 management electives to be completed over 3 semesters.

The course runs on a one-week lecture module at UTP.

Semester 1:

  • 5 Technical Modules

Semester 2:

  • 4 Technical Modules
  • 1 Management Elective
  • 1 Research Project

Semester 3:

  • 1 Management Elective
  • 1 Research
  • 1 Fieldwork

Examinations are held at the end of every semester on week 16.

Petroleum engineers are expected to be able to communicate effectively with people from various disciplines and expertise. Our programme is designed to encourage close interaction amongst students and industry practitioners.

Course Content

Technical Modules:

  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering 1
  • Reservoir Engineering 2
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Production Technology 1
  • Production Technology 2
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Project Economics
  • Research Project
  • Field Development Project

Management Electives:

  • Engineering Economy
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in the field of Engineering, Science or Applied Mathematics from UTP or other recognised universities. Applicants with other qualifications can be considered if they have the necessary research experience and could demonstrate their capabilities to pursue postgraduate studies. Minimum CGPA of 3.00 (or equivalent). Lower CGPA can be considered if the candidate has relevant industrial experience (3 years or more). English proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or MUET band 4. Exemption may be provided for candidates who are native English speakers or holding a degree with English as the medium of instruction. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.