Fuel the world

This is an interesting time for the oil and gas sector. Its wide-ranging challenges make for a fulfilling career. On this BEng course, you can expect the hands-on experience of industry software and its application in the real world. You'll undertake investigative and laboratory technique work and develop valuable, transferable skills. And if you choose to spend a year in placement, you’ll gain even more understanding of how the industry functions.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Petroleum Engineering at LSBU?

  • We’re accredited by the Energy Institute, making you more attractive to employers.

  • We’ve been teaching Petroleum courses taught for over 60 years.

  • Overall excellence: No. 1 University in London for learning resources, academic support and assessment and feedback in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, National Student Survey (National Student Survey 2017).

  • Our staff are experts, with a great deal to share.

  • Specialist facilities: get access to industry level £1 million software suite sponsored by leading suppliers.

  • Work experience: complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 4 years September Southwark Campus


This course prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in either the petroleum industry or chemical process industries. At every stage, we’re looking to build your technical skill, problem-solving and professionalism.

You can expect to adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. After all, that’s what engineering is all about.

Some of the modules are shared across all our engineering courses – these help you understand the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice. In reality, most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. So, one of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering principles 1
  • Engineering principles 2
  • Design and practice
  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Introduction to chemical and petroleum engineering
  • Engineering computing

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid and separation
  • Geoscience, well drilling and logging
  • Principles of control
  • Reservoir engineering and petroleum economics

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Design project
  • Production engineering
  • Petroleum process and control
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Reservoir management
  • Process safety and environment protection


Petroleum Engineers often find themselves working with geoscientists, other engineers, and commercial managers to reveal the ideal locations to locate wells and predict how much oil or gas could be extracted. They use complex mathematical models to ensure the material is recovered as efficiently as possible. They'll design parts of the well and production systems, and give feedback to clients.

As an engineer, you can be a problem-solver, a technical specialist, a manager...the types of projects you’ll work on are interesting and varied and there’ll always be something new to motivate and inspire you.

This course is the first step to becoming a chartered engineer – and remember Chartered Engineers typically earn more than their colleagues.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Industry software for petroleum engineers

Students in the subject areas of chemical, process, and petroleum engineering at LSBU benefit from the detailed instruction they receive on a suite of industry-standard software packages that include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper, and GAP.

Teaching and learning

Your lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.

We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Science (Chemistry preferred)
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125
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Sep 23, 2019
End Date
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