M.Sc. In Petroleum Engineering

M.Sc. In Petroleum Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (M.Sc. in PEEG) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of petroleum engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. in PEEG gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of PEEG and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

The MSc program in Petroleum Engineering at Khalifa University offers its students a profound set of skills and innovative technological advancements that are needed for the exploration, production, and management of subsurface energy resources. The multidisciplinary nature of the field provides our graduates with a versatile foundation enabling them to pursue careers in sectors spanning national and international corporations, government agencies, and private businesses. Job prospects for our alumni lie in the following broad venues/markets: petroleum (both upstream and downstream), mining, geothermal and subsurface energy storage, underground water resources, big data analytics, energy analysis and consultancy, CO2 sequestration, technology and investment. Graduates of MSc in PEEG also go through rigorous training and research experience to enable them to pursue their studies at PhD level.

The educational objectives (goals) of the M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering program are:

  1. Provide graduates with an outstanding education and the research skills and knowledge required to further their career aspirations;
  2. Provide the regional and global oil and gas industry with a pool of highly educated personnel who can utilize their in-depth knowledge of petroleum engineering to better develop business opportunities;
  3. Advance the technological profile of the UAE and the regional oil and gas sector;
  4. Address the needs of society in a critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.

A student graduating with a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of petroleum engineering concepts.
  2. Apply advanced concepts of petroleum engineering science and mathematics to the formulation and solution of complex problems.
  3. Use advanced techniques to design, simulate, and conduct theoretical and experimental work.
  4. Publish and present effectively research findings in international conferences and peer reviewed journals.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of contemporary issues related to fossil fuels and their role in the energy mix.
  6. Participate in professional organizations and learn from experiences and engage in life-long learning.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The Petroleum Engineering (PE) Master of Science program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of Master’s Thesis work.  A student may organize the selection of the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a general structure of the degree requirements.

Summary of M.Sc. in PE Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Overall structure 

The M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering (PEEG) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of PEEG Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in PEEG degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in PEEG program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in PEEG Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in PEEG must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program core

The M.Sc. in PEEG degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 3 credits of engineering mathematics, 9 credits of PEEG core courses, and the research seminar course which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.

I. Engineering Mathematics (3 credits):

  • ENGR 602 Engineering Numerical Methods

II. PEEG Core courses (9 credits):

Students must select at least three courses from the list below:

  • PEEG 610 Advanced Well Test Analysis
  • PEEG 620 Advanced Drilling Engineering
  • PEEG 630 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
  • PEEG 640 Well Performance Evaluation

III. ENGR 695 Seminar: Research Methods in Engineering (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The list of electives that students can select from includes any core courses not used to meet the PEEG Core requirement above as well as those listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • PEEG 621 Underbalanced Drilling
  • PEEG 623 Well Stimulation
  • PEEG 631 Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
  • PEEG 632 Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • PEEG 641 Well Completions and Workover
  • PEEG 650 Advanced Petroleum Economics
  • PEEG 694 Selected Topics in Petroleum Engineering
  • PEEG Master’s Thesis

 

PEEG Master’s Thesis

 

PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of PEEG, under the direct supervision of the main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the PEEG Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Study plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in PEEG program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • ENGR 602
  • PEEG Core course 1
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Research Methods in Engineering
  • PEEG Core course 2
  • PEEG Core course 3
  • Elective course 2
  • PEEG 699 Master Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis
  • PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • ENGR 602
  • PEEG Core course 1
  • ENGR 695 Research Methods in Engineering
  • PEEG Core course 2
  • PEEG Core course 3
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis
  • PEEG 699 Master’s Thesis