Heriot Watt University Petroleum Engineering distance learning

By | 15th June 2017

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Heriot Watt University Petroleum Engineering distance learning

Programme Structure and Content

The structure and content of this programme is almost identical to the full-time Masters programme in Petroleum Engineering. The programme consists of: eight discipline specific courses; a field development project; and a research project.

Drilling Engineering
Petroleum Geoscience
Production Technology
Reservoir Engineering
Reservoir Engineering Well Test Analysis
Reservoir Simulation
Petroleum Economics
Formation Evaluation
Field Development Project
Individual Research Project
The material for the discipline specific courses and the field development project are delivered in distance learning manuals. These manuals include self-assessment exercises and a typical examination paper. All of the numerical exercises, and the sample examination, are accompanied by model answers. The field development project manual contains a set of exploration and appraisal well data which is used by the student to produce a field development plan. This project provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through the discipline specific courses, to be applied to a real field development design problem. It also, along with the research project, provides an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their ability to produce a deep and comprehensive analysis of a specific problem.

It is recommended that you start the program with the following courses:

Drilling Engineering
Petroleum Geoscience
Reservoir Engineering
It is recommended that you complete the above courses before you continue with the following courses:

Reservoir Engineering Well Test Analysis
Reservoir Simulation
Formation Evaluation

and then by:

Petroleum Economics,
Production Technology
The two projects should not be attempted until all of the discipline specific courses are completed:

Field Development Project
Individual Research Project
Discipline Specific Courses

Heriot Watt University Petroleum Engineering distance learning

The content of the discipline specific courses is identical to that of the full-time Masters programme in Petroleum Engineering. The discipline specific courses for the programme are:

Petroleum Geoscience,
Formation Evaluation,
Reservoir Engineering courses
Production Technology
Drilling Engineering,
Petroleum Economics.
Petroleum Geoscience covers the origin, structure and internal geometry of reservoirs. The geological models generated by the Petroleum Geoscientist form the basis for reserve estimation and development planning.
Formation Evaluation covers the measurement and interpretation of rock properties, such as porosity and hydrocarbon saturation, by means of instruments lowered into the well bore.

Reservoir Engineering concerns the physics and chemistry of petroleum fluids and the way in which they flow within a reservoir. A range of analytical techniques are used to model fluid flow and for predicting how the reservoir might behave under various development scenarios This is a very large subject area in Petroleum Engineering and has therefore been split into three distinct courses. The three courses are: Basic Reservoir Engineering; Reservoir Simulation; and Well Test Analysis.

Heriot Watt University Petroleum Engineering distance learning

Production Technology is concerned with the productivity of oil and gas wells. It includes the design, installation and operation of down-hole systems, to optimise the controlled recovery of petroleum fluids to the surface. As in all aspects of petroleum engineering, safety and the ability to respond to changing situations are important considerations.

Drilling Engineering covers the tools and techniques used in the design and safe drilling of exploration and development wells. Drilling Engineering covers a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Petroleum Economics provides an understanding of the financial implications of engineering decisions, which are made in the development of an oil or gas field. These decisions are normally made in an environment of technical and financial uncertainty and the engineer must be able to reconcile these uncertainties when making the essential financial decisions.

Some changes to the syllabus have been made to accommodate continuous assessment exercises which the full-time students are required to undertake.

Field Development Project
Research Project

Programme Duration

The time taken for an individual to complete the programme, or any particular course of the programme, will depend to a great extent on the experience, application and existing knowledge of the individual. It is estimated that the average study time for each discipline specific course of the programme will be 150 hours. The field development project will also take approximately 400 hours. The research project will take approximately 400 hours. Students would be expected to spend 12-15 study hours per week and would therefore be able to complete the programme within about three years. The upper limit on the period of study for the Masters degree is seven years after registration.

Heriot Watt University Petroleum Engineering distance learning

Enrolment Information

Enrolment information for all MSc/PG Dip Petroleum Engineering IDL students

All currently registered IPE distance learning students must enrol in every academic year in order to remain registered on their programme.

What does enrolment involve?

Enrolment involves logging into our online Student Self-Service system to check and update personal details and agree to the University’s terms and conditions.

Enrolment includes the following:

  • Confirmation of personal and statistical information
  • Confirmation of contact details
  • Confirmation of programme details
  • Contact information for enquiries regarding tuition fees
  • Acceptance of University terms and conditions

How to enrol

To enrol online please use Student Self-Service – MyHWU

To log in to the Student Self-Service system you will need your registration number and PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN you can re-set this on the log-in page.

Further advice

If you require further information or assistance or experience problems with enrolling please contact egis-idl-enquiries@hw.ac.uk. Please include your name and Heriot-Watt ID in the subject heading.