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Study petroleum engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying petroleum engineering as an international student.

Petroleum engineering degrees abroad

Petroleum engineering describes the extraction of oil and gas from below the Earth’s crust. As the global demand for energy supplies continues to grow, it's the responsibility of petroleum engineers to meet this need in a safe and sustainable manner.

You’ll develop a strong grasp of the entire extraction process, from exploration and drilling to recovery and transportation. You’ll learn how to harness energy in the most efficient ways, and consider how the negative environmental effects of mining could be reduced.

Due to the uneven distribution of petroleum reserves around the world, lots of jobs in the sector are based overseas. Studying abroad is the perfect way to demonstrate your ability to work with people from different cultures to future employers.

Petroleum engineering program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in petroleum engineering are offered as three or four-year BEng programs. The length of your program will depend on where you study and whether you complete an industrial placement as part of your course.

Spending a year in industry is a worthwhile experience that could give you the upper hand when it comes to applying for graduate jobs. You’ll put what you’ve learned into practice and build professional connections.

Those looking to seamlessly transition from an undergraduate to a postgraduate course might consider enrolling in a four-year integrated MEng program. Otherwise, you can take a master’s degree separately over one or two years.

If you’re hoping to contribute to cutting-edge research in the sector, a PhD might be for you. Doctorate level degrees generally add a further four to six years on top of your studies.

Petroleum engineering programs combine theoretical lectures, seminars, and tutorials with practical laboratories, group workshops, and field trips. Below are some of the core units you can look forward to studying as part of your degree:

  • Petroleum fundamentals and chemistry
  • Petroleum geology
  • Reservoir behavior
  • Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Mathematics for engineering
  • Fundamentals of engineering materials
  • Fundamentals of engineering mechanics
  • Mass and energy balances

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Petroleum engineering study abroad programs

Petroleum engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in petroleum engineering

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    Energy, Oil and Gas Management - BSc University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,120 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Oil and Gas Engineering - BEng Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 USD

    Start date
    October
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    Oil and Gas Engineering - BEng North-Caucasus Federal University, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Oil and Gas Management - BEng (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,800 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Petroleum Engineering - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Diploma in petroleum engineering

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    Oil and Gas Field Operations - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    3,427 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,306 CAD

    Start date
    February, September
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Petroleum engineering graduate programs

Master's in petroleum engineering

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    Business Administration: Oil, Gas and Energy Management - MBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,158 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Mechanics and Mathematical Modeling for Oil and Gas Industry - MSc Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,600 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Petroleum Engineering (Advanced Practice) - MSc Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,311 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Petroleum and Gas Engineering - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,197 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Petroleum Engineering - MSc London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,945 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in petroleum engineering

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    Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,297 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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Future petroleum engineering careers

As a petroleum engineering graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to spark up a lucrative career in the energy sector and beyond.

With people and businesses around the world depending on the supply of petroleum for their daily activities, your degree will open up several international career paths. Here are some of the job prospects you could explore:

  • Petroleum engineer
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Production technologist
  • Environmental advisor
  • Field engineer

If you’re hoping to get a headstart in the graduate job market, it’s important to look for relevant work experience opportunities. Speak to your university’s career service about the benefits of internships and how best to secure one.