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Well and Production Engineering



Course format Online
Date 2020-09-28 - 2020-12-21
Cost £925

Gain the focused expertise you need to forge ahead with your career as an oil and gas engineer.

Explore engineering science and the principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas wells. Learn about the essential production technologies and design methodologies.

Train in the vital safety and risk aspects of well and production engineering, including environmental impact.

Study part-time and learn flexibly online with a top 7 UK university for Civil Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

This online short course is part of our MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc in Petroleum Engineering. The credits you earn on this course can be used towards these Masters qualifications.

What will I study?

Well Engineering

This first part of the course gives you an overview of a rotary drilling system and associated drilling components. You’ll look at types, selection and characteristics of drilling fluids, and analyse the flow of drilling fluids during the drilling process. You’ll also examine:

  • strategies for the selection and design of casings
  • cementing methodologies
  • design and configuration of completion systems, with an emphasis on safety implications
  • the challenges of directional and horizontal drilling methods and associated technologies.

Production Engineering

The second part of your course introduces you to:

  • wellbore fluid flow with a view to production of resources
  • completion components and methods
  • factors that inhibit oil and gas production
  • practical approaches to production enhancement
  • computer modelling of oil and gas production.

A range of industry-relevant case studies will be used to support your learning.


Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. For this course, you’d usually have at least a UK-equivalent:

  • 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics
  • 2:2 (lower-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training
  • or a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Geology, Chemistry or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.


ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Scientific modelling
Machinery and operators
Oil, gas and mineral resources
Near- and offshore constructions