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B. Eng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering


4 Years (8 Semesters)

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APU, Malaysia


​13 Nov 2018

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  • Petroleum Engineering is a unique programme that combines petroleum, gas and exploration engineering to cater for the ever-demanding oil and gas industry. Our programme prepares individuals to apply engineering principles to the design, development and operation of systems for locating, extracting, processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas, including mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems, and related environmental and safety systems. Students’ understanding on theoretical component is further enhanced with hands on sessions in our laboratory and we also prepare students with psychomotor skills, critical thinking skills and good communication skills.
  • Careers span the range of fields which are normally covered by mechanical and industrial engineering. Roles of a Petroleum Engineer includes developing skills in examining geologic and engineering data to determine sources of crude oil and gas, examining the quality and quantity of the product, separation of crude oil into different elements, etc.

Admission Requirements:

  • Pass STPM with at least principal / full pass / grade C (CGPA 2.0) in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry and pass SPM with credit in Mathematics and one of the relevant Science subjects - Physics / Chemistry / Technical / Vocational; OR
  • Pass 'A' Levels with at least a Grade "D" in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry and pass 'O' Levels / GCSE or equivalent with Grade C in Mathematics and one of the science subjects - Physics or Chemistry; OR
  • Pass UEC or Senior Middle Three (SM3) with Grade B in five (5) subjects including Mathematics and one of the relevant Science subjects - Physics or Chemistry and a pass in Bahasa Malaysia; OR
  • Pass the APU Foundation or equivalent; OR
  • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.
  • Students must possess a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS or 550 in TOEFL to join this programme.


  • Be a practicing engineer contributing to the development of Petroleum Engineering while demonstrating professionalism.
  • Pursue engineering innovation via career advancement opportunities and/or advanced studies in Petroleum Engineering.

Petroleum engineers travel to where petroleum reservoirs are known to exist. They define and develop the reservoirs, and produce oil and gas with maximum profitable recovery. Petroleum engineering allows one to specialize in several different oil & gas specialties, each with its own unique challenges and
rewards. The careers and job activity areas are as a:

  • Drilling engineer, working with geologists and contractors in designing and supervising drilling operations.
  • Production engineer, developing processes and equipment to optimize oil and gas production.
  • Reservoir engineer and help determine ideal recovery processes, estimate the number of wells that can be economically drilled, and simulate future performance using sophisticated computer models.
  • Manager, an entrepreneur, economist, or environmental/safety specialist.


The students, upon completion of their study, should attain the following outcomes:

  • Ability to gain and apply principles of Mathematics, Science and Engineering to the solutions of complex engineering problems
  • Ability to undertake complex engineering problem identification and apply engineering principles to solve them
  • Ability to select and use suitable tools and techniques for complex engineering problems
  • Ability to investigate complex engineering problems using research techniques.
  • Ability to design innovative solutions for complex engineering problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally on complex engineering activities
  • Ability to comprehend and demonstrate good practices of engineering in sustainable development and environmental considerations for the solutions of complex engineering problems 
  • Ability to engage in professional engineering practice for safety, health, social, cultural and legal responsibilities in developing solutions for complex engineering problems
  • Ability to execute the responsibilities of an Engineer professionally and ethically.
  • Ability to function effectively as a team leader or a member in a team within a multi-disciplinary settings
  • Ability to recognize the need for, and be able to engage in independent and life-long learning towards continuous professional development
  • Ability to demonstrate entrepreneurship skills, engineering project management and economic decision making in multidisciplinary environments

The Industry-Academia partnership at APU has been further enhanced with Petroleum Experts Limited, UK (PETEX) and Rock Flow Dynamics Ltd., USA (RFD) having provided industrial software for student learning and research purposes. APU students now have the hands-on practical experiences through petroleum engineering related software tools which also is being applied in their Field Development Project (FDP) and Final Year Project (FYP) works. APU is one of the first universities in Malaysia to provide students with a combination of Integrated Production Modelling (IPM) and Reservoir Engineering Simulation (tNav) modern industrial tools. These now are also a strong additions to the Computer Modelling Group (CMG) software which is used for reservoir modelling and enhanced oil recovery studies. The software applications are part of the infusion on technology on to the Petroleum Engineering programme at APU.

Year 1

These modules provide an appropriate platform for a practicing engineer to understand the basic principles of engineering in the areas of Fundamental of Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Geology, Engineering Materials, Engineering Statics and Dynamics and Engineering Design.

In addition, a thorough grounding in principles of IT and management are provided by the C Programming for Engineers and Management modules. Modules such as Engineering Mathematics and Introduction to Management provide the basic academic skills required to meet the demands of employers. Important and relevant skills for managing activities and for your own independent learning are also introduced.

Common Modules

  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Statics and Dynamics
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Introduction to C programming
  • Introduction to Management

Specialised Modules

  • Fundamental of Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology

In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

Year 2

Here, you start specialising in modules that develop the necessary underlying knowledge and skills in Petroleum Engineering. Further, in-depth Electronic and Mechanical skills are developed here with modules such as Introduction to Electrical System, Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamic & Heat Transfer. Engineering Mathematics is provided for the better understanding of the engineering modules. Specialize Petroleum Engineering modules such as Element of reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties, Formation Evaluation & Well Logging, Reservoir Engineering and Safety in Oil & Gas Engineering are introduced to develop skills necessary for Petroleum engineers. Independent learning continues in all modules.

Common Modules

  • Introduction to Electrical System
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics 3

Specialised Modules

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamic & Heat Transfer
  • Element of reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties
  • Formation Evaluation & Well Logging
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Safety in Oil & Gas Engineering

Year 3

Specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Drilling Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, Well Design & Completion, Sustainable Development, Production Engineering, Well Testing, Reservoir Simulation and Numerical Methods & Statistic are a critical focus of this level. There is further development of the ability to apply relevant engineering skills with strong critical thinking and analysis. Independent learning continues in all modules. 

Within the Production Engineering, Reservoir Engineering 2 and Well Design & Completion modules, students have the opportunity to be exposed to the "Prosper", "MBAL", "GAP" and "GAP TRANSIENT" software products developed by Petroleum Experts Limited, whereas the Reservoir Simulation module covers the use of the tNavigator software by Rock Flow Dynamics Inc., to ensure that students familarize with the application of petroleum engineering tools and software that are widely used within the industry.

Common Modules

  • Numerical Methods & Statistic

Specialised Modules

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering 2
  • Well Design & Completion
  • Sustainable Development
  • Production Engineering
  • Well Testing
  • Reservoir Simulation

Industry placement with a suitable organisation for a minimum period of 16 weeks, after completing Year 3 and before the commencement of Year 4.

Year 4

The final year Petroleum Engineering modules provide the necessary industry application technological skills which will become very useful for employment upon graduation. These modules include, Field Development Project, Advance Drilling Engineering and Advance Well Testing for off shore and Gas Engineering and Enhanced Oil Recovery for on shore. Your personal and professional development is enhanced by the module in Engineering Project Management and Engineers in Society. You will enhance your technical capability and understand how to innovate, generate and manage the creation of new ideas.

The Investigation module (Project Phase I) and Implementation module (Project Phase II) develops the academic and practical aspects of your chosen areas of study and reinforces your independent learning skills. This is where you will demonstrate higher level critical thinking, analysis and solutions development skills which will enhance your employability.

Within the Gas Engineering modules and some projects, students have the opportunity to be exposed to the "GAP", "GAP TRANSIENT" and "REVEAL" software products developed by Petroleum Experts Limited, whereas the Enhanced Oil Recovery module covers the use of the tNavigator software by Rock Flow Dynamics Inc., to ensure that students familarize with the application of petroleum engineering tools and software that are widely used within the industry. 

Common Modules

  • Engineering Project Management
  • Engineers in Society
  • Project Phase 1 (Investigation)
  • Project Phase II (Implementation)

Specialised Modules

  • Field Development Project


  • Option 1 - Electives
    • Advance Drilling Engineering
    • Advance Well Completion
  • Option 2 - Electives
    • Gas Engineering
    • Enhanced Oil Recovery


Petroleum Engineering is the bridge connecting to the Oil & Gas Industry where engineers have a high level of technical expertise and skill, which they use to plan, design, set up, modify, optimise and monitor the processes in the Oil and Gas industry. Petroleum Engineers are analytical engineers and creative thinkers in solving complex problems. They can practice on their own initiative but also contribute as a team member working with engineers from various disciplines. Responsibilities of a Petroleum engineer include the following:

  • Examining geologic and engineering data
  • To determine sources of crude oil and gas,
  • Examining the quality and quantity of the product,
  • Separation of crude oil into different elements,

Typical occupations include working as a drilling engineer, reservoir engineer, production engineer, process engineers or equipment engineer to optimize oil and gas production, Potential employers are oil companies like Petronas, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Murphy Oil, Talisman, Petrofac, Newfield, Hess, Nippon Oil, and oil service companies like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, M-I Swaco, UMW Drilling, ScomiOiltools, Dimension Bid, Geowell and Eastern Energy.

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 22,800

Year 2: RM 23,600

Year 3: RM 24,000

Year 4: RM 24,600

Total: RM 95,000

Year 1: RM 26,700 (USD 6.940)

Year 2: RM 28,200 (USD 7,330)

Year 3: RM 28,500 (USD 7,410)

Year 4: RM 28,900 (USD 7,510)

Total: RM 112,300 (USD 29,190)

Fees stated above do not include Enrolment Fees, Registration Fees and other Miscellaneous Fees.

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