Petroleum Engineering Programme Area (Degree)


Petroleum Engineering is a wide field, starting from exploration that involves general geology, geophysics, drilling, completion, production operations and the study of formation evaluation related to various reservoir engineering types. Now days and before the key success for any petroleum engineering companies, is how to make more money but the topic of safety and care of people and environment is more vital, therefore all the oil and gas companies are so aware of this point. Petroleum Engineers afterwards have challenging opportunities of potential careers either academia or industry. In Brunei, with a degree in petroleum engineering, most probably your career would be oil and gas related. This is becoming an increasingly important growth area within the Brunei economy, in addition petroleum engineering students should find themselves well placed amongst their peers to secure a job upon graduation, even though as UTB still have an ongoing twining programme, (2+2) with UNSW in Australia.



  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Petroleum Engineering



The learning outcomes of the programme are to:

  • Prepare our students for the first two years before they join UNSW
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of understanding of the disciplinary body of knowledge, including established theories and recent developments relevant to the discipline or professional field.
  • Apply disciplinary principles and practices to existing, new or complex environments.
  • Plan and execute both enquiry based and professional projects, undertake a capstone experience and complete numerous pieces of work that involve substantial scholarship.
  • Apply the fundamentals of critical thinking to the existing of new disciplinary
  • Analyse problems or issues, articulate appropriate solutions and justify propositions and/or professional decisions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local and international perspectives relevant to the discipline or professional field, and be able to contextualize and explain any differences between them.


Careers Opportunities

Graduates as petroleum engineers have various options in terms of career opportunities, and are employed in different organizations i.e. either academia or industry. As a result it is so worth to pursue and study petroleum engineering field to enhance Brunei’s economy as the focal or main objective.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants for admission to first degree programmes must satisfy the following minimum entry requirements:-

  • At least a Credit Six in the Malay language at GCE Ordinary Level (applicable only for Bruneians applying for a Government Scholarship).
  • At least a Credit Six in Mathematics at GCE Ordinary Level or its equivalent.
  • At least a Credit Six in English Language at GCE Ordinary Level or an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL minimum overall score 550 or its equivalent.

The following points are used as a basis for the following degree programmes:
UCAS Tariff Points:



Programme Entry Requirements

    • The admission requirements to the Year 1 of the degree programmes in Petroleum Engineering are:A minimum of 240 ‘A’ Level points for 3 ‘A’ level passes; the three ‘A’ level passes must be in Physics, Mathematics (excluding Further Mathematics) and another relevant subject (e.g. Chemistry, Geography, Computer Science) at Grade C or better.


    • An International Baccalaureate score of 28 points preferably with minimum of 5 points in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at standard level or 4 points at higher level.


    • A relevant BTEC/BDTVEC Higher National Diploma or its equivalent with at least 60% of the modules at Merit or higher including all analytical modules such as Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics and Drilling.


  • Relevant work experience and/or qualifications deemed to be equivalent to one of the above to be decided on a case by case basis by the faculty.


Programme's Structure

SemesterModule TitleCredit Value
1Physics I10
Chemistry I10
Introduction to Petroleum Industry10
Communication Skills10
Engineering Materials10
Engineering Mathematics I10
Total =60
2Physics 210
Engineering Mathematics II10
Fundamental of Petroleum Geology10
Technical Communications10
Computing for Engineers I10
Material Strength and Design Innovation10
Total =60
3Numerical Methods10
Petroleum Refining10
Melayu Islam Beraja10
Fluid Mechanics10
Introduction to Petrophysics10
Total =60
4Fundamental of Reservoir Engineering20
Computing for Engineers II10
Process Safety and Environmental Engineering10
Production Geology and Geophysics10
Process Control and Instrumentation10
Total =60


SemesterCodeCourse NameUOC
1MATH1131/ MATH1141Math 1A/ Higher Math 1A6
PHYS1121/ PHYS1131Physics 1A/ Higher Physics 1A6
ENGG1000Engineering Design and Innovation6
 Year 1 Elective (*)6
2MATH1231/ MATH1241Math 1B/ Higher Math 1B6
ENGG1811Computing for Engineers6
MATS1101Eng. Materials and Chemistry**6
 Year 1 Elective (*)6
1CEIC2001Fluid and Particle Mechanics6
PTRL1010Introduction to Petroleum Industry (*)6
PTRL2010Business Practices in Petroleum Industry6
 General Education6
2GEOS3321Fundamental of Petroleum Geology (*)6
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2E6
PTRL2018Introduction to Petrophysics6
PTRL2019Reservoir Engineering A6
1PTRL3001Reservoir Engineering B6
PTRL3003Field Development Geology and Geophysics6
PTRL3015Well Drilling Equioment and Operation6
 Professional Elective6
2PTRL3002Reservoir Charac. and Simulation6
PTRL3022Design for Petroleum Engineers6
PTRL3023Formation Evaluation6
PTRL3025Petroleum Economics6
1PTRL4010Thesis A6
PTRL4012Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery6
PTRL4020Natural Gas Engineering6
 Professional Elective6
2PTRL4011Thesis B6
PTRL4017Well Technology6
PTRL4021Petroleum Production Eng.6
 General Education6


List of Labs

1Geology Laboratory
2Introduction to Petrophysics (ongoing)


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