Introduction

There are two graduate degree programmes offered by the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering programme area.

The MSc by Research and PhD are conducted via supervised research.

Graduate Degrees by Research

The Master of Science by Research and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes are research-based, where the students conduct an advanced and original academic research project in a specialised area of petroleum and chemical engineering under the supervision of suitably qualified and experienced academic staff members.

Therefore, it is important for the candidates to enter the programmes with the required qualifications in their chosen area of work. Over the supervised period of research, the students will gain the experience, knowledge and skills associated with conducting significant research work in petroleum and chemical engineering. The programmes will also equip the students with highly-specialised analytical, problem-solving and transferable skills that will enable them to subsequently embark onto a successful career as academics, researchers or practitioners in petroleum and chemical engineering or other related professions.

Areas of Research

The programme area has the expertise to supervise research students in most of the fundamental areas of chemical engineering, in particular in the field of Biotechnology, Water, Drilling, Process Safety, Energy, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Polymer Technology,  Geology and Geostatistics. The main research groups, research interests and the academic staff involved are summarised below:

No.

Research Group

Research Interests

Academic Staff

1

Biotechnology

  • Biotechnology
  • Biosynthesis

Dr Khairunnisa Nabilah Binti Hj Ruslan

Email:nabilah.ruslan@utb.edu.bn

2

Water Research

  • Process control
  • Process modelling and Simulation
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Water Management

Dr Rama Rao Karri

Email: karri.rao@utb.edu.bn

3

Drilling Engineering

  • Drilling and Production Optimization

Dr Bashir Suleman Abusahmin

Email: bashir.abusahmin@utb.edu.bn

4

Process Safety and Loss Prevention

  • Process Safety

Dr Mohammad Hazwan Azri

Programme Leader of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering

Email: hazwan.azri@utb.edu.bn

5

Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Multiphase flow
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Process Modeling

Dr Nurul Hasan

Email:nurul.hasan@utb.edu.bn

6

Material Engineering

  • Polymers
  • Nanotechnology
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery

Dr Maziyar Sabet

Email: maziyar.sabet@utb.edu.bn

7

Renewable Energy

  • Separation Process
  • Chemical Process Simulation
  • Waste to Energy

Dr Reddy Prasad

Email: dmr.prasad@utb.edu.bn

8

Geology

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomechanics
  • Petrophysics and artificial intelligence
  • Unconventional oil and gas reservoirs

Prof Dr Morteza Jami

Email: morteza.jami@utb.edu.bn

9

Geostatistics

·        Geostatistics

·        Reservoir modelling

·        Uncertainty modelling

Chair Prof Dr Stephen Tyson

Email: stephen.tyson@utb.edu.bn

 

Minimum Entry Requirements

For Master’s Degree by Research:

Students must satisfy the following minimum general entry requirements:

  • At least a lower second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    AND

  • At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O-level or a valid IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The IELTS or TOEFL is to be taken within 2 years of the start date of the programme. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

In addition to the general requirements above, specific programme entry requirements below must also be satisfied:

  • Hold a second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline, which is recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    AND

  • Submit a satisfactory research proposal as determined by the postgraduate admission committee of the programme area.

Mature applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent recognised by the Senate of UTB, at least 3 years of relevant working experience, pass an interview and/or entry test, and fulfil the same English language proficiency criteria above.

Candidates with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note that a candidate will only be offered a place if the programme area is able to provide adequate supervision and facilities in the candidate’s chosen area of research. Prospective students are encouraged to enquire with the relevant academic staff above.

For Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree:

Students must satisfy the following minimum general entry requirements:

  • A graduate Master’s degree recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    OR

  • An upper second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    AND

  • At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O-level or a valid IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The IELTS or TOEFL is to be taken within 2 years of the start date of the programme. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

In addition to the general requirements above, specific programme entry requirements below must also be satisfied:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline, which is recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    OR

  • Hold an upper second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline, which is recognised by the Senate of UTB.


    AND

  • Submit a satisfactory research proposal as determined by the postgraduate admission committee of the programme area.

Mature applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent recognised by the Senate of UTB, at least five years of relevant working experience, pass an interview, and fulfil the same English language proficiency criteria above.

Note that a candidate will only be offered a place if the programme area is able to provide adequate supervision and facilities in the candidate’s chosen area of research. Prospective students are encouraged to enquire with the relevant academic staff above.

For further enquiries on the MSc by Research or PhD research programmes, please contact the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Programme Area Graduate Studies and Research Coordinator

Disclaimer: Universiti Teknologi Brunei reserves the right to make any changes any time without prior notice.

 

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