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Bachelor Of Petroleum Engineering With Honours

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 4 Years
  Tution Fees N/A

The Petroleum Engineering degree programme at UCSI University is designed to equip students with a solid foundation and knowledge of oil and gas exploration, production and development.

The programme encompasses a well-balanced curriculum that focuses on both upstream and downstream industries. It covers a wide range of courses that include but are not limited to mathematics, basic sciences, computing, introductory engineering, geology and petrophysics, drilling engineering, reservoir engineering, production engineering, economic and project management, as well as humanities and social sciences. Special features of the programme include:

  • Commercial reservoir simulation software used for teaching and learning;
  • Reservoir engineering including elements in rocks and fluid properties, enhanced oil recovery and natural gas engineering;
  • Oil and gas production operations including well completion, well diagnosis and treatments;
  • Field trips;
  • Laboratories to study drilling, rocks and fluid properties;
  • Field development project; and
  • Final Year research and development project.

In this programme, students are also required to undergo industrial training under UCSI University’s Co-operative Placement (Co-op) Programme at the end of their 2nd and 3rd academic years. The Co-op programme aims to provide an avenue for students to gain exposure to professional practices in an actual working environment as well as develop the necessary soft skills.


All of UCSI University’s engineering degree programmes comply with the latest requirements for accreditation by the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council, which fulfils the international requirements drafted in the Washington Accord.

Professional Recognition


Board of Engineers Malaysia

Board of Engineers Malaysia


The structure of the Petroleum Engineering curriculum is developed to provide both breadth and depth across the range of Petroleum Engineering specialisations in order to produce competent graduates. The teaching and learning approaches vary according to the nature of course or topic being delivered. The programme employs a range of teaching methods to ensure the successful achievement of the learning outcomes of its programmes that include:

  • Lecture delivery
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Industrial experience / Co-Operative placement
  • Field development
  • Final year projects
  • Seminar/site visits
Entry Requirement


Academic Requirements


Minimum 2Cs including Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject



Minimum 2Ds including Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject



Minimum 5Bs including Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject



Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects, inclusive of a minimum score of 60% in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject


Local Matriculation

Minimum CGPA 2.0


Foundation from other University/ College

Minimum CGPA 2.0



A maximum aggregate of 15 points out of best 5 subjects, inclusive of minimum B in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject


Diploma/ Advance Diploma/ Degree/ equivalent

Minimum CGPA 2.0

  • Subject to Faculty discretion after reviewing transcript and syllabus. Max credit transfer of 30% of the programme total credits


Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Minimum overall average of 60%, inclusive of minimum 60% in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject


International Baccalaureate

Minimum 26/42 points from 6 subjects (inclusive Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject)



Minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects, inclusive of minimum scores of 60% in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject



Minimum overall average of 60%, inclusive of a minimum score of 60% in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject



Minimum overall average of 60%, inclusive of minimum 60% in Mathematics and one relevant Physical Science subject


Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'

STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
'A' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum grade of B+ in SPM English language; or minimum grade of C in SPM English language 1119/O-Level English/IGCSE; or minimum grade of A2 in UEC English language; or minimum Band 3 of MUET.

In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.

For International Students
English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum Band 3 of MUET; or minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS; or minimum score of 42 in TOEFL iBT; or minimum score of 47 in Pearson Test of English; or minimum score of 154 in Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests.

International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test.

Career Opportunities

In terms of responsibilities, graduates from the Petroleum Engineering course can conduct studies for the exploration, development and extraction of oil and gas deposits as well as; plan, design, develop and supervise projects for the drilling, testing, re-working and completion of oil and gas wells. A graduate of this programme will find career opportunities as one of the following:

  • Drilling Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Operation Engineer
  • Project Development Engineer
  • Mud Engineer
  • Well Completion Engineer
  • Cost Engineer
  • Workover Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Offshore Engineer
  • Simulation Engineer
  • Health and Safety Engineer
Courses Offered

Year 1

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Material Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers I
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers II
  • Statistics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Design and Drawing
  • Material Engineering Laboratory

Year 2

  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Physical Geology
  • Thermodynamics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Elements of Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties
  • Thermofluid Laboratory
  • Numerical Analysis Laboratory
  • Petrophysics Laboratory
  • Industrial Training I

Year 3

  • Engineers in Society
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering I
  • Reservoir Engineering II
  • Oil and Gas Production Operations
  • Well Completion
  • Engineering Management and Economics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering Laboratory
  • Petroleum Geology Laboratory
  • Fieldwork
  • Industrial Training II

Year 4

  • Final Year Project A
  • Final Year Project B
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Natural Gas Engineering
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Field Development Project I
  • Field Development Project II
  • Petroleum Economy
  • Well Diagnosis and Treatment

Elective courses (select one specialisation only) 

Specialisation 1: Reservoir Simulation and Management
Advanced Reservoir Simulation
Reservoir Management

Specialisation 2: Petroleum Refining and Downstream Processes
Petroleum Refining Engineering
Petrochemical Manufacturing Processes

Specialisation 3: Oil Field Operation
Advanced Drilling Engineering
Production System Planning

General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.


– For Malaysian students:

  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation

– For foreign students:

  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3


– Technical Communication


– Malaysian Experiential Tourism


– Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 3

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