BEng Petroleum & Gas Engineering

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The course takes students through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application.

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September entry


5 years

Entry requirements

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The course takes students through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application.

Our curriculum is designed to impart knowledge of the application of mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, geophysics and engineering principles for the safe and efficient exploration, development, production, transportation, and management of oil and gas resources. The practical and technical skills you develop through laboratory-based work, and your final year research project prepares you for a research or technical position. Obtaining some work experience, for example, a summer internship in the upstream and or downstream petroleum sector will help to boost your chances of finding a job.


You will study the following modules:

Year 1 Units

First Semester

  • General Chemistry I        
  • Practical Chemistry I    
  • Introduction to Engineering I    
  • Use of English I    
  • People and Culture of Nigeria
  • IT and Library Skills    
  • General Mathematics I
  • General Physics I    
  • Practical Physics I

Second Semester

  • General Chemistry II        
  • Practical Chemistry II    
  • Introduction to Computer Engineering    
  • Use of English II    
  • General mathematics II
  • General Physics II    
  • General Physics III    
  • Practical Physics II

Year 2 Units

First Semester

  • Basic Electrical Engineering I        
  • Measurements and Instrumentation    
  • Computing & Programming for Engineers    
  • Calculus I        
  • Thermodynamics    
  • Engineering Drawing I
  • Applied Mechanics    
  • Entrepreneurship for Engineers I
  • General Engineering Laboratory I

Second Semester

  • Basic Electrical Engineering II
  • Calculus II        
  • Engineering Drawing II
  • Strength of Materials
  • Material Science    
  • Fluid Mechanics    
  • Entrepreneurship for Engineers II    
  • General Engineering Laboratory II    
  • Students Work Experience Program (SWEP) I
  • Moral Reasoning and Ethics
  • Introduction to Petroleum & Gas Engineering II

Year 3 Units

First Semester

  • Engineering Mathematics I        
  • Structural Geology    
  • Basic Petroleum Reservoir Engineering    
  • Fluid Flow Through Porous Medium    
  • Drilling Methods    
  • Separation Process    
  • Petroleum & Gas Engineering Lab I    
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Second Semester

  • Engineering Mathematics II    
  • Technical Communication    
  • Students Work Experience Program (SWEP) II    
  • Petroleum Geology        
  • Formation Evaluation & Geophysical Methods    
  • Transport Phenomena    
  • Introduction to Corrosion of Materials
  • Petroleum & Gas Engineering Lab II        
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering    
  • Petroleum and Gas Production Engineering

Year 4 Units

First Semester

  • Engineering Mathematics III    
  • Probability & Statistics for Engineers    
  • Principles of Plant Design    
  • Pressure Build up and Test Methods    
  • Gas Dynamics        
  • Gas Processing Equipment    
  • Introduction to Well Logging & Interpretation    
  • Petroleum Eng. Lab III

Second Semester

  • Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)

Year 5 Units

First Semester

  • Process Dynamics & Control    
  • Adsorption and Fractionation    
  • Gas Transportation    
  • Refrigeration and Liquefaction
  • Law & Management        
  • Petroleum Reservoir Modeling and Simulation    
  • Petroleum Refining Engineering
  • Research Project I

Second Semester

  • Petroleum Economics        
  • Gas Sweetening & Sulphur Recovery
  • Gas Process Control    
  • Valve and Pipeline Design
  • Gas Process Vessel & Equipment Design    
  • Research Project II

Management is not just a course you learn in class but something that we practice daily

Faiza Maitala, Course Lecturer at Nile University


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:


* Must have at least 5 O’level credits, including English, in no more than 2 sittings.

** For complete requirements, please check the 2019/2020 Jamb Brochure.

  • DIRECT ENTRY: Available
  • UTME SUBJECTS: Literature in English and any two Arts or Social Science subjects
  • O’LEVEL SUBJECTS: Literature in English and any three Arts or Social Science subjects

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials. They will be required to prepare and make presentations, take-home tests and assignments. There will also be written and oral feedbacks from the Professors.

Career support

A Graduate of this Department can take up roles where he/she:

•Determines the most efficient way to drill for and extract oil and natural gas at a particular well or field • Oversees drilling operations and resolves operating problems • Determines how to stimulate an underperforming well • Develops new drilling tools and techniques to find new ways to extract residual oil from older wells • • Uses simulation software to evaluate and forecast a reservoir’s potential as well as give information that enhances management’s decision-making process.

Specific jobs titles related to this degree include Reservoir Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Production Engineer, Geoscientist, Geophysicist, and Petro physicist. P Petroleum & Gas Engineers can be found working in numerous areas of industry. The areas defined as the petroleum and gas industry by the Industry Strategy and Working Group are Refining, Petrochemicals, Energy & Power, and Oil & Gas.

Further Study

  • PDG Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • MEng Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • PHD Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Fees and Finance

In 2019/20 the full-time tuition fee undergraduate students on this course will be N2,400,000 (this is the total fee for the programme).  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance 

Sectoral Advisory Board


The Sectoral Advisory Board (SAB) was formed with the goal of creating a bridge between industry (private/public and national/international institutions) and academics considering the latest requirements of the industry and incorporating necessary components in the curriculum regarding overall development of the department.

Main Objectives of the SAB:

1- Development of 

a) Curriculum of the department 
b) Syllabus of the courses in the department
c) Institutional relationships

2- Increase the potential of

a) Internship
b) Scholarship 
c) Sponsorship

Roles and Responsibilities of the SAB:  
The roles and responsibilities of SAB are as follows:
The SAB develops and recommends new or revised programme goals and objectives.
The Sectoral of "X" Advisory Board advises the department head on matters related to undergraduate, postgraduate, research and outreach programs, including but not limited to curricula, accreditation, new programs, recruitment of students and faculty, and investment of resources. 


Structure of the SAB:

The SAB is composed of members from eminent institutions as well as members from industry and members of faculty of the department. The chairman of the Board is the head of the department.
The Board meets twice per academic year.

Members of the SAB:
The current members of the Sectoral Advisory Board are:





Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli

Nigerian natural resource charter corporation (NNRC)


Mr. Pringle Egbe

Cyphercrescent pegis global service limited


Prof. Ajeinka

University of Port-Hacourt


Dr. Joseph Echendu

Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)


Dr. Saka Matemilola

First E&P


Mr. Michael Ebong

Senoir Reservoir Engineer Frontier oil limited


Ms. Rakiya Sambo

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)


Henry .A. Adigun

Facility for oil sector transparency and reform in Nigeria (FOSTER)


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