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B. Eng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering with Honours

Offered by: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
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Exam BodyAPU Malaysia Degree
Course Duration4 years
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FeesRM 98,900
FacultySchool of Engineering
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyComputing & IT
Course Description

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.


  • 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

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

  • Industry 4.0
  • 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
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Engineering Mathematics 3

Specialised Modules

  • Strength of Materials
  • Sustainable Development
  • 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.

Common Modules

  • Numerical Methods & Statistic
  • Engineering Project Management

Specialised Modules

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Well Design & Completion
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Gas Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Well Testing
  • Reservoir Simulation

Internship (16 weeks)
Industry placement with a suitable organisation for a minimum period of 12 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.

Common Modules

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

Specialised Modules

  • Field Development Project
  • Field Development Project 1
  • Field Development Project 2
  • Petroleum Economics

Electives (Choose 2)

  • Advanced Well Test Analysis
  • Advanced Drilling Engineering
  • Drilling Hydraulics
  • Advance Well Completion
Entry Requirements
  • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry), and a Credit in Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry) at SPM Level or its equivalent.
  • 2 Passes in A-Level including Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry), and a Credit in Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry) at SPM/O-Level/ IGCSE or its equivalent.
  • 5 Grade B’s in UEC, including Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry).
  • Passed the relevant Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in Mathematics and Physics (or Chemistry) at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.
Intake Months25 Feb 2020 / 28 Apr 2020 / 22 Sep 2020
Career Prospects

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.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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