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Drilling Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months


Malaysia will need 500 new drilling engineers for the next 5 years to replace retired drilling engineers in oil and gas industry. New projects such as Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) and Risk Sharing Contracts (RSC) for marginal and stranded fields have attracted new entrants like Hibiscus Energy, SONA Petroleum, Dialog Group, Sapura Kencana, Coastal Energy, ROC, etc., which have added the demand for drilling engineers. Taking into account rig and drilling contractors like UMW Oil & Gas, Tanjung Offshore, Perisai Petroleum etc, the demand for drilling engineers is expected to remain high. Current number of drilling engineers in Malaysia is estimated at 1000 based on the number of rigs operating in Malaysia. The ratio of expatriate and local drilling engineer is 1:4. Based on industry survey, training a drilling engineer requires roughly RM 1.2 million over 5 years.

The offering of a Master in Drilling Engineering programme is expected to fast track the development of local drilling engineers to meet the high demand and to heed the nation's call as part of the Economic Transformation Programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Petroleum Geology
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Principles of Well Construction
  • Drilling Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials for Drilling Engineering

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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General Requirements

Candidates must hold a Bachelor Degree in the relevant field OR equivalent from a recognized university.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16488 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24727 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    16488 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24727 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
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