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Drilling Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #482 (QS) Ipoh, Malaysia
The Drilling Engineering programme in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is unique as it is the only programme of its kind offered in Malaysia. In addition, being affiliated to PETRONAS, UTP has good access to supports of the program such as through adjunct lecture scheme, co- teaching from industrial instructors and also external examiners for individual projects. 
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A Drilling Engineering programme in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS deals with the application of recent advances in drilling technologies and analysis techniques such as well constructions, geomechanics, drilling fluid and cementing, well completion, casing design, hydraulics, project management and economics, well engineering and well intervention in order to understand and optimise the drilling technique with technical knowledge and safety in place.

This programme has industrial based project which exposed to the real data of industries to become competent drilling engineer.

The programme would provide the MSc in Drilling Engineering graduate with enhanced knowledge and skills that meets oil and gas industrial demand in the area of Drilling Engineering, R&D scientific bodies and further studies.

Career Opportunity

Students graduated from this programme will be able to work in Oil and Gas industry such as PETRONAS and other operators and service companies with the job title drilling engineer or mud engineer.

Graduates from this programme will be highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of Drilling Engineering as they will :

  • have hands on experience through an actual rig training.
  • have the latest technology updates and case studies through industry engagement.
  • graduate with level 4 Well Control certification.

Programme Objective

The programme educational objective of the programme is to produce drilling Engineering specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions. The programme also aims to produce industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Well Construction ​
  • Geomechanics ​
  • Drilling Fluids & Cementing ​
  • Casing Design & Tubular ​
  • Hydraulics & Drillstring Design ​
  •  Well Completion ​
  • Well Engineering 
  • Project Management & Economics ​
  • Well Intervention & Workover

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      maximum 36 months

  • Credits
    44 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21630 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    10092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15141 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
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  • National: 70,000 RM
  • International: 100,000 RM


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