[APPLY NOW] Master of Sciences (MSc) In Drilling Engineering by Coursework and Dissertation 

(JPT/BPP (N/544/7/0003)08/19)




Malaysia’s Domestic Oil & Gas Industry is projected to register a 1.59% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase in oil production, according to the EIA. This will lead to an increase in Oil & Gas activities across the board. 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.


The curriculum has been designed with inputs given by members of oil and gas industry such as PETRONAS, Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Weatherford, Baker Hughes and many others Drilling contractors and universities in the world. The programme comprises 14 courses with 12 major engineering courses, 1 management elective course and 1 University requirement for Research Methodology course.


The MSc in Drilling Engineering programme will expose students to a wide range of real work challenges and will enrich students’ learning experiences through case studies. Apart from lectures, the MSc in Drilling Engineering programme offers a variety of learning approaches such as industry subject matter experts, visit to rig setup, industry projects, internship placement, seminar, case studies and research based projects – all of which are targeted to authenticate the classroom learning experiences.





The programme educational objective of the programme is to produce competent drilling engineers who are able to apply their knowledge in the discipline of drilling and well engineering through innovative thinking, initiative, creativity and critical judgment at a level expected by oil and gas industry



The learning outcomes that should be achieved upon graduation for this programme are:

  1. Capable in implementing advanced knowledge and technology in drilling and well engineering design.
  2. Analyze available information and evidence in providing sustainable engineering solution through the application of appropriate models, tools and techniques.
  3. Plan and involve in projects professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  4. Ability to communicate and disseminate information effectively.
  5. Undertake lifelong learning and continuing professional development.




The course is aimed at practicing drilling engineers. It focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and drilling operations management both for onshore and offshore drilling.


The students are required to undertake 44 credits of courses which consist of 14 courses with 12 major engineering courses, 1 management elective course and 1 University requirement for Research Methodology courseThe duration of the MSc in Drilling Engineering programme is recommended to be 18 months (tri-semesters).


Drilling engineers are expected to be able to communicate effectively with people from various disciplines and expertise. The programme is designed to encourage close interaction amongst students and industry practitioners.




Semester Course Name (Module) Total Credit
1 DAM5113 Basic Petroleum Geology

DAM5123 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

DAM5153 Principles of Well Construction

DAM5143 Drilling Technology

DAM5133 Mechanics of Materials for Drilling Engineering

2 DAM5183 Advanced Well Engineering

DAM5173 Subsurface and Subsea Drilling and Production System

DAM5193 Risk Management in Drilling Engineering

DAM5163 Production Technology and Completion Design

SNB5032 Research Methodology

3 DAM5213 Petroleum Economics

DAM5223 Drilling Project Management

SFB5012 Engineering Economy, or

SNB5012 Operations Management, or

SNB5022 Strategic Management

DAM5247 Industrial Based Project & Dissertation




3 Semester (18 Months)







Graduates with an MSc in Drilling Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in R&D and academia.


*Available for January 2018 Intake Only


  • Full Tuition Fees Covered.
  • Monthly Allowance of RM3,000.
  • Book allowance of RM1,000.
  • Computer Grant up to RM3,500.
  • Thesis Allowance up to RM2,000.


  • Malaysian Citizen.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.50.
  • Candidates with Petroleum Engineering background are preferred.

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For further information, contact:
Programme Manager

Dr Syahrir Ridha
Petroleum Engineering Department
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
32610 Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Direct Line Call: +605-368 7108
Fax: +605- 365 5670
Email: syahrir.ridha@utp.edu.my

For admission, contact:

M Shahrul Nizam B Shah Kobat
Admission Unit, Registry Office
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
32610 Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Tel: +605 – 368 8403
Fax: +605 – 365 4082
Email: shahrulnizam_shahkobat@utp.edu.my