- Course: Petroleum Engineering MEng
- Nationality: Russian
Why did you decide to study MEng, BEng Petroleum Engineering at the University of Leeds?
Being strong in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at high school, I decided to study an engineering degree at university. Specifically, I chose to study Petroleum Engineering because of its uniqueness among other engineering courses allowing directly to be involved with the Oil and Gas sector after graduation. I chose the University of Leeds because of its high academic reputation and I was fortunate to receive an offer from them.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
Petroleum Engineering at Leeds is unique because it covers both upstream and downstream activities of the Oil and Gas sector in its modules both from the School of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the School of the Earth and Environment. It gives you an opportunity to obtain broad knowledge of the subject with a high level of numeracy and transferable skills to be applied in a particular area of specialization in the future.
Moreover, as you progress through the course, the subjects become more specialized, providing an opportunity to study degree related subjects such as Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulations, which give in-depth representation to what you can do in the industry.
Furthermore, the relatively small group of around 30 Petroleum Engineering students brings quite unique and comfortable atmosphere to your studies. There is also a SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) student chapter which organize different events and industry visits.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
So far I have had 2 main projects, both of which were group work. In my 1st year we were asked to provide a general design of a chemical plant. In my 2nd year, we designed a refinery alkylation unit aimed to produce octane. This project involved us using both research and calculations which we had studied during the course. This gave us an opportunity to directly apply knowledge of subjects studied during the course as well as to better understand engineering approaches and the technical issues faced during engineering designs.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds has a wide variety of things to offer. There are many different clubs, societies and places where you can do sports, so that everybody can find his/her favourite extra-curricular activity. Moreover, Leeds can offer variety of festivals taking place each year, nightlife and shopping as well as easy opportunity to travel to different cities in the UK and across Europe because of its location and its availability of an airport.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambitions for the future are to join the Oil and Gas sector in the European Union, Russia or North America in one of the areas associated with exploration, drilling, production or processing of hydrocarbons. The Petroleum Engineering course at the University of Leeds equipped me with skills and knowledge for all of these disciplines.
What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
The course at Leeds requires you to learn such skills as both self-studying and research as well as being able to work in a group which would be crucial for my future career. Moreover, I was fortunate to acquire leadership, management and team working skills acting as a group leader in both projects i have undertaken so far. In addition, being an EU student and studying far from home with people of different cultures has equipped me with more confidence and developed me as a person, which will only benefit me in the future.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
If you want to pursue a career in the Oil and Gas sector, then this course is for you. However, be prepared for hard work and commitment because this course is challenging. Hopefully, by the time you graduate, you will be a high standard candidate to be considered by oil and gas companies around the world.