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Petroleum Systems Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

University of Regina's graduate degrees in petroleum systems engineering offers opportunities that include:

  • Visiting an Aquistore project where CO2 is stored underground and monitored.
  • Meeting with Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PRTC) program representatives.
  • Testing CO2 capture at a demonstration facility.
  • Taking courses like advanced reservoir fluid analysis and geostatistics.

Prepare to take your petroleum systems engineering career to the next level. Petroleum engineering courses at the U of R focus on conducting research in leading areas of investigation including:

  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Reservoir modeling and simulation
  • Heavy oil recovery through SAGD and VAPEX processes
  • Miscible and Immiscible displacement
  • Fluid-rock interactions
  • Underground storage of carbon dioxide
  • Interfacial interactions in EOR processes
  • Naturally fractured reservoir characterization
  • Nano and hybrid composites

Complete the master of petroleum system engineering degree in flexible program formats:

  • Master of Applied Science – Thesis (30 credit hours) – Focus on petroleum systems engineering research. The degree ends with a thesis.
  • Master of Applied Science – Co-op (38 credit hours)
  • Master of Engineering – Project (30 credit hours) – Combine your academic knowledge with professional experience through a petroleum engineering project.
  • Master of Engineering – Co-op (38 credit hours)

Enhance your U of R petroleum engineering program courses through our Co-operative Education & Internships Program. Many master of petroleum engineering students complete an internship through the PTRC HORNET program, with funding provided through Mitacs.

We also offer the following doctoral programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Petroleum Systems Engineering (60 credit hours) (after Master's degree)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Petroleum Systems Engineering (63 credit hours) (after MEng degree)

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Applied Science (Thesis) in Petroleum Systems Engineering Master of Applied Science (Co-op) in Petroleum Systems Engineering Master of Engineering (Project) in Petroleum Systems Engineering Master of Engineering (Co-op) in Petroleum Systems Engineering Doctorate in Petroleum Systems Engineering (after Master's) Doctorate in Petroleum Systems Engineering (after UofR MEng)
Length: Master Applied Science (Thesis): 2 years Master of Applied Science (Co-op): 2 years, 8 months Master of Engineering (Project): 2 years Master of Engineering (Co-op): 2 years, 8 months Doctorate: 4 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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What is a Petroleum Systems Engineer?

Petroleum systems engineers develop and research new techniques for oil recovery, reservoir management and CO2 sequestering. Advanced petroleum engineering jobs include:

  • Exploration engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Field engineer
  • Research engineer
  • Simulation engineer
  • Oil & gas business analyst
  • Business development engineer

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Why Study Petroleum Systems Engineering at the University of Regina?

The graduate degrees in petroleum engineering focuses heavily on research and hands-on opportunities, including presentations and field trips. These experiences will advance your petroleum engineering career. Attend the International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre Summer School activities, including training for an entire week by CCS experts from around the world. Find yourself at a Mitacs intern project presentation competition.

U of R’s petroleum systems engineering is one of the main research providers to the world's largest Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage project. We collaborate closely with the Petroleum Technology Research Centre — as well as other research centres — locally and around the world. Easily make connections with these bodies as you decide what to study and research.

Use equipment such as:

  • High temperature high pressure DBR PVT cell;
  • Axisymmetirc drop shape analysis apparatus/Spinning drop interfacial tension apparatus
  • Rising-bubble apparatus (commercial scale)
  • Combustion tube
  • Kinetic reactor
  • Large scale 3D sandpack
  • High speed Beckman Coulter Centrifuge Avanti J30I
  • Commercial scale live oil recombination cell
  • Gas chromatography/HPLC/FTIR/UV-VIS
  • Sandpack and core flooding apparatus
  • High resolution microscopy
  • Micromodel etching system

Gain engineering project management and problem-solving skills in courses like advanced enhanced oil recovery, which covers the study of displacement of fluids within a reservoir, chemical flooding and steam assisted gravity drainage. Receive invaluable background knowledge in advanced gas reservoir engineering, where you'll explore advanced treatment of water influx in gas reservoirs.

Other cutting-edge petroleum systems engineering courses include:

  • Surface thermodynamics
  • Petroleum geomechanics
  • Fluid flow in porous media

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Petroleum engineering graduate students have access to graduate teaching assistantships and other teaching assistantships.

You could also be eligible for these awards and scholarships:

  • Edgar A. Wahn Scholarship
  • J.D. Mollard Graduate Award
  • Esam Hussein Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Scholarship for Excellence
  • Harald Liebe Graduate Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme Climate Change Graduate Travel Scholarship
  • Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) 10th Anniversary Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Regina Engineering Society Scholarship
  • Sampson J. Goodfellow Scholarship
  • SaskPower Graduate Scholarship
  • Saskatchewan Innovation and Excellence Graduate Scholarship
  • The Miklos F. Barabas, P.Eng. Graduate Scholarship
  • National Scholarships (Tri-Council Funding)
  • Faculty Sponsorship
  • Thesis Student Scholarships
  • STEM Women Scholarship
  • GSB Funding 
Find additional scholarship opportunities on the Graduate Scholarships and Awards site.


What petroleum systems engineering networking opportunities does U of R offer?

Customize your petroleum systems engineering graduate experience and connect with your classmates. These organizations and active student groups maintain a vibrant a presence at U of R:

Petroleum Systems Engineering Concepts and Goals

Use advanced petroleum engineering concepts in U of R's master of petroleum systems engineering graduate programs to prepare for the next level of your petroleum industry career.


Gain petroleum systems knowledge through advanced petroleum engineering courses like multiscale methods for material design.


Use cutting-edge petroleum engineering lab equipment, and take site visits to places like a demonstration-scale test facility to evaluate CO2 captured directly from a coal-fired power generating facility.


Write a thesis, complete an important petroleum systems engineering project or complete an internship through the PTRC HORNET program. Perform in-depth engineering research and gain on-the-job experience no matter which path you take.

What Can You Do With a Petroleum Systems Engineering Graduate Degree?

University of Regina's petroleum engineering graduate students advance their careers at organizations such as:

  • ExxonMobil
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Shell
  • Imperial Oil
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)
  • Crescent Point
  • SaskEnergy
  • Suncor Energy
  • Husky Energy
  • Schlumberger
  • Halliburton
  • Baker Hughes
Petroleum engineers earn the highest average salary among all engineering disciplines, according to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
  • Petroleum systems engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Engineering manager
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