School of Engineering

Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

30 credits


GCH653Drilling Engineering
3 credits
This course presents the basics of drilling operations. Students will learn to visualize what is taking place down hole. They will go through all drilling steps and techniques and will understand how upstream services interact with the overall drilling process.
GCH659Formation Evaluation
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH631 and GCH658 and GCH670
This course provides students with working knowledge in the field of well logging and formation evaluation. Students will learn and understand logging methodologies and the principles and physics of tools used in acquiring various types of logs. The course will also cover fundamental techniques of well log processing, analysis and petrophysical evaluations.
GCH631Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
2 credits
This course will introduce the topic of Petroleum Engineering while addressing a number of its sub disciplines mainly petroleum geosciences. Students will also learn about the complete oilfield life cycle and will understand the main health, safety and environmental impacts and concerns associated with the oil & gas activities.
GCH658Petroleum Geology
2 credits
This course aims at providing students with general knowledge in Geology and will emphasis on earth processes pertaining to and affecting the petroleum systems. The course shall cover also reserves estimation, classification and geological modeling.
GCH670Petroleum Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH558
This course encompasses laboratory experiments for testing and identifying minerals and rocks in hand samples and under the microscope. The course involves also testing of the petrophysical properties of the rocks such as porosity, absolute and relative permeability, fluid saturations and viscosities.
GCH661Petroleum Law and Economics
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH631
The course provides knowledge of legal aspects of petroleum exploration and exploitation both internationally and in Lebanon. It focuses on regulation of so called upstream petroleum activities and covers the most common contractual and concessionary models in use internationally for exploration and exploitation of petroleum. In addition to Law, the courses tackles petroleum economics and risk analysis and helps understand the theories and methods used to value oil and gas projects.
GCH654Production Technology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH659 and GCH660 and GCH657
This course covers three topics: reservoir production concepts (drive mechanisms, material balance equation, production technology); well performance; and production analysis (production analysis theory, practical exercises on the Topaze Module of Ecrin Software).
GCH660Reservoir Engineering
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH631 and GCH658
This course will cover the basics of reservoir engineering by tackling the principle rock and fluid characteristics. Determination of reserves and the optimization of hydrocarbon recovery under primary, secondary, and tertiary schemes will be covered.
GCH655Reservoir Simulation
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH659 and GCH660 and GCH657
This course covers the topic of reservoir simulation. It teaches students how to build a static and dynamic reservoir model. Bases of reservoir engineering are reviewed and students will be taught how to set up a conceptual model, create various types of grids, input petrophysical parameters and run a numerical model.
GCH657Well Testing
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH631 and GCH658
The course also covers the application of well test (Pressure Transient Analysis) theory to the solution of real well testing problems from design through interpretation for oil, gas and water injection wells. Students will apply and practice their knowledge of the topic using the Saphire Pressure transient Analysis module of Kappa Workstation Software.
GCH691Thesis I
1 credits
GCH692Thesis II
5 credits


The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering aims at expanding, strengthening and integrating knowledge and understanding of the upstream sector of the petroleum industry. The program educates engineers for the petroleum industry based on earth and physical sciences, computer-based methods, design, economics and engineering aspects of oil and natural gas extraction. The mission of the program is also to prepare students to succeed in a doctoral program in the extraction and field processing of petroleum and natural gas and to satisfy industry demand for Lebanese petroleum engineers with special education in the oil and gas industries.

The program is suitable for students with a background in mechanical, civil or chemical engineering or in another closely related field. The Master program is open to students from USEK’s Faculty of Engineering and from other universities.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Expand students’ knowledge and skills in petroleum engineering.
2. Prepare students to succeed in a doctoral program in petroleum engineering or related fields.

Program Outcomes

a. Ability to predict reservoir behavior and to maintain and improve oil and gas production.
b. Ability to ethically conduct applied research and engineering design with professional written and oral communication skills.
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