Petroleum Engineering


Program Overview

The B. Tech. Petroleum Engineering Program at MIT-WPU is based on three cardinal principles:
providing social context to education, giving maximum choice to the student to choose a career path and encouraging experiential learning. To that effect, a B.Tech in Petroleum engineering can be broadly divided into 3 district subcategories:

Operations Management: A multi-disciplinary field that focuses on managing all aspects of an organization’s operations to provide products and services. In Operation management, an individual will learn how to increase productivity and reduce costs, improve flexibility to meet rapidly changing customer needs, enhance product quality and improve customer service. The concerns of Operation Management range from strategic to tactical and operational levels, which involve designing, planning and managing the system.

Exploration and Production: These are deemed to fall within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Petroleum Exploration and essential engineering for Production of hydrocarbons are the oil and gas industry’s two main subsurface disciplines, which focus on maximizing economic recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoirs.

Petroleum Geology and Geophysics: this focuses on provision of a static description of the hydrocarbon reservoir rock, while Petroleum Engineering focuses on estimation of the recoverable volume of this resource using a detailed understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of oil, water and gas within porous rock which may be at very high depth, pressure, and temperature conditions. Usually, these phases have the highest impact on field economics.

Program Hightlights

  • At MIT-WPU School of Petroleum Engineering, we impart an understanding of geosciences, educate beyond conventional-innovative learning techniques and deliver technologically complex methods to students with the help of industry to extract the petroleum resources efficiently. We have an educational environment to take up technology-intensive research projects at B.Tech., M.Tech, and Ph. D levels and also at collaborative levels to advance new hydrocarbon volumes into country’s energy basket.

  • The integrated educational model of four years graduation course, ‘B. Tech. in (Petroleum)’, of our department is India’s second oldest and innovative programme.

  • More than thousand students have graduated from this program since 1983, and are working in oil and gas industry all over the globe holding senior positions and contributing significantly to the petroleum industry. The strong alumni network is our most important connection to the corporate world when it comes to placements and interaction with the industry.

  • Our curriculum is based on the competency matrix of Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE International and designed to equip the student with the fundamentals necessary to achieve the lifelong professional development. It is accredited by National Board of Accreditation, Government of India in 2003, 2008 and 2015.

  • Presence of CAIRN CAMPUS CONNECT, ONGC Chair Professors and MoU with SHELL and AKER SOLUTIONS are few important milestones in the history of the department.

  • We have taken an initiative to develop a state-of-the-art, “Subsea Engineering Laboratory”, with support from AKER Powergas Subsea Private Limited on the campus of our University.

  • We have extremely good infrastructure and experienced, competent and qualified faculty members and proprietary software used by the oil and gas industry to conduct the broad based curriculum.

  • Field visits are an integral part of our curriculum designed to explain the concepts of sedimentary basins in addition to industrial field familiarization program for the benefit of students. Students are also deputed to four to six week’s summer or winter internships to understand the working environment of the petroleum industry.

  • The MIT-SPE student chapter, established in 1989, is one of the most active chapters in the world. Annual Industry Institute Interaction Programme and number of other student centric activities that are organized throughout the year by the MIT-SPE Student Chapter and the Petroleum Department, provides an ideal platform for students to interact with professionals from oil and gas industry. This has helped us to attain the status of Outstanding Student Chapter Award from SPE International in the years 2014 and 2015, after having received Gold Student Chapter Award in earlier years.

  • Teaching learning method based on student’s active participation in his/her own learning (Active Learning Pedagogy).

  • Emphasis on social responsibility of an engineering profession (Professional Education with Social Context).

  • Flexibility in choice of subjects leading to a definite career path.

  • Value based education.

  • Creatively designed curriculum providing for experimental learning through real life problem solving in association with industry.

  • Multicultural and international exposure to prepare the students for a global career.

Program Structure

  • MIT-WPU has a trimester system in play, thereby resulting in a total of 12 trimesters spread over 4 years for our B.Tech in Petroleum Engineering.

  • In the First Year, Students will be provided with a knowledge of basic engineering sciences including living systems. There is also a system of Social internship which is credit based. This is expected to sow the seeds of socially oriented innovation in the student’s mind.

  • The Second Year courses are designed to provide a strong foundation in petroleum engineering sciences from chosen disciplines. Summer internship at the end of the second year involves a guided study tour.

  • The Third and Fourth Years will include core subjects belonging to petroleum engineering and will also include subjects belonging to the track chosen as their elective. Project-based learning in the last two trimesters will inculcate problem-solving skills, team spirit, use of inter-disciplinary ideas, professional ethics and habit of self-learning.

Number of Years

Four (Trimester Pattern)

Number of Semesters


Evaluation Pattern

Continuous Evaluation and End-semester Examination along with Practical and Oral Examinations.


Choice based Electives to follow specialization tracks.

Internship and projects

Four to eight weeks internship. Projects based on various disciplines of petroleum engineering and industrial/research oriented problems.

Value Added Certification

Social internship, world peace, and philosophy certification, international modular certification jointly with a reputed organization

The petroleum engineering students will be provided a broad education spectrum from exploration of hydrocarbons to refining and transportation of oil and gas. This will involve study of pure and applied sciences along with different engineering aspects related to petroleum industry. Students learn the safest and most efficient methods of bringing hydrocarbon resources to the surface. At MIT-WPU, our objective is to offer students with real life industrial exposure. National and international study tours provide global exposure to our students. The study program includes all aspects such as exploration, drilling engineering, production engineering, reservoir engineering, refining and transport of oil and gas. The curriculum is imparted with active learning methods like problem based learning (PBL), experiential learning and collaborative learning. Choice based course selection, projects and electives across disciplines offer much needed inter-disciplinary approach to budding petroleum engineers. Equipped with highly experienced faculty and strong industry academia connect, MIT-WPU Petroleum Engineering Program offers to turn out world class Petroleum Engineers.

    • Blending of latest industry trends with fundamental knowledge base in Petroleum Engineering.

    • According to the structure and syllabi the contents are categorized as,

        • BS : Basic Sciences

        • EC : Engineering Core

        • DC : Departmental Core

        • DE : Departmental Electives

        • HS : Humanities and World Peace

        • SK : Skill based Courses

    • Exploration, risk and decision analysis

    • Reservoir Engineering

    • Drilling Engineering

    • Production Engineering

    • Refining and transport

    • Environmental Engineering

    • Data analytics in Petroleum Engineering

    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    • Technology Courses: Theory, Laboratories and Practice

    • Research, Explorations and Collaborations

    • Experiential Learning : Projects, Assignments and other activities

    • World Peace Courses: Yoga, Sports, Ethos, Ethics, Liberal Arts and Life Skills