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Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Exploration and Production

Course Rationale
Petroleum engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas. It includes knowledge of the properties of fluids and rocks in surface and subsurface environments as well as methods of exploiting the economic production of oil and gas from petroleum reservoirs. Reservoir engineers use sophisticated mathematical techniques and computer technology to obtain optimum production. Through such techniques, petroleum engineers continue to extract oil and gas from reservoirs that only a few years ago would have been considered uneconomical. This branch of engineering is somewhat different from the other in that production is far removed from physical observation.
Due to shortage of Petroleum engineers  that provide the technological expertise to bring oil and natural gas from deep within the earth to the surface for delivery to processing facilities. Mount Kenya University Designed this programme to train more Engineers in the field of Petroleum exploration.

Why study the programme

  1. Conduct research on science based energy and technology issues
  2. Design, construct and test different petroleum exploration and production technologies.
  3. Develop environmentally friendly technologies.
  4. Utilize teaching methodologies to adapt to the changing energy environment and demand.
  5. Provide guidance and advisory services on career paths in science related fields

Target Groups

The curriculum develops fundamental concepts that describe the properties of fluids and rocks in surface and subsurface environments. These are integrated with courses covering fluid flow in reservoirs along with drilling and production equipment to develop a broad understanding of how fundamental concepts are used to solve technical problems. The development of engineering design concepts begins with the application of fundamental principles and concepts to solve engineering problems in these courses and culminates in a series of senior-level design courses that require comprehensive integration of technical knowledge as well as consideration of economic, environmental, safety, and societal concerns. This experience is essential in the preparation of graduates for entry-level positions.

Programme Objectives
Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study for Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Exploration and Production, graduates will have acquired knowledge, skills and abilities to be able to:

  1. Offer education and training in petroleum and production to equip the candidate with the skills that will normally allow for eventual practice as petroleum technologists.
  2. Provide the student with skills to conceptualize solutions to petroleum problems
  3. Provide the student with skills to prepare designs for the production of petroleum artifacts, structures, and systems.

Entry Requirements
Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Production degree of Mount Kenya University in the following categories:

  1. The University and Faculty common regulations shall apply.
  2. The candidate must have passed the K.C.S.E. or equivalent examination at the minimum grades indicated below:

         Alternative "A"           Alternative "B"
        Mathematics  C+        Mathematics        C+
        Physics        C+           Physical Science    B-
        Geography    C+        Geography        C+

  In addition, those in   alternative "B" must have a minimum of grade C+ in any one of the     following:

  • Power mechanics
  • Building Constructions
  • Woodwork
  • Drawing and Design
  • Electricity
  • Economics

3.Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or the A-level equivalent should satisfy all the requirements below:

    1. At least two principal passes in Mathematics and Physics; and
    2. At least a total score of nine (9) points at the KACE or equivalent; and
    3. At least a credit pass in chemistry at the KCE or its equivalent.
    4. Higher Diploma holders: A candidate holding a Higher Diploma from Kenya National Examination Council in relevant area or its equivalent as shall be determined by university senate, shall be admitted into the third year of study.
    5. Diploma applicants: A candidate must be holders of MKU diploma in engineering with at least a credit pass in the relevant discipline or its equivalent as shall be determined by university senate. Diploma holders will normally be admitted into the second year of study

A holder of other qualifications recognized by the Senate as equivalent to i, to iv above


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