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Petroleum/Oil and Gas Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng)
Master of Applied Science (MASc)

Please note: The graduate Petroleum Engineering program at Dalhousie University is changing as we move towards a new program that better aligns with the evolving needs of Canadian industry and with the expertise available at Dalhousie, a leading academic institution in the Maritimes. As such, enrollment into this program is currently suspended, with no new applications being accepted at this time.
The revised program is scheduled to initiate in September of 2017, under a new Process Engineering framework.  We are excited about the program format currently under development and the new opportunities it will afford, and we thank prospective applicants for their patience as we make this transition.  We will continue to offer the opportunity for applicants to pursue interests in this area during the transition period through the MEng Chemical Engineering program.
As part of the transition, Dalhousie is currently accepting well-qualified applicants into its M.Eng in Chemical Engineering program for the 2016/2017 academic year.  This program is structured based on each individual student’s interests, offering the flexibility for students with specific interests in energy, process engineering, industrial safety and oil and gas processing the opportunity to diversify their educational experience and gain advanced knowledge in a variety of fields.  It is housed in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, consisting of faculty and students with expertise in Chemical, Environmental, Materials, and Biological engineering and Food Science.  Students also have the opportunity to pursue graduate courses in other disciplines within the Faculty of Engineering based on individual strengths and graduate program objectives.  This program format is currently servicing over 20 highly qualified MEng graduate students for the 2015/2016 academic year as part of this transition period, including those with undergraduate degrees from Chemical, Petroleum, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering.  
The application period for Fall 2016 admission into the MEng Chemical Engineering program is from January to March of 2016, with applicants being reviewed on a competitive basis.  All applications received recently for the MEng PETR program will be automatically considered for the MEng Chemical Engineering program.


Petroleum Engineering at Dalhousie is viewed as a specialized professional discipline focused on the fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the production, transport and processing of petroleum products. The Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University offers challenging new education and research programs focused on Atlantic Canada’s oil and gas industry. These programs are supported by expertise, experience and resources from all of the Faculty’s departments. They reflect a broad vision of "oil and gas engineering" as an integrated endeavour based upon concepts, principles and techniques from all professional engineering disciplines.

Length of Program

  • MEng - typical time to complete is 2 years

Core Courses

  • Reservoir engineering
  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
  • Natural gas reservoirs
  • Drilling engineering
  • Production technology
  • Petroleum geoscience
  • Production technology
  • Directed studies

Admission Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Contact Information

Subject Code: PETR
Address: Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University
5248 Morris Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Adam Donaldson
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-4035
Graduate Coordinator Email: adam.donaldson@dal.ca
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