Overview

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme philosophy is to produce highly motivated and innovative graduates of petroleum engineering prepared to solve the problems of a demanding engineering market.

RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMME

The Eastern and Southern African region is endowed with rich oil and gas resources with a potential of at least 27.6 billion barrels of crude oil and 441 trillion cubic feet of gas. In Kenya, recent discoveries of oil in the Tertiary Rift Basin and gas in the offshore wells of Lamu Basin indicate the existence of viable quantities of oil and gas and therefore significant potential for oil and gas production. However, the region lacks technical capacity, particularly in the upstream oil and gas sector. This together with other midstream and downstream challenges pose significant constraints to the economic exploitation of the enormous oil and gas potential in the Eastern and Southern African region. It is without a doubt that the region has a shortage of specialized local and regional manpower in the fields relevant to the oil and gas sector such as reservoir characterization, drilling and reservoir production technology, and enhanced oil and gas recovery technologies.

MODE OF DELIVERY 

Face to face, ​​​​​​​Open, Distance And E-Learning Mode and ​​​​​​​ Blended Learning Mode

BACKGROUND

In 2014, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kenya gave a grant of fifty-six million shillings (Kes 56,000,000) to the School of Engineering to support the establishment of a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Nairobi. The first batch of students was subsequently admitted in 2016 and 2 cohorts had graduated by the end of 2021.

The Petroleum Engineering undergraduate programme at the University of Nairobi is primarily concerned with the upstream operations of economic extraction of oil, gas, and other natural resources from the earth. Producing oil and gas is accomplished through the design, drilling and operation of wells and well systems, and the integrated management of the underground reservoirs in which the resources are found. There is however a minor emphasis of the program on the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products as well as downstream activities such as storage and distribution of petroleum products.

The curriculum is tailored to give the students a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences from the start. In the first year of study, courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, technical drawing and computer science are taught as well as other courses in the humanities such as communication skills, philosophy and HIV/AIDS. These courses are common to other disciplines of engineering such as Mechanical Engineering. The courses offered in the second and third years of the program are to a large extent designed to provide the students with a strong foundation in engineering and sciences. These include courses such as solid and structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanics of machines, materials science, non-destructive testing, electrical circuits and electrical machines, electronics, reservoir fluids and reservoir petrophysics, drilling systems, well performance, process principles, exploration physics, and engineering design. Students are also introduced to relevant concepts of business management and law as well as further mathematics principles.

For more information: dept-mmengineering@uonbi.ac.ke or call +254 02 04913527

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION

The course shall run for a minimum of five academic years.

The programme shall be covered in a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 semesters from the date of registration and each semester will be 15 weeks.

Each course unit shall have a minimum of 45-contact hours and shall be covered within a semester.

Each student shall be required to take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8-course units in one semester.

The course structure and requirements for the degree programme through open, distance and electronic learning remain the same as under the full-time and part-time mode of study.

The open, distance and electronic learning mode of study will run for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 semesters of 24 weeks each, from the date of registration. 

The open, distance and electronic learning mode of study will be offered off-campus using a multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials.

In addition, there will be limited face-to-face instruction during residential training. The face-to-face instruction shall not exceed one-third of the instruction time.

 

Academic Year

No. of course units

First

15

Second

14

Third

16 (Including 8 weeks of field assignment)

Fourth

15 (Including at least 8 weeks of assessed Industrial Attachment)

Fifth

14 (Inclusive of Engineering Project)

Total

74 (Including internal and industrial attachment)

 

First Year

Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Semester I

 

Semester II

 

Credit Hours

FPE 111

Physics I

45

 

3

FPE 112

Physics II

 

45

3

FPE 151

Chemistry I

45

 

3

FPE 152

Chemistry II

 

45

3

FME 161

Engineering Drawing I

60

 

4

FME 162

Engineering Drawing II

 

60

4

FPE 165

Communication Skills (CCS 001)

45

 

3

FPE 168

Elements of Philosophy (CCS 008)

 

45

3

FPE 169

HIV/AIDS (CCS 010)

45

 

3

FPE 171

Fundamentals of Engineering Mathematics

45

 

3

FPE 172

Calculus I

 

45

3

FPE 173

Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)

60

 

4

FPE 174

Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)

 

60

4

FPE 181

Computer Science I

60

60

4

FPE 182

Computer Science II

 

60

4

TOTAL

405

420

51

Second Year

Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Semester I

 

Semester II

 

Credit Hours

FPE 201

Solid and Structural Mechanics I

60

 

4

FPE 202

Solid and Structural Mechanics II

 

60

4

FPE 203

Introduction to Physical geography & Geology

45

 

3

FPE 204

Introduction to Geophysics

 

60

4

FPE 221

Thermodynamics I

60

 

4

FPE 222

Thermodynamics II

 

60

4

FPE 231

Fluid Mechanics I

60

 

4

FPE 232

Fluid Mechanics II

 

60

4

FPE  242

Non Destructive Testing (NDT)

 

60

4

FPE 251

Materials Science and Engineering I: Fundamentals

60

 

4

FPE 271

Calculus II

45

 

3

FPE 272

Differential Equations & Linear Algebra

 

45

3

FPE 291

Electrical Circuits Theory

60

 

4

FPE 292

Electrical machines (AC and DC)

 

60

4

TOTAL

390

405

53

 

 

Third Year

Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Credit Hours

Semester I

 

Semester II

 

FPE 311

Engineering Mechanics III

60

 

4

FPE 322

Petroleum Drilling Systems

 

60

4

FPE 323

Well Performance

60

 

4

FPE 324

Reservoir Fluids

 

60

4

FPE 331

Formation Evaluation

60

 

4

FPE 332

Process Principles

 

60

4

FPE 342

Exploration Geophysics

 

60

4

FPE 343

Management & Business for Engineers

45

 

3

FPE 344

Law for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 351

Reservoir Petro-physics

60

 

4

FPE 353

Engineering Materials Science II

60

 

4

FPE 354

Engineering Materials Science III

 

60

4

FPE362

Mechanical Engineering Design

 

60

 

FPE 371

Complex Analysis & Differential equations

45

 

3

FPE 372

Probability & statistics for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 391

Analogue & Digital Electronics

45

 

3

TOTAL

435

450

59

 

FPE 399:        Internal Attachment – (8 weeks)

Module

Title

Hours

Credit

Hours

I

Computer Aided Drawing and Laboratory Practice including field assignments

192

13

II

Creativity and Innovation

32

2

III

Technical Writing and Presentation Skills

32

2

IV

Industrial Visits

64

4

TOTAL

320

21

 

Fourth Year

Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Credit Hours

Semester I

Semester II

FPE411

Drilling Engineering

60

 

4

FPE 412

Advanced Drilling Engineering

 

60

4

FPE 413

Well testing and production logging

60

 

4

FPE 414

Petroleum Chemistry

 

60

4

FPE 421

Petroleum Refining

60

 

4

FPE 431

Production Engineering

60

 

4

FPE 432

Reservoir Models

 

60

4

FPE 441

Engineering Project Management

45

 

3

FME 442

Maintenance management

 

45

3

FPE451

Materials Science and Engineering IV

60

 

4

FPE 461

Integrated Reservoir Design I

60

 

4

FPE 462

Integrated Reservoir Design II

 

60

4

FPE 472

Numerical Methods for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 491

Electrical Measurement & Instrumentation

60

 

4

FPE  492

Programmable Logic Controllers

 

60

4

 

TOTAL

465

390

57

 

FPE 499 – Industrial Attachment – (Minimum of 8 weeks)

Code

CourseTitle

Hours

Credit Hours

FME 499

Industrial Attachment

320

21

TOTAL

320

21

 

Fifth Year

Code

Course

Title

Contact Hours

Credit

Hours

Hours

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

FPE 503

Advanced Production Engineering

60

 

4

FPE 504

Petroleum Production Systems

 

60

4

FPE 511

Dynamic Systems and Control

60

 

4

FPE 521

Heat transfer I

60

 

4

FPE 522

Heat transfer II

 

60

4

FPE 531

Reservoir Simulation I

60

 

4

FPE 532

Reservoir Simulation II

 

60

4

FPE 542

Downstream Operations

 

45

3

FPE 544

Production Enhancement

 

60

4

FPE 551

Petroleum Economics

45

 

3

FPE 561

Engineering Project I

60

 

4

FPE 562

Engineering Project II

 

60

4

FPE 5XX

Elective I

45

 

3

FPE 5YY

Elective II

 

45

3

 

TOTAL

390

390

52

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

To offer a level of specialisation, during the 5th year of study, students, with the guidance of the Class Tutor, can select any two courses from the list below provided the selected course is on offer.

Course Code

Course Title

Hours Per

Semester

FPE 506

Natural Gas Engineering

45

FPE 508

Rock Mechanics

45

FPE 513

Hydraulic & Pneumatic Control Systems

45

FPE 514

Reliability Engineering

45

FPE 515

Corrosion Engineering

45

FPE 543

Hydrocarbon Phase Behaviour

45

FPE 545

Pipeline Transportation

45

FPE 552

Petroleum Project Economics

45

FPE 553

Entrepreneurship for Engineers

45

FPE554

Sustainable Development

45

Admission Requirements for BSc Petroleum Engineering

Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Engineering in the following categories.

 

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the Faculty of Engineering in the following categories.

KCSE Candidates

The basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into Public Universities which is a mean grade of at least C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In addition, candidates shall have obtained at least C+ in each of the four cluster subjects from any of the following alternative clusters.

However, a cut-off Grade higher than C+ in each cluster subject shall be preferred if limitations of the number of places available for each degree programme versus the number of qualified candidates so demand. The said cut-off grades shall be determined and implemented by the Faculty Academic Committee.

Alternative A:

Physics                              Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject

Chemistry

Mathematics

Alternative B:

Physical Sciences              Geography or any Group IV Subject or Business studies

Biological Sciences

Mathematics

Group IV Subjects:

Home Science                   Building Construction

Art and Design                 Power Mechanics

Agriculture                        Electricity

Woodwork                                    Drawing and Design

Metalwork                         Aviation Technology

​​​​​​​2. A-Level Candidates

A-level candidates with two (2) principals in Mathematics and Physics and a subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with Credit pass in English at O level​​​​​​​

3. KNEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Equivalent

Candidates with Higher National Diploma in the following broad areas of study:

  1. Agricultural Engineering
  2. Civil engineering
  3. Electrical engineering
  4. Mechanical engineering
  5. Geospatial Engineering
  6. Any other approved subject area.​​​​​​​

5. Diploma from Science/Technical Teacher Training Colleges

Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.

​​​​​​​6. B. Sc. /B. Ed (Science) degrees from Universities or any other relevant degrees 

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science or Education degree in Physics and Mathematics from recognized institutions or any other relevant degree from a recognized institution.

​​​​​​​CREDIT TRANSFERS AND EXEMPTIONS

The point of entry into the programme for candidates with a KNEC higher national diploma or its equivalent in accordance with 3.1.3 shall be in the second year of study.

    1. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with an ordinary KNEC diploma or its equivalent in accordance with 3.1.4 shall be in the first year of study.
    2. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with a qualification other than those outlined in 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.1.4 shall be approved by Senate on the recommendations of the Faculty Academic Committee and shall be based on the qualifications of the applicant.
    3. Where a candidate wishes to be exempted from any course or courses, he/she shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar justifying his/her request and attaching evidence of the credentials which support such request. Such a candidate may be required to sit and pass an exemption examination set and administered by the Faculty and approved under the authority of the Senate after payment of a prescribed fee.
    4. Based on the assessment of the exemption examination, the Departmental Committee shall make its recommendations to the Senate. The Academic Registrar shall communicate to the candidate, the Senate’s decision.

At the end of the training, graduates of Petroleum Engineering will be able to fit in the job market where they will work in oil exploration and extraction industries, research institutions, government ministries and government parastatals.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING - F22

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 1 -14units

 

 Semester 1 

 Semester 2 

 Yearly TOTAL 

TUITION

                            198,000

            198,000

                                   396,000

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)

                                6,500

                       -  

                                        6,500

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)

                                7,000

                       -  

                                        7,000

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)

                                2,000

                       -  

                                        2,000

CAUTION - (ONCE)

                                5,000

                       -  

                                        5,000

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)

                                2,250

                2,250

                                        4,500

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)

                                7,000

                7,000

                                      14,000

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)

                                4,000

                       -  

                                        4,000

TOTAL

                            233,750

            207,250

                                   441,000

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 2 -16units

 

 

 

 

 Semester 1 

 Semester 2 

 Yearly TOTAL 

TUITION

                            198,000

            198,000

                                   396,000

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)

                                6,500

                       -  

                                        6,500

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)

                                7,000

                       -  

                                        7,000

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)

                                2,000

                       -  

                                        2,000

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)

                                2,250

                2,250

                                        4,500

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)

                                8,000

                8,000

                                      16,000

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)

                                4,000

                       -  

                                        4,000

TOTAL

                            229,750

            208,250

                                   438,000

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 3 -14units

 

 

 

 

 Semester 1 

 Semester 2 

 Yearly TOTAL 

TUITION

                            198,000

            198,000

                                   396,000

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)

                                6,500

                       -  

                                        6,500

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)

                                7,000

                       -  

                                        7,000

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)

                                2,000

                       -  

                                        2,000

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)

                                2,250

                2,250

                                        4,500

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)

                                7,000

                7,000

                                      14,000

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)

                                4,000

                       -  

                                        4,000

TOTAL

                            228,750

            207,250

                                   436,000

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 4 -14units

 

 

 

 

 Semester 1 

 Semester 2 

 Yearly TOTAL 

TUITION

                            198,000

            198,000

                                   396,000

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)

                                6,500

                       -  

                                        6,500

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)

                                7,000

                       -  

                                        7,000

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)

                                2,000

                       -  

                                        2,000

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)

                                2,250

                2,250

                                        4,500

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)

                                7,000

                7,000

                                      14,000

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)

                                4,000

                       -  

                                        4,000

TOTAL

                            228,750

            207,250

                                   436,000

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 5 - 14units

 

 

 

 

 Semester 1 

 Semester 2 

 Yearly TOTAL 

TUITION

                            198,000

            198,000

                                   396,000

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)

                                6,500

                       -  

                                        6,500

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)

                                7,000

                       -  

                                        7,000

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)

                                2,000

                       -  

                                        2,000

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)

                                2,250

                2,250

                                        4,500

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)

                                7,000

                7,000

                                      14,000

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)

                                1,000

                       -  

                                        1,000

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)

                                4,000

                       -  

                                        4,000

TOTAL

                            228,750

            207,250

                                   436,000

 

 

 

 

Grand TOTAL

 

 

                 2,187,000

 

Department
Mechanical