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In 2004, the Senate of Madonna University Nigeria approved the commencement of the Petroleum Engineering programme in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology to respond to the manpower needs of the Oil and Gas industrial Technological revolution. The Senate equally approved the commencement of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Departments. Both programmes were merged to form the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Elele campus. The first, set of undergraduate were admitted in 2006 and commenced academic programme as freshmen for the 2006/2007 academic session.

In April 2007, both Departments were separated into two; the Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering respectively. 

Furthermore, Faculty of Engineering and Technology was transferred to Akpugo Campus, Enugu State of Nigeria on 27th day of April 2011. The expectations are that this transfer will offer better accommodation, improve on the rate of development of Faculty of Engineering and multiply interest in engineering research, especially in the field of Petroleum Engineering.

In June 2013, the Department of Petroleum Engineering got full COREN acation status while in March 2016; the Department also got full NUC acation status. 

Today, the Department is well established and has state – of – the – art equipment in the laboratories and workshops.


The programme is structured to produce graduates with high academic standard and basic adequate practical background through local content initiatives energized by the flexibility of choice tailored to fit their personal career objectives for immediate employment in industries, Research, self employment and post graduate studies after graduation.


The principle objectives of the Petroleum Engineering Programme include the following:

(i) To train Petroleum Engineers with the required qualities and capabilities to counteract the ever increasing demands of not only the Nigerian Petroleum industries but also those of the general Nigerian socio-economic sectors including the academic and the international market.

(ii) To equip Nigeria and the world at large with effective professionals in the critical growth of electrical technology;

(iii) To stimulate the interest of students in research through contact with teachers and mentors who are active in research;

(iv) To design engineering projects and supervise their implementation;

(v) To be able to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important task;

(vi) To encourage students to consider graduate education and become aware of the need for lifelong learning;

(vii) To provide edge-cutting training by adding value to services that motivates students to achieve their full potential using global best practices in realisation of the National Policy on Industrialisation and Self-Reliance 

(viii) To inculcate basic principles and skills underlying the planning, designing, operations, and maintenance of oil and/or gas facilities.

(ix) To promote, stimulate and motivate students to target attainment of highest standards of achievements in the general engineering field through close affiliation with the existing petroleum producing, servicing and processing companies which will serve as the training ground for exposure to contemporary problems and hands-on methods of solving them.

(x) To impact students with knowledge and ethical orientation as landmarks for excellence in industries, academia and public service.

(xi) To stimulate students interest in professionalism through affiliation with relevant professional societies like SPE and COREN.


Petroleum Engineering programme is designed to give each student a thorough grounding in his specific professional areas of Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum production Engineering and Drilling Engineering Technology, while allowing the flexibility of choice in tailoring his individual program to fit his personal career plans for immediate employment in the industry or for postgraduate studies and research. In addition, the programme (for B. ENG degree in Petroleum Engineering) is grounded on solid foundations which are in line with the current sophisticated technologies available today. The graduates should have an interest in, and capability for the application of Petroleum Engineering principles to real life problem solving. 



The minimum admission requirement for Engineering and Technology disciplines should be passes at level in the Senior Secondary School final year examination or GCE ‘O’ Level in five subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Physics and Chemistry. Candidates are also required to have acceptable pass in UTME. The UTME subjects shall be Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Use of English. It is also desirable for candidates to have Further Mathematics and Technical Drawing at levels. Such candidates shall have added advantage.


For Direct Entry, candidates must have passes in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at GCE ‘A’ level or equivalent. Holders of OND and HND at minimum of upper level are eligible for consideration for admission into 200 and 300 levels respectively.


(i) Any student of this Faculty can seek transfer into another Faculty, department or programme after at least one academic year in the Faculty provided the student satisfies the admission requirements of the new Faculty/Department.

(ii) No transfer shall, however, be allowed into the first of final year of any programme.

(iii) For all transfers, a candidate shall;

- Have obtained a CGPA of not less than 1.00.

- All students for transfer are expected to apply to the registrar on the prescribed form enclosing photocopies of qualifying certificate(s), and certified statements of results for all semesters spent so far. 

- Meet the admission requirements applicable to the year of study of the programme into which he or she seeks transfer.

- Satisfy the Faculty/Departmental transfer requirements.

- Earn waivers for only those relevant courses passed in his former department.

- Collect from the admission office a transfer letter stating the new programme, the approved year of study, and courses from which waivers had been granted.

- All completed transfer forms shall be processed by the Faculty and departmental boards involved in the transfer, to determine appropriate programme of study, waivers and years of study.

- All cases of transfer shall be presented to the senate for consideration and approval.

- All transfer shall be completed before the registration week of each academic session.

- On registration, the candidate shall be issued a new registration number by the registrar.


Graduates of Petroleum Engineering are in high demand in the oil and/or gas and energy industry. They can also adequately fit into the following areas;

(i) Exploration and Production companies

(ii) Petroleum Refineries

(iii) Petrochemical industries

(iv) Natural Gas Processing Plants

(v) Oil and Gas servicing companies

(vi) Pipeline design and construction companies

(vii) Petroleum Transportation and storage companies

(viii) Gas To Power plants project firms

(ix) Solid mineral Exploration and processing companies

(x) Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) companies

(xi) Waste management and disposal companies

(xii) Water treatment plants

(xiii) Industrial laboratories

(xiv) Research and development consultancy firms

(xv) Plastics, Polymers and paint industries

(xvi) Marine Engineering companies

(xvii) Nuclear Regulatory Firms

(xviii) Military

(xix) Environmental management and monitoring firms

(xx) Public service


Petroleum Production Engineering 1

Reservoir Engineering 2

Drilling Technology 3

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1 Madonna University Road
P.M.B 05 Elele,
Rivers State Nigeria,
Okija, Anambra State Nigeria,
Akpugo, Enugu State Nigeria 

Phone: 08137180957, 08078130033,
08078129083, 08135955826,
08148396740, 07082137027.