The Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University specialises in teaching, training and research, and has the largest petroleum engineering research programme in the UK. The Institute's Orkney-based International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) was established to carry out advanced research, postgraduate training and consultancy in marine resource management and related issues. Staff details and further information for staff and students are available here.
Research projects address real problems faced by companies involved in the development of oil and gas resources in all regions of the world. The research areas covered are: Uncertainty Quantification, Hydrates, Geomechanics & Rock Physics, Reservoir Geophysics, Reservoir Fluids, Hydrocarbon Recovery Mechanisms, Reservoir Description, Production Chemistry.
The continued and growing demand for the exploitation of subsurface oil and gas resources means that Heriot-Watt remains committed to the development and delivery of training and research programmes relevant to the needs of the international petroleum industry. Education and training are provided through taught Masters degree courses and through supervised research for the degrees of MPhil and PhD. Research activity was awarded the highest (5*) Grade in the most recent government Research Assessment Exercise, confirming 10 years of internationally rated performance. We have also been awarded an 'exemplary' rating by the QAA for our teaching.