Following are some of the top leading universities for petroleum engineering:

Heriot-Watt University (UK)
- The postgraduate Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) is world renowned for its research on optimising economic hydrocarbon recovery. It has received 5* research ratings in the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises.
- In 1995 Heriot-Watt received one of the inaugural Queens Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering.
- In 2006 the Energy Institute granted accreditation to the MSc Petroleum Engineering and MSc Reservoir Evaluation & Management courses.
- The Petroleum Engineering department is consistently rated one of the top three in the world.

Texas A&M University (USA)
- The Harold Vance department of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University is one of the top petroleum engineering programs in the United States. According to US News and World Report, the department has been rated the 1st among undergraduate petroleum engineering program in the United States.

University of New South Wales (Australia)
- The School of Petroleum Engineering (SCOPE) was established in 1985 as a joint initiative between UNSW and the petroleum industry.
- SCOPE is Australia's longest standing undergraduate and postgraduate petroleum industry training school.

The University of Adelaide (Australia)
- The Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) was created at the University of Adelaide in July 2003 by the merger of the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (NCPGG) and the School of Petroleum Engineering and Management (SPEM).
- ASP is one of only a few institutions in the world offering fully integrated teaching and research programs covering petroleum geoscience, engineering and management.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek