Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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About Us


The Institute of Petroleum and Energy Studies (formerly Institute of Petroleum Studies) was established in 2003 in a unique collaboration between the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the French Petroleum Institute or Institut français du pétrole (IFP), France, and the NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Limited (now TotalEnergies) Joint Venture to meet the needs of the petroleum industry through a commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education and capacity development.

Our goal is to equip our graduates with a broad array of intellectual and technical competencies to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry. I am proud to note that our graduates are making their marks in the industry within and outside Nigeria.

This is important to us because, through the success of our graduates we strive to attain our vision to become the foremost International Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Geosciences & Technology, Petroleum Economics & Management as well as Petroleum Policy & Strategic Studies.

In collaboration with industry experts, our faculty is active in ongoing research and is committed to providing the training and a conducive learning environment to help you make the most of the education on offer here at the Institute. The IPES welcomes students from all over the world, so no matter your journey – you will discover and prepare for an exciting and rewarding future.

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To meet the needs of the petroleum industry through a commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education, and capacity building.

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To become the foremost international Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Geosciences & Technology, Petroleum Economics & Management, and Petroleum Policy & Strategic Studies in Africa.

The IPES Partnership

At a time when the energy industry is evolving so rapidly, graduate students with relevant qualifications from Nigeria and across the world, are seeking to make the most of the possibilities available in the sector.

Operating under the aegis of the Centre for Oil and Gas Technology, the IPES represents an effort to provide high-value post-graduate study and prepare graduates for the 'working world.’ IPES is also a unique collaboration between the University of Port Harcourt, the French Petroleum Institute or Institut français du pétrole (IFP), France, and the NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Limited (now TotalEnergies) Joint Venture.

Incorporated in 1962, TotalEnergies Nigeria has operated in the upstream sector for nearly 60 years, adding approximately three billion barrels of oil to Nigeria's production to date. TotalEnergies, while contributing to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria, is committed to promoting best practices in safety and environmental protection, business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.[nigeria.total.com]

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is the state oil corporation that was established on April 1, 1977. In addition to its exploration activities, the Corporation has powers and operational interests in refining, petrochemicals and products transportation as well as marketing.

Institut français du pétrole (IFP)
IFP School is the name used for the École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs. It is a public institution created to meet industry needs and society's demands, particularly in terms of innovation and sustainable development, and prepares its students to be key players in the energy transition of the 21st century.[www.ifp-school.com]

University of Port Harcourt
The University of Port Harcourt is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. Established in 1975, the University was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2015.

Why Choose IPES?

Expanding Opportunities

When you decide to study at the IPES, you can be confident that you have joined a world-class institution that offers you a challenging and inspiring experience - an almost unbounded breadth of postgraduate academic engagement with a global outlook.

At the IPES you will deepen your knowledge of the energy industry and gain employable skills and competencies through innovative, research-based practical teaching, which will equip you for enhanced career prospects.

Graduates from the IPES are highly respected and there is a strong demand for those trained in the courses we offer.

Many of our graduates go on to find opportunities in relevant industry areas as well as various close fields. Besides the first-rate academic staff, innovative research, excellent facilities, and the international accreditation of our programmes, you are sure to enjoy a vibrant student life and realise full return on investment once you pick up employment.

A Multi-disciplinary Approach

The IPES approach embodies the institute's core philosophy, which ensures that young professionals experience the dynamics of the complex value chain of the world of energy, while illustrating the closely interwoven disciplines of the industry.

The main goal of a postgraduate degree from the IPES, is to develop deep knowledge about the industry and engender in students the capacity to apply what is studied to real life cases and be leaders on the global stage. Students are exposed to the connection between different subjects under each of the respective curriculums of the institute.

Practical and Stimulating Learning

At the IPES, research and education are handled by a faculty, mostly at the cutting edge of industry developments and active in highly recognised business research. This ensures that you learn from the very best and enhance your career prospects.

A key philosophy of the programmes at the IPES is to emphasise the link between teaching and qualitative research.

Our curriculum is contemporary and research-intensive, focusing on the dynamic realities of the energy industry and the nature of the complexities to deal with – as new research results brings fresh material, which subjects classroom knowledge to constant review.

This makes teaching and study more efficient and prepares our students for the workplace.

Admission into the M.S.c. (Petroleum Project Development and Energy Transition Programme) for 2024/2025 Session
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IPES Governing Board

  • Mrs. Evi Ifekwe

    Mrs. Evi Ifekwe

    Chairman, Governing Board
    Executive Director, People and Country Services, TEPNG
  • Mrs. Kenechi Esomeju

    Mrs. Kenechi Esomeju

    General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), TEPNG
  • Prof. Sunday Sunday Ikiensikimama

    Prof. Sunday Sunday Ikiensikimama

    Director IPES, Uniport
  • Prof. Leo Osuji

    Prof. Leo Osuji

    Director, University of Port Harcourt Foundation
  • Prof. U. A. Kamalu

    Prof. U. A. Kamalu

    Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Port Harcourt
  • Mrs. Flora Amadi

    Mrs. Flora Amadi

    Administrative Secretary, IPES Uniport
  • Prof. Frederique Fournier

    Prof. Frederique Fournier

    Coordinator and Chairman, Advisory Committee of IPES and IFP Training School
  • Remi Mouchel

    Remi Mouchel

    IFP Training Chairman of the Executive Board and Director of Operations
  • Alhaji Sani Kabo

    Alhaji Sani Kabo

    Head of Business Services, NNPC Limited
  • Mr. Jide Adebulehin

    Mr. Jide Adebulehin


    IPES Management Team

    • Sunday Sunday Ikiensikimama

      Sunday Sunday Ikiensikimama

    • Joseph Amiebibama

      Joseph Amiebibama

      Deputy Director/PGD Coordinator
    • Oluwafemi Oyedokun

      Oluwafemi Oyedokun

      IFP Rep/MSC Coordinator
    • Flora Amadi

      Flora Amadi

      Administrative Secretary
    • Joseph Wachukwu

      Joseph Wachukwu

    • Bernadette Ukaegbu

      Bernadette Ukaegbu

      • Institute of Petroleum and Energy Studies,
      • East West Road,
      • P.M.B 2, Uniport Post Office, Choba,
      • Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
      • +2349090624900
      • info@ipes.uniport.edu.ng