The Department was started in the first year of the University 2012/13 as Department of Energy where the BSc. Renewable Energy Engineering was the only programme being ran at the time. In the following academic year 2013/14, the first batch of Environmental Engineering students were admitted to the University and to the department, leading to a change in the name of department to Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering. Subsequently, the Petroleum Engineering programme was added in the following academic year.
In the following years, the Department has downsized its undergraduate programmes leading to the Environmental Engineering programme being taken out to merge with the Civil Engineering programme. Hence, the Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering was formed in the 2018/19 academic year.
The postgraduate programmes, PhD/MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering and Management were started in the 2015/16 academic year and they have grown from strength to strength. The Department showed its potential through winning grants to start two premier research and training centres of excellence, the Earth Observation and Research Innovation Centre (EORIC) and Regional (RCEES). Grants were won for the RCEES from the World Bank as its funding agency. The department has generated over US$5million in grants.
The Petroleum Engineering programme is a specialized engineering discipline which prepares graduates for careers in the oil and gas industries. The programme prepares graduates to apply physical, mathematical and engineering principles to identify and solve problems associated with exploration, exploitation, drilling, production and all the related economic and management problems associated with the recovery of hydrocarbons and other non-conventional sources of energy from deep beneath the earth's surface. The programme is designed to incorporate current technology, multi-disciplinary experience, and extensive integration of industry which prepares students for active participation in the energy industry while providing requisite skills to evolve as the energy landscape shifts over the 21st century. The Petroleum Engineering Programme trains students in the areas of drilling, production, reservoir engineering and natural gas engineering.
The Department of Energy and Petroleum engineering has established partnerships with both industry and academic players. Some of the partners include