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Petroleum and Gas Engineering


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Engineering

Start Date(s): September; January


September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months part-time)
PgDip (one year full-time or two years part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,332 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,992

International - £16,920

In Brief:

  • The first course of its kind in the UK
  • Enhances your career prospects in the oil and gas industries
  • Gives you the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is designed for engineering graduates who intend to enter or enhance their career prospects in the oil or natural gas industry. It will be re-accredited by the IGEM in 2016.

The course explores the geology, exploration, drilling, production (surface and subsurface), reservoir engineering and management, distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints.

You will develop the knowledge and the skills for problem solving in terms of development, design, business and economics management in oil and gas engineering which will assist you to make management and scientific decisions in the workplace.

On completion of this course you may be eligible to join the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers or Society of Petroleum Engineers which may enable you to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

Course Details

As well as studying the topics outlined in the following modules you will be expected to develop, to a professional standard, a number of transferable skills such as numeracy skills by way of quantitative mathematical analysis, problem solving skills, communication skills during group work, laboratory report writing and time management skills.

Course Structure

This course runs over three 12 week semesters

Semester 1 – October to February

Semester 2- February to June

Semester 3 – June to September (dissertation period for MSc)

This module is to prepare you for the workplace by teaching you skills in project management as it relates to the modern oil and gas engineering industry.  Some of the topics you will cover include quality management systems, how to appraise the financial position of a business, the variables which influence demand for products, the legal framework and economics of trading patterns for businesses in the gas and petroleum sector.
This module explores the principles of exploration, drilling, production and development system in terms of the geology, the reservoir, acquisition, production and operations relating to oil and gas engineering.
This module will give you specialist knowledge in gas science technology and gas processing covering subjects such as the liquefied natural gas industry, planning of gas supply systems, LPG technology and treatments of crude natural gas to reach accepted specifications.
You will learn how to apply your knowledge to gas distribution systems and gain a thorough understanding of the design and operation of gas transmission systems including the economics of supply, safety and storage. Much of the learning of these systems will be carried out through the use of computer simulation exercises.
You will study the operational principles of instruments available so that you will be able to monitor parameters such as pressure, temperature and flow. This also includes advanced measurement techniques and experimental investigations relating to oil and natural gas engineering.
You will study the operational principles of instruments available so that you will be able to monitor parameters such as pressure, temperature and flow. This also includes advanced measurement techniques and experimental investigations relating to oil and natural gas engineering.
You must undertake a project on any aspect of the natural gas business. This can be either experimental or computational based. The project frequently relates to research work carried out in the University and in natural gas engineering.

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree in an engineering or scientific discipline.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score or above are proof of this with no individual element below 5.5.

International Students and Students who are Non EU/EEA/UK Nationals - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students and student who are not EU, EEA or UK nationals are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Suitable For

Suitable for engineering graduates or engineers and industrial practitioners who are interested in entering or progressing in the petroleum and gas industries.

You may have a first degree in engineering or a scientific discipline including geology and physics and will be keen to enter the gas or oil industry as an engineer.

You may also already have significant experience of working as an engineer in the gas and oil industry and wish to formalise your current position with an academic and professional qualification.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,332 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£16,920

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


Teaching will be carried out as formal lectures, laboratories, tutorials and workshops


Petroleum and Gas Engineering students are required to attend all of the modules. There are seven examination sessions. Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50% in the module programmes and in the course assessed work.

All laboratory and course assessed work must be submitted on time and to the required standard.

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50 % may proceed to MSc level. (120 Credits)

MSc Students must undertake a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. The project can frequently relate to research work already in the school and or natural gas engineering and management.

You will be assessed by both coursework 50% and examinations 50%

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Professor G G Nasr (MILASS, CEng, Eur Ing, FIGEM, FIMechE)

Ghasem Ghavami-Nasr is a full Professor with the Chair in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation in the School of Computing, Science & Engineering. He is Head of the Engineering Research Centre and Director of the Spray Research Group.

Ghasem has over 22 years academic and industrial experience which encompasses research, innovation, development, commercial and enterprise, curriculum development, management and resources. Expert in 'industrial' atomiser design, atomisation processes, spray characterisation and their formation, utilising advanced laser instrumentations, imaging techniques, process development, CFD modelling and NPD (New Product Development) with ergonomics and cognitive issues. Supporting businesses and commerce worldwide utilising these skills protracted over two decades. His work has application in nanotechnology, steel manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food, agriculture, aerospace, propulsion, humidification, automotive, decontamination, aerosol, medical etc.


Career Prospects

Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand of graduates with the types of skills and knowledge that this course offers, employment prospects are excellent.

Graduates can expect to enter or progress in industries such as petroleum, gas, process engineering, chemical or steel.

Links with Industry

This programme is strongly supported by major petroleum and gas engineering technology providers.

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