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Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H8H3

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time 
Four years with industrial placement


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and Energy Institute
  • Overall satisfaction with this course was 100% (Source: NSS 2015)
  • Apply the practical knowledge acquired with an optional industrial placement position
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course contains classical mechanical engineering content, with the main emphasis on structural mechanics and control, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, energy conservation, engineering design, geology and geophysics, drilling oil and gas wells, oil and gas production engineering and reservoir engineering.

This unique course will enable you to acquire substantial knowledge and understanding of dealing with the complex multi-tasking issues in the process, design and management of the related petro-chemical and mechanical engineering industry.

There is also the choice to complete an appropriate period of industrial experience. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title. The Engineering Institutions will normally accept this period on industrial placement as appropriate training which will assist you in gaining Chartered status. You can also choose to work abroad or in the European Union through the ERASMUS scheme. You will arrange your placement with our support.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite modules are not required at any stage.  Each module is worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1    

Gain a general knowledge and a brief history of the petroleum industry. You will build systematic understanding and critical awareness of the gas properties and physical and chemical equilibria, in addition to the fundamentals of organic chemistry.
Enhance your knowledge of geology and geophysics. On this module, you will explore different geological methods, structure traps and exploration techniques.
Take your knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis to a level ready to study engineering modules. You will learn how to apply your acquired mathematics skills to help solve engineering challenges.
You will gain knowledge, develop understanding and build skills in the principles of vibration analysis and three dimensional vector mechanics.
Develop an understanding of the basic concepts of Engineering Thermodynamics. You will be introduce to 0th, 1st and 2nd Laws and the implications of these on prime mover performance. You will develop skills in handling thermodynamic concepts enabling the definition and analysis of thermodynamic systems. This module content will also introduce you to Fluid Mechanics.
Experience the interactive nature of engineering design, including commercial influences and reporting. You will explore petroleum engineering software applications used for problem solving. You will learn the basic properties and applications of materials, explore the relationship between microstructure and understand the mechanical properties of materials and the mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection.

Year 2  

Build a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the basic principles of reservoir engineering. You will study rock and fluid properties, volumetric calculations in addition to reservoir surveillance and well testing analysis.
Explore the operational principles of drilling oil and gas wells, including well control aspects.
Develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis relevant to engineering applications. Gain the confidence to apply your skills to tackle advanced engineering challenges.
Receive a solid introduction thermodynamic analysis of systems employing phase changing fluids. You will develop an appreciation of turbomachinery and reciprocating air compressors. You will explore the principles of heat transfer and the concepts of boundary layer theory.
Become proficient in the application of theory of beam deflections, instability, three dimensional stress analysis and criteria for strength. You will develop an understanding of the Direct Stiffness method, the nature of elastic stability, the need for failure criterion and the nature of plastic strain.
Study the elements of control theory and control engineering. You will receive knowledge about the interactive nature of petroleum engineering design, including business and commercial influences. You will develop core skills in communications, group dynamics, interview techniques and managing projects. You will also develop CAD and IT skills to support communication and data analytics.

Year 3  

You will develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the production and operations relating to oil and gas engineering, including artificial lift technology and designs.
Receive an introduction to the commercial issues facing engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems. You will prepare and deliver a project, work independently, become more competent in analysis and develop effective communication skills.
Develop your ability to work independently through a series of structured programmes. You will build competence in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from the programme and gain the confidence to communicate outcomes effectively through written reports and presentations.
Explore finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will become aware of the principles of finite element analysis, learn how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and know how to interpret the results of the analysis.
Build a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the operational principles of down hole well logging and electrical geophysical well loggings techniques. Key areas of focus include wireline tools types and logging measurements.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 112 - 120 points
GCE A level 112 - 120 points including Mathematics at grade C and a Numerate Science at grade C. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DMM with Engineering with Distinction in Maths modules.
Scottish Highers 112 - 120 points; Advanced Higher Maths and Numerate Science at grade C, Higher Maths and Physics or Design Technology at grade A.
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points at Higher Level including Physics and Maths
International Baccalaureate 31 points with Grade 5 in Physics and Mathematics Higher level
Access to HE A minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 60 credits overall. Pass with 112 to 120 UCAS points achieved. Distinctions in numerate modules required. Mature students without such qualifications may be considered for admission using the University’s procedures for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Previous Experiential Learning (APEL)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Other: University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)

Applicant profile

Students can join the programme from the variety of disciplines and A Level skills in Mathematics, physics, chemistry or BTEC in Engineering.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Ghasem Nasr for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year


Traditional lectures in a classroom, with PowerPoint presentations and videos and reference to laboratory work, demonstrations and specialised software as applicable.


Assessment will be in the form of individual assignments, coursework,  laboratories or exams or combination of these four components of the assessment.


Career Prospects

Graduates from the programme can get employment in petroleum and gas engineering, mechanical process and design engineering, chemical engineering and Energy sectors

Links with Industry

There is an industrial placement tutor within the Division who deals with large group companies to obtain placements for students.

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