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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 - £14,400 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.

Neither pre-requisite nor co-requisite modules are required at any stage.  The credit rating of all modules is 20 unless otherwise stated.

Year 1

Chemistry & Over view of Petroleum industry

Geology- Geophysics

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Structures & Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Materials & Petroleum Group Design 

Year 2

Reservoir Engineering

Drilling Engineering

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Thermodynamics - Fluid Mechanics

Structural Mechanics

Control Engineering & Petroleum Group Design 

Year 3


Industrial Placement

Year 4 (or 3 without industrial placement)

Petroleum Production Engineering

Industrial Management &  Project Preparation

Level 3 Project Part 2

Finite Element Analysis & Structural Mechanics

Open and Cased Hole Logging & Petroleum Economics

Energy Conservation & Management & Group Design Projects

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 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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