Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Petroleum and Gas Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

The oil and gas industry continues to power everyday life - and meet the growing appetite for energy.  Develop the skills to engineer and manage these precious resources with our MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering postgraduate degree.

Delivered by an expert academic team, this highly-focused course will enable you to explore the lifecycle of oil and gas engineering from both practical and theoretical viewpoints. With a strong career focus, the course content blends technical engineering knowledge with transferable skill development in areas such as problem-solving and project management.

Available with full-time and part-time study pathways, the course is recommended for engineering graduates seeking to open up career prospects in the oil or natural gas industry. It is also beneficial for experienced professionals who want to formalise their knowledge and skills with a postgraduate qualification.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Petroleum and Gas Engineering and speak to the course team

You will:

  • Develop a solid understanding of engineering processes involved in gas and oil supply as you explore exploration, drilling, production and delivery
  • Gain commercially-focused skills as you examine management systems, financial appraisal, legal framework and trading pattern economics
  • Complete computer simulation exercises and build competences in advanced measurement techniques and experimental investigations

students accepted

This is for you if...


You are an engineering or science-based graduate discipline looking to advance your skills for a career in the oil and gas industry


You are an engineer or industry practitioner keen to open up career progression by formalising your knowledge with a postgraduate qualification


You are engineering graduate looking to develop scientific and technical understanding of how natural resources are sourced and managed

Course details

All about the course

Gas pipeline

Course delivery

Grounded in subject expertise and industry-focused research, our MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering course is delivered through a range of highly-focused modules. The 180-credit MSc award comprises four taught modules, plus a research dissertation. The 120-credit PgDip comprises four taught modules. This programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Engineering Councils Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP).

Flexibility is at the heart of our learning approach. You can choose to study this postgraduate course full-time or part-time on campus, with start dates in January and September:

  • As a full-time student, you will complete taught modules in each of the first two trimesters on campus. You will complete a 60-credit research dissertation project during your final trimester
  • As a part-time student, you will complete modules in trimesters across two years of study. Across a second year of study, you will complete a 60-credit research dissertation project
Learning experience

Providing focus on the geological, operational and commercially-focused elements of the supply of oil and gas, our course offers practical and theoretical viewpoints.  We regularly review module content to ensure your acquired knowledge and skills reflect trends and industry needs.

Current course topics include petroleum economics, exploration, drilling, production, distribution, gas flow and network analysis, and operational measurement and investigation. The dissertation module is your opportunity to plan, manage and implement a project focused on an element of petroleum and gas engineering of your choice.  Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Course team


The Petroleum and Gas Engineering postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.

Course leader: Dr. Abubakar Abbas


Petroleum Economics and Project Management

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.

Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production

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.

Fundamentals of Natural Gas and Production Systems and Design

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.

Distribution, Transmission Systems and Design

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.

Gas Flow and Network Analysis

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.

Experimental and Measurement Methods

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.


This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to undertake high-level academic and practical work on researching an application, developing, evaluating or designing and critically assessing work relating to Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Gas Utilisation, Alternative Fuels (i.e. hydrogen), Energy, Carbon Capturing and Sustainability.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?






Teaching and learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

Interaction is face-to-face wherever practical, but we also use web-based learning support packages (databases of materials, discussion boards etc.) and there is a strong focus on guided self-learning.


Assessment is a blend of coursework (50%) and examinations (50%).  

MSc award students will complete a dissertation (60 credits) on any aspect of petroleum and gas, using either experimental or computational methods. 

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50% may proceed to study the MSc award level.



School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.


As a petroleum and gas engineering student, you will learn in our gas and petroleum laboratories. These facilities include high-tech laser equipment and well-equipped computer simulation software used for the analysis of petroleum and gas scenarios

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

An oil rig


The oil and gas industry is a major global employer. There are strong career prospects for postgraduates, and well-qualified engineers can command high salaries. Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand for postgraduates with oil and gas-focused skills and knowledge, the course can open up exciting career opportunities.

As a course graduate, you can expect to secure roles working in the energy sector, the oil and gas industry, process engineering or chemicals. Typical engineering-based roles include a focus on exploration, drilling and reservoir modelling. Alternative career routes in the sector can might consider include commercial management, distribution and supply.


You might also choose to take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. Home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities, the Spray Research Group at Salford has collaborated with over 120 multinational companies on fundamental, applied research, innovation management and enterprise. The Group won the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology” for its domestic aerosol valve spray which used inert gases to reduce the harmful emissions.

Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

A taste of what you could become

A petroleum engineer

A gas engineer

A commercial supply manager

A petroleum geologist

A reservoir engineer

And more...


What you need to know


This course is recommended for engineering-based graduates and industry professionals, seeking career development or progression opportunities in energy management or the oil and gas industry.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin their studies. You will need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions. 

If you have a query relating to ATAS, please contact:

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in engineering or science.

International student entry requirements

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

For more information or enquires about this scheme, please contact: 

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,820per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £18,990per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,470 per 30 credits
Full-time home 2023/24 £9,090per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £19,530per year
Part-time 2023/24 £1,515 per 30 credits

Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

January 2023

September 2023