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Course summary

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.

  • 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


Modules include: Petroleum economics and project management; geology, exploration, drilling and production; fundamentals of natural gas and production systems and design; distribution, transmission systems and design; gas flow and network analysis; project/dissertation; experimental and measurement methods.

Assessment method

Students are required to attend all of the modules. There are 7 examination sessions. Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50 per cent 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 per cent may proceed to MSc level. MSc students must undertake a dissertation 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. Students will be assessed by both coursework 50 per cent and examinations 50 per cent.

How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

2:2 degree in an engineering or scientific discipline. 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Study awards include: Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship; University of Salford student loyalty discount; Country bursary scheme (for International students only).

Petroleum and Gas Engineering at University of Salford - UCAS