Program Overview

Brunel University London provides this world-leading MSc degree with scholarships for the next generation of oil and gas engineers.
This unique, industry-focused MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering is delivered at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility based at Granta Park, near Cambridge.
The aim of this postgraduate engineering degree is to develop you into a highly sought after oil and gas engineering specialist with the skills to rapidly design and commission oilfield installations to meet energy demands.
Our Oil and Gas Engineering MSc focuses on the design of oil and gas structures. You will gain a sound understanding and in-depth knowledge of oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation.
NSIRC is a unique academia-industry collaboration located within the headquarters of TWI. Here you'll find dedicated teaching and research laboratories including 15 million pounds worth of state-of-the-art equipment. You will benefit from access to a range of leading and industry-relevant software packages, as well as an on-site high-performance computing facility to run high-fidelity and complex numerical simulation to support your experimental work. As a Cambridge-based student, you’ll also have access to all the course-related facilities at Brunel and will enjoy regular organised visits to the Brunel University London campus.
Based within an industrial environment, there are excellent opportunities for networking, together with undertaking applied research on real engineering projects. Combined with the benefits of living in the Cambridge area, which includes historical, cultural and social attractions, NSIRC attracts international students and practising engineers, thus greatly enhancing your learning experience.
Brunel’s Oil and Gas Engineering MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences & TWI are offering the NSIRC scholarship for Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students starting the full-time MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering in September 2022.


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  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 20,450




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The course is delivered in intensive module blocks typically over two weeks, with 35 hours of contact time. Students will study four modules in the first term, and four in the second. You will then work on your industry-driven dissertation which represents about four months of full-time effort. Your dissertation project will address a challenge or problem relevant to the oil and gas sector.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.
Year 1

  • ME5621 - Structural Materials
  • This module aims providing an understanding of failure of materials and structures used in offshore applications. The module includes topics such as fracture mechanics and fatigue for pipelines, offshore and onshore structures, selection and testing of materials, degradation due to service conditions, corrosion and corrosion protection, fail-safety, and damage tolerance. Laboratories are included in the module to cover material testing aspects.
  • ME5622 - Structural Integrity and FEA
  • This module aims to provide knowledge of structural analysis methods including error assessment, defect assessment, failure criteria relevant to pipelines, and floating and fixed steel structures. At the core of the module is the development of key skills in finite element analysis of structures. The module includes lectures and practical computer sessions to cover fundamental topics and a selection of applications in structural and finite element analysis.
  • ME5623 - Multiphase Flow Fundamentals and Flow Assurance
  • This module introduces the fundamentals of multiphase flows and issues related to flow assurance of hydrocarbon mixtures. The module also aims to introduce the theory and predictive models for pressure drop, transition between flow patterns and heat transfer in two phase flows.
  • ME5634 - Petroleum Production Fundamentals
  • This module aims to develop knowledge and an understanding of the fundamentals of how hydrocarbons are extracted, production processes, fundamental geoscience and physics, reservoir fluids, flows in porous media, the relationship between properties of hydrocarbons to process and temperature, and the effects of process equipment to those. The module includes contemporary issues including shale oil and gas and fracking.
  • ME5635 - Dynamics of Petroleum Structures
  • This module aims at the development of knowledge, understanding and skills for the prediction and analysis of the dynamic response of onshore and offshore structures under external dynamic loading conditions such as wave and wind forces. The module aims to enhance the student’s perception on the dynamic behaviour of deformable bodies and introduce the concepts of vibration theory and wave motion, and to introduce students to the principles of the dynamic response of offshore and onshore structures under the influence of dynamic excitation such as wave, wind and earthquake loading.
  • ME5636 - Design and Construction of Installations
  • The module includes the engineering aspects of onshore, pipelines and offshore structures including geotechnical and structural engineering approaches, codes of practise and standards for construction to prevent failure. In addition it includes engineering project management techniques, contractor selection and management, investment appraisal, testing and commissioning.
  • ME5637 - Reliability Engineering and Risk Management
  • This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of sources of risk in oil and gas production facilities, to develop students’ knowledge of risk mitigation by reliability engineering and risk management, and to develop students’ skills in critically assessing qualitative and quantitative approaches to risk management and mitigation in oil and gas production, including advanced techniques in reliability engineering and an ability to apply them to structural analysis and safety of existing and proposed systems.
  • ME5639 - Applied Engineering Mathematics
  • This module will extend the mathematical background of students and provide underpinning mathematical concepts for all other modules interms of advanced numerical methods for solving differential equations along with the use of advanced linear algebra operations in an appropriate software environment. The module content and teaching of those techniques and methodologies will be in the context of oil and gas engineering and will be based on relevant physical examples.
  • ME5638 - Dissertation
  • The dissertation aims to provide students with an opportunity to plan and execute a major professional project leading to a dissertation containing original work, to develop their communications, time management, research and development skills, to articulate their knowledge gained in their undergraduate programme and during the earlier parts of the MSc programme, and to work independently in consultation with their academic supervisor.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

2022/23 entry
£9,935 full-time
£4,965 part-time
£20,450 full-time
£10,225 part-time
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

There is a global shortage of qualified specialists in the oil and gas sector, and skilled professionals are enjoying rising salaries.
Our graduates find employment in oilfield services companies, engineering consulting or with upstream oil and gas producers and downstream refineries.
We actively encourage graduates from this MSc degree to continue their studies through a PhD. A number of projects are available through the NSIRC route.


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