Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Gas Engineering and Management

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Two year

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September 2019

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In a nutshell

Developed as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the course is relevant for engineering graduates who intend to enter or enhance their career prospects in the petroleum or natural gas industry.

The accredited course cover all aspects of gas resourcing and technology and explores the management and distribution of gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints. Alongside this specialised knowledge of natural gas, you will also develop a range of transferable skills, such as mathematical analysis, problem-solving, communications and laboratory skills.

On completion, you may be eligible to join the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers or Society of Petroleum Engineers which may enable you to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

You will:
  • Build specialist knowledge to pursue a variety of careers in the natural gas/oil industry
  • Increase your skills and technical knowledge in all aspects of gas technology and associated gas business management
  • Understand the utilisation of natural gas in terms of combustion, spray and atomisation
  • Develop associated gas business management skills relevant to contemporary commercial practices
  • Complete your studies in advanced spray and combustion laboratories

students accepted

This is for you if...


You're a graduate from an appropriate engineering discipline looking to develop specialist knowledge in gas engineering and management


You're a professional with four years relevant industrial or professional experience looking to gain advanced qualifications


You're interested in learning how the commercial gas industry works

Course details

All about the course

This MSc programme is delivered over one year full-time, or two years part-time. The course consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project module. A nine-month PgDip pathway is also available.

In semester one, you'll explore the fundamental of natural gas, building an understanding of key geological processes, exploration, drilling, and production. You'll also business and project gas management. In the second semester, you'll study the utilisation of natural gas mad its distribution and transmission, which will provide you with specialist knowledge of gas supply.

Following this, you'll bring together all of your learning to conduct high-level coordinated academic and practical work to form your final dissertation assessment. The project often relates to current research in 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.

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.

Business and Project Gas Management

This module will give you a thorough knowledge and understanding in relation to the project management of modern gas engineering industry. You will cover topics such as quality management systems, managing and developing people, business finance, demand, legal frameworks, organisational management, project management and sales contracts.

Utilisation of Natural Gas

You will gain knowledge and skills about the utilisation of natural gas in terms of combustion flames, combustion technology, gas burner designs, sprays and atomisation, commercial markets and safety, including temperature processes relating to natural gas engineering.

Distribution and Transmission Systems and design of Natural Gas

This module will teach you to apply your knowledge to gas distribution systems and gain a thorough understanding of the design and operation of gas transmission systems.

Gas Flow and Network Analysis

You will apply knowledge to gas distribution systems and gain a thorough understanding of the design and operation of gas transmission systems.

MSc Project

You must undertake a dissertation on any aspect of the natural gas business. This can be in the form of either experimental or computational based. The project can frequently relate to research work already in the school and natural gas engineering.

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. Students benefit from the supply of a range of high-quality teaching materials and software. 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 (30%) and examinations (70%).  MSc Students must complete a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. 


School of Science, Engineering and Environment.

We want to transform quality of life and the wellbeing of future generations by nurturing professionals and researchers empowered to create an inclusive, sustainable future. From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shape the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

Our facilities

The Petroleum and Gas Division has three well-equipped laboratories for teaching and learning of the fundamentals of petroleum and gas engineering.  The facilities, including the Advanced Petrol and Fracking Lab and Spray Research Group Lab benefit undergraduate and postgraduate petroleum, gas and mechanical engineering students. They are also used for postgraduate research and industrial consultancy work.

The Spray Research Group Lab provides advanced facilities with high-tech laser equipment. The petroleum and gas department also has a well-equipped computer simulation laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used for the analysis of petroleum and gas scenarios.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand of graduates with the types of skills and knowledge that this course offers, employment prospects are excellent. Graduates can expect to enter or progress in industries such as petroleum, gas, process engineering, chemical or steel.

Further study

Some of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world-class research and provide industry with guidance and expertise in 21st-century technology for business success and economic growth. Research at the Centre is supported by EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission funding, as well as direct investment from industry.  

The Spray Research Group (SRG) at the Centre has collaborated with over 120 multi-national 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.

A taste of what you could become

A gas engineer

A gas business manager

A petroleum engineer

A gas technician

And more...

Career Links

This programme is strongly supported by major petroleum and gas engineering technology providers. Salford has strong links with industry covering companies that span the gas and petroleum industry. These links have developed through collaborative research and development projects, or via the commercial testing of products/components. The knowledge gained through these engagements all feed into teaching and learning, and help to connect learning to real-world scenarios.


What you need to know

English Language Requirements

International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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

What qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for those from a British University with Engineering and Scientific disciplines is 2:2 degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Applications from practitioners without formal qualifications but with significant experience of the criminal justice system may also be considered via our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,208per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £17,460per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,368 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

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