Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Petroleum and Gas Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2020


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 oil or natural gas industry.

The course explores the geology, exploration, drilling, production (surface and subsurface), reservoir engineering and management, distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints. Alongside this specialised knowledge of natural resources, 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:
  • Explore gas and oil exploration, drilling, production and delivery
  • Learn to make management and scientific design making and problem-solving
  • Understand the distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints
  • Have the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Enhance your career prospects in the oil and gas industries

students accepted

This is for you if...


You're an engineering or science graduate discipline keen to enter the gas or oil industry as an engineer


You're an engineer or industrial practitioner interested in formalising your current position with a professional qualification


You're interested in learning how natural resources are sourced and managed

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 petroleum economics and project management, building an understanding of key geological processes, exploration, drilling, and production. In the second semester, you'll study the fundamentals of natural gas and production systems and design, which will provide you with specialist knowledge of gas supply, LPG technology, and treatments of crude natural gas. 

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 oil and gas engineering.


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. 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 (50%) and examinations (50%).  Students are required to attend all of the modules. There are seven examination sessions.

Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50% in the module programmes and in the course assessed work.  MSc Students must complete a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. 

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50% may proceed to MSc level. (120 Credits)



School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants, and conservationists.

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.


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.

Academic profile

Professor G G Nasr (MILASS, CEng, Eur Ing, FIGEM, FIMechE)

Ghasem Ghavami-Nasr is a full Professor with the Chair in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering. Holding over 22 years academic and industrial experience, he is Head of the Engineering Research Centre and Director of the Spray Research Group. He leads research, innovation, development, commercial and enterprise, curriculum development and management.

Ghasem is an expert in 'industrial' atomiser design, atomisation processes, spray characterisation and their formation, utilising advanced laser instrumentations, imaging techniques, process development, CFD modelling and NPD (New Product Development) with ergonomics and cognitive issues. His work has application in nanotechnology, steel manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food, agriculture, aerospace, propulsion, humidification, automotive, decontamination, aerosol, medical etc.

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.


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 petroleum engineer

A gas engineer

A geoscientist

A petroleum geologist

A reservoir engineer

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


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 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. 

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,460per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £18,540per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,410 per 30 credits
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for International students 2020/21

To celebrate the University of Salford's teaching and research success in energy engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for the Petrol and Gas Masters International Excellence Scholarship of £5,000.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021