Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



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Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

A steady supply of energy is crucial to everyday life. Despite the growth of renewable sources, the world is still reliant on petrochemical supplies to support homes and businesses.  Blending classical mechanical engineering content, with the specialisms connected to oil and gas production engineering, this unique Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering degree course will equip you with the knowledge and skills, so you're ready to build a career in the global petrochemical industry.

Salford is a leading regional UK centre for engineering. A gateway to professional status, our petroleum and mechanical engineering course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), and the Energy Institute (EI), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.

Delivered over three years – or four with a placement year, you’ll study a suite of modules designed to embed theoretical knowledge and creative application to help you become a world-class engineer. With a focus on real-world problems solving, you'll explore how to apply using technology to find solutions for petrochemicial-related engineering challenges.

You will:
  • Develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills towards Chartered Engineer status
  • Learn about the social, legal and environmental issues associated with petrochemical engineering
  • Understand the complex issues in the process, design and management of the related petrochemicals and mechanical engineering industries
  • Complete experiments and project work in specialised spray and chemical engineering laboratories
  • Choose to take an industry placement year to increase your professional engineering skills

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
Institute of Mechanical Engineers logo
Energy Institute Logo
Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers logo

This is for you if...


You're interested in petrochemical engineering and desire a future career in this global industry


You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college


You're fascinated by the opportunities in engineering and want a degree with professional status

Course details

All about the course

Having the ability to apply technical detail is at the heart of engineering, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies. Our accredited Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering degree is designed to equip you with technical and commercial leadership in petrochemicals and a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards expected by society, the profession and the environment.

Our accredited petroleum and mechanical engineering degree is designed to equip you with technical and commercial leadership and a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards.  In year one, you'll cover a range of engineering essentials in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, structures and dynamics.

As you progress into year two, you'll begin exploring specialist elements related to petrochemicals, including reservoir engineering, drilling and control engineering, and structural mechanics. In your final year three, you'll take your knowledge to an advanced level, looking at energy conservation and management, petroleum production engineering and finite element analysis. You'll also complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual project.


Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections.  On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.

Year one

Chemistry and Petroleum Industry Overview

Gain a general knowledge and a brief history of the petroleum industry. You will build a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the gas properties and physical and chemical equilibria, in addition to the fundamentals of organic chemistry.

Geology and Geophysics

Enhance your knowledge of geology and geophysics. On this module, you will explore different geological methods, structure traps and exploration techniques.

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.

Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.

Engineering Materials and Petroleum Group Design

Experience the interactive nature of engineering design, including commercial influences and reporting. You will explore petroleum engineering software applications used for problem solving. You will learn the basic properties and applications of materials, explore the relationship between microstructure and understand the mechanical properties of materials and the mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection.

Year two

Reservoir Engineering

Build a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the basic principles of reservoir engineering. You will study rock and fluid properties, volumetric calculations in addition to reservoir surveillance and well testing analysis.

Drilling Engineering

Explore the operational principles of drilling oil and gas wells, including well control aspects.

Engineering Mathematics (year 2)

Develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis relevant to engineering applications. Gain the confidence to apply your skills to tackle advanced engineering challenges.

Engineering Thermodynamics - Fluid Mechanics 2

Receive a solid introduction thermodynamic analysis of systems employing phase changing fluids. You will develop an appreciation of turbomachinery and reciprocating air compressors. You will explore the principles of heat transfer and the concepts of boundary layer theory.

Structural Mechanics

Become proficient in the application of theory of beam deflections, instability, three dimensional stress analysis and criteria for strength. You will develop an understanding of the Direct Stiffness method, the nature of elastic stability, the need for failure criterion and the nature of plastic strain.

Control Engineering and Petroleum Group Design

Study the elements of control theory and control engineering. You will receive knowledge about the interactive nature of petroleum engineering design, including business and commercial influences. You will develop core skills in communications, group dynamics, interview techniques and managing projects. You will also develop CAD and IT skills to support communication and data analytics.

Year three

Petroleum Production Engineering

You will develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the production and operations relating to oil and gas engineering, including artificial lift technology and designs.

Level 3 Project Part 2

Develop your ability to work independently through a series of structured programmes. You will build competence in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from the programme and gain the confidence to communicate outcomes effectively through written reports and presentations.

Finite Element Analysis and Structural Mechanics

Explore finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will become aware of the principles of finite element analysis, learn how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and know how to interpret the results of the analysis.

Open and Cased Hole Logging and Petroleum Economics

Build a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the operational principles of down hole well logging and electrical geophysical well logging techniques. Key areas of focus include wireline tool types and logging measurements.

Industrial Management and Project Preparation

This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.

Energy Conservation & Management and Group Design Projects

Awaiting description

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?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory activities


You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

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The Spray Research Laboratories provide new facilities with high-tech laser equipment. The Petroleum and Combustion Engineering Laboratory features a range of advanced teaching and research equipment including: drilling fluid characterisation,Interfacial Tension (IFT) Measurement, Vapour pressure (SetVap), combustion gas analysis and a gas metering chamber

The Computer Simulation Laboratory features a well-equipped computer laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used in industry for the analysis of petroleum and gas scenarios.

The Mechanical Laboratoryis used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

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What about after uni?

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be closer to realising your ambition to work in mechanical engineering. As this course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for Chartered Engineer status requirement, you can enhance your career prospects through professional registration and institution memberships.

A petroleum and mechanical engineering degree with Salford provides a gateway to careers in a wide range of engineering roles. Graduates from the course pursue employment in petroleum and gas engineering, mechanical process and design engineering, and chemical engineering.


You might find you want to learn more about engineering and petrochemicals, so we offer a range of specialist postgraduate courses to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

A petroleum/gas engineer

A mechanical engineer

A petrochemicals consultant

A chemical engineer

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from energy, engineering and technology. The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry in the North West and beyond.

External validation of the course content recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession. Continued collaboration with the professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships.


What you need to know


We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines, including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. 


Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112-120 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science 

A level

112-120 UCAS points, to include a grade C in Mathematics and a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from Engineering or Science subjects, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules

Access to HE

Pass with 112-120 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules

Scottish Highers

112-120 UCAS points to include Mathematics and Physics or Design Technology, grade C for Advanced Higher level or grade A at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate

112-120 UCAS points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

European Baccaluareate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering

International Baccalaureate

30 points with 14 from Higher Level subjects, including grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H8H3

Institution S03