Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering

School of Computing, Science & Engineering


With placement


Three year

Four year


September 2019

Next enrolment

In a nutshell

Blending classical mechanical engineering content, with the specialisms connected to oil and gas production engineering, our unique course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to build a career in the petrochemical industry.

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). This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to become a Chartered Engineer.

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

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a keen interest in mechanical and petroleum engineering and desire a future career in this field


You enjoy using technology to find solutions to challenges


You have good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic


You want a degree with professional status

Course details

All about the course

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, essential modules explore engineering in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering structures and dynamics.

During year two, you will progress to explore specialist elements, including reservoir engineering, drilling and control engineering, and structural mechanics.

In year three, you'll take your knowledge to an advanced level, with modules including energy conservation and management, petroleum production engineering and finite element analysis. You'll also complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual project.

Industrial Placement Option

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final report. By competing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your 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 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:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics.

Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Mechanical lab

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

Aerodynamics lab

Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Composite material lab

This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control and dynamics lab

Contains flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.


The Petroleum and Gas Division has three well equipped laboratories for teaching and learning of the fundamentals of Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

The facilities include:

The Spray Research Group Lab

The £1 million Spray Lab will provide new facilities with high-tech laser equipment for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Petroleum and Gas Engineering and in petroleum research.

Petroleum and Combustion Engineering Lab
  • Drilling fluid characterisation equipment
  • Interfacial Tension (IFT) Measurement
  • Vapour pressure (SetVap)
  • Gas chromatograph
  • Boys non-recording calorimeter
  • Pressure gauge calibration (dead weight tester)
  • Combustion gas analysis equipment
  • Fusion Welding equipment
  • Small domestic meter calibration rig
  • Simmance Bell (relative density)
  • Gas metering chamber
Computer Simulation Laboratory

The Petroleum and Gas Division has a well-equipped computer laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used in industry for the analysis of petroleum and gas scenarios:

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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 fast-track entry to careers in a wide range of engineering roles. You may choose to focus your career in product design, manufacturing, or even the operation and maintenance of complex power stations.

Many opportunities exist in automotives, aerospace, petrochemicals, transport and energy sectors, as well as organisations such as the armed forces. Graduates from the course pursue employment in petroleum and gas engineering, mechanical process and design engineering, and chemical engineering.

Further study

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a sizeable fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A petroleum/gas engineer

A mechanical engineer

A design engineer

A chemical engineer

And more...

Career Links

Industry placements can form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to enhance your development in an industrial setting.

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with the petrochemicals industry.

External validation of the course content recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession. Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice
  • Increased earning potential
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities

What you need to know

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component

  • ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • Other: University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)
Applicant Profile

Students can join the programme from the variety of disciplines and A Level skills in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or BTEC in Engineering.

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. Please contact Ghasem Nasr for further information.

Standard Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points

112 - 120 points

GCE A level

112 - 120 points including Mathematics at grade C and a numerate science at grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM with engineering with Distinction in maths modules.

Scottish Highers

112 - 120 points; Advanced Higher Maths and Numerate Science at grade C, Higher Maths and Physics or Design Technology at grade A.

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points at Higher Level including Physics and Maths

International Baccalaureate

31 points with Grade 5 in Physics and Mathematics Higher level

Access to HE

A minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 60 credits overall. Pass with 112 to 120 UCAS points achieved. Distinctions in numerate modules required. Mature students without such qualifications may be considered for admission using the University’s procedures for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Previous Experiential Learning (APEL)

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Additional costs

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

Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the Mason Family, applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West England; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H8H3

Institution S03