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Pipeline Integrity Management is a corporate validated award offered by Northumbria University in partnership with Penspen Ltd. as a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and a Masters (MSc). Read more
Pipeline Integrity Management is a corporate validated award offered by Northumbria University in partnership with Penspen Ltd. as a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and a Masters (MSc).

Each award must be studied in sequence; therefore all modules shown in the PG Cert and PG Dip must be completed before the Masters Project may be studied. For more information on the PGCert and PGDip portions of this course, please view the relevant hyperlinks below:
PGCert - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/pipeline-integrity-management-dtpimp6/

PGDip - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/pipeline-integrity-management-dtppip6/

Oil and gas are the world’s major sources of primary energy, and 3,500,000 km of large diameter, high pressure pipelines transport most of these hydrocarbons around the world. The pipelines carry vast quantities of energy and represent big business; for example, a large pipeline transporting 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day, with oil priced at $US100/barrel, will deliver $US36.5 billion of oil each year!

Many of these pipelines are ageing – they are typically over 30 years old - but are required to operate for many more decades to meet increasing demand, and as new sources of oil and gas are discovered. Hence, their ‘integrity’ (safety and security of supply) is a major challenge for their operators. Pipelines have an excellent safety record, but failures do occur, sometimes with tragic consequences.

There is a shortage of skilled pipeline engineers in the world today, together with an increasing need, as the pipelines continue to age, for pipeline engineers with specific skills in pipeline integrity. This distance learning course enables students to understand and apply the theory and practice of pipeline integrity engineering in a work-based environment. The course aims to produce highly skilled and professional graduates in key aspects of pipeline integrity - in particular ensuring the continued safety of ageing pipelines.

This is the first course of its kind and a market-leader, its development primarily driven by the skills-crisis within the industry. The masters typically takes 36 months to complete (PG Dip + 12 months) and is available with January and September starts. It is achieved after completing a total of 180 credits (the PG Dip 120 credits in Integrity Assessments, Land Pipeline Engineering, Pipelines and Geohazards, Pipelines Risk and Materials Technology, plus a further 60 credits from the MSc Project).

On completion of the course, students will have relevant skills in dealing with the special problems facing pipelines: assessing pipeline damage, assessing risk, and corrosion problems, as well as general knowledge in pipeline engineering. The course presents a holistic view of pipeline integrity, which ensures students understand the history, theory, and foundations of the technologies they will use.

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Offshore engineering is a rapidly developing discipline. In addition to its traditional relevance to the oil & gas industry, it is expanding to embrace the novel engineering challenges presented by the offshore renewable energy industry. Read more

Offshore engineering is a rapidly developing discipline. In addition to its traditional relevance to the oil & gas industry, it is expanding to embrace the novel engineering challenges presented by the offshore renewable energy industry. This expansion in scope has been answered at Cranfield University by developing a new state-of-the-art, up-to-date MSc in Offshore Engineering, exploiting Cranfield University's strong track record in offshore renewable energy projects.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for engineering, maths or science graduates who wish to specialise in Offshore Engineering. It develops professional engineers and scientists with the multidisciplinary skills and ability to analyse current and future offshore energy engineering problems.

Cranfield’s MSc in Offshore Engineering is able to provide the new skills needed across this fast developing sector, together with the fundamental engineering understanding necessary, whatever the application. Exciting new disciplines taught in this MSc include advanced operation and maintenance of offshore assets; Health, Safety, Security and Environment; and Risk and Reliability. Students applying for this MSc will be able to choose between two routes: one focusing on detailed engineering aspects, and the other focusing on offshore asset management. Graduates with an MSc in Offshore Engineering will be able to work in a range of different industries including offshore renewables, oil & gas, aquaculture systems and beyond.

Why this course?

Providing a stable, secure and financially viable energy supply is a fundamental issue impacting our homes and workplaces. Cranfield’s expertise relates to all the potential solutions; from our ongoing relationship with oil and gas, to our developing reliance on renewable energy in the world around us.

Key advantages:

  • Projects with industry: Through our group and individual projects our students have regular contact with potential employers.
  • Learning from the best academics: We attract top-quality staff from across the world, many of whom are world-leading in their area of expertise. The diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences creates a rich teaching and research environment.
  • Outstanding facilities: We have exceptional facilities, many of which are unique in the university sector. Our impressive on-site pilot-scale facilities include gas turbines and high-pressure combustion rigs, a structural integrity laboratory and an ocean systems laboratory.
  • Research-informed teaching: We’re actively researching offshore renewables, oil and gas engineering, the production and the clean use of fossil fuels.
  • Networking opportunities: Our considerable network of contacts gives you the opportunity to build useful connections with industry.
  • Industry relevant courses: We design our courses with employers to combine high-calibre teaching with practical work experience, giving you an unparalleled competitive edge. The relevance and appropriateness of the MSc content is reviewed by an Industrial Advisory Panel; a group of key figures in relevant industries (i.e. Shell, Society of Underwater Technology, ABS).

Informed by Industry

We have a world class reputation for our industrial-scale research and pilot-scale demonstration programmes in the energy sector. Close engagement with the energy and transport sectors over the last 20 years has produced long-standing strategic partnerships with these sectors' most prominent players. Our strategic links with industry ensures that all of the material taught on your course is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the energy sector. This industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for energy companies to recruit from.

Course details

The taught programme for the Offshore Engineering masters is generally delivered from October to February and is comprised of eight modules.

Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.

Group project

The group project is an applied, multidisciplinary, team-based activity. Often solving real-world, industry-based problems, students are provided with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Transferable skills such as team work, self-reflection and clear communication are also developed.

Individual project

The individual project is the chance for students to focus on an area of particular interest to them and their future career. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Thesis Co-ordinator and their Course Director. These projects provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research; think and work in an original way; contribute to knowledge; and overcome genuine problems in the offshore industry. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.


Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (or dissertation for part-time students), and individual project 40%.

Your career

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in the extremely exciting and challenging fields of offshore oil and gas exploration, underwater engineering, pipeline engineering, risk management in offshore and marine operations, and the emerging offshore renewable energy industry. The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the domestic market; Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.

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