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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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    23 January 2020

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Brunel University London provides this world-leading MSc degree for the next generation of oil and gas engineers.

This unique, industry-focused MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering is delivered at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility based at Granta Park, near Cambridge.

The aim of this postgraduate engineering degree is to develop you into a highly sought after oil and gas engineering specialist with the skills to rapidly design and commission oilfield installations to meet energy demands.

Our Oil and Gas Engineering MSc focuses on the design of oil and gas structures. You will gain a sound understanding and in-depth knowledge of oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation.

NSIRC is a unique academia-industry collaboration located within the headquarters of TWI. Here you'll find dedicated teaching and research laboratories including 15 million pounds worth of state-of-the-art equipment. You will benefit from access to a range of leading and industry relevant software packages, as well as an on-site high performance computing facility to run high-fidelity and complex numerical simulation to support your experimental work. As a Cambridge-based student, you’ll also have access to all the course-related facilities at Brunel and will enjoy regular organised visits to the Brunel University London campus.

Based within an industrial environment, there are excellent opportunities for networking, together with undertaking applied research on real engineering projects. Combined with the benefits of living in the Cambridge area, which includes historical, cultural and social attractions, NSIRC attracts international students and practising engineers, thus greatly enhancing your learning experience.

Brunel’s Oil and Gas Engineering MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). It can be studied either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences & TWI are offering the NSIRC scholarship for Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students starting the full-time or part-time MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering in September 2019. 

Course content

The course is delivered in intensive module blocks typically over two weeks, with 35 hours of contact time. Full-time students will study four modules in the first term, and four in the second. You will then work on your industry-driven dissertation which represents about four months of full-time effort. Your dissertation project will address a challenge or problem relevant to the oil and gas sector.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.


  • Applied Engineering Mathematics
  • Design and Construction of Installations
  • Dynamics of Petroleum Structures
  • Multiphase Flow Fundamentals and Flow Assurance
  • Petroleum Production Fundamentals
  • Reliability Engineering and Risk Management
  • Structural Integrity and FEA
  • Structural Materials
  • Dissertation

Teaching and Learning

Our oil and gas engineering degree is delivered by multidisciplinary lecturers with a broad range of skills, and you’ll also learn and work alongside leading engineering academics and industrial experts at TWI.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing sessions, laboratory sessions, independent research, and individual and group project work.

You are provided with a Brunel laptop and can access licensed engineering software. This means, as a ‘mobile learner’, you will carry out guided self-study outside of teaching contact time.

Assessment and feedback

Your work will be assessed through coursework, technical reports, research assignments, oral presentations, structured debates, individual and group projects, exams and your dissertation project.

Careers and your future

There is a global shortage of qualified specialists in the oil and gas sector, and skilled professionals are enjoying rising salaries.

Our graduates find employment in oilfield services companies, engineering consulting or with upstream oil and gas producers and downstream refineries.

We actively encourage graduates from this MSc degree to continue their studies through a PhD. A number of projects are available through the NSIRC route.

Ask Brunel

Visit the Oil and Gas Engineering - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!