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Gas Energy (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

The Gas Energy MSc postgraduate course explores the role of energy supply from gas in the UK and abroad, both in terms of its use as an energy source and its potential for driving the UK and overseas economies. This course considers issues relating to extraction, production and transmission of gas, and explores the broader aspects of gas-based energy systems - carbon capture and storage, process safety and the policy implications. Graduates can expect to be employed by producers and distributors of natural gas, energy companies and the financial sector dealing with natural gas, in technical, consultancy and management roles.

Natural gas plays a vital role in how the UK generates heat and electricity. It is already being deployed to a significant extent and is likely to be increasingly important in the global energy mix. As conventional sources of natural gas dwindle, producers are turning to other sources such as shale gas and biogas to ensure affordable and secure supplies. This presents a tremendous opportunity to extend the lifetime of the production of affordable low carbon heat and power from gas. Major challenges still exist however with respect to production/extraction technologies, costs, environmental impacts and regulations.

Course overview

The Gas Energy MSc is one of a suite of energy courses within the School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood.

This course develops the highly skilled scientists and engineers demanded by the rapidly evolving gas industry. Our students are equipped with the subject specific technical know-how combined with the ability to assess uncertainty, risk and environmental issues in order to keep pace with technological developments and ensure sustainability in the field.

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, an integrated group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules, a project and a personal development portfolio.

Individual Project

The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real business or industrial challenges in gas energy.


The MSc comprises eight assessed modules consisting of lectures, practical work and site visits.

Core -

Safety Risk and Reliability Offshore
Fuels and Energy Conversion
Energy Production Emissions Control, Carbon Capture and Transport
Energy Policy, Markets and Futures
Conventional and Unconventional Gas Production
Inspection and Maintenance
Technology and Project Management
Pipelines and Gas Processing


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


Bursaries, scholarships and other forms of funding (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/studying-at-cranfield/fees-and-funding/) such as industrial sponsorship may be available. However please note that funding will, in most cases, only be discussed once you have secured a firm offer of a place on the course.

Career opportunities

The current worldwide focus on energy security and finding sustainable alternatives to conventional fossil fuels has resulted in a wealth of employment opportunities for energy professionals. The next generation of oil and gas professionals must be capable of devising cost-effective and safe solutions for exploiting new and existing resources.

Graduates of this course will be equipped with the technical knowledge and ability to assess uncertainty, risk and environmental issues in order to keep pace with developments and ensure sustainability. Graduates can expect to be employed with producers and distributors of natural gas, energy companies and the financial sector dealing with natural gas, in technical, consultancy or management roles.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/gas-energy-msc.html

Visit the Gas Energy (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant subject; an equivalent international qualification; relevant work experience with a degree below second class Honours.

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