Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year; Part-time:Two years

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Why study this programme?

An oil and gas engineer is involved in nearly all stages of oil and gas field evaluation, development and production. The aim is to maximise hydrocarbon recovery at minimum cost while maintaining a strong emphasis on reducing environmental impact. The range of employment opportunities for students who hold an MSc oil & gas Engineering is very wide. Once you have completed your MSC in Oil & Gas Engineering, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that enable you to solve future tasks and challenges related to the development and production of oil and gas fields. There are great work opportunities within the traditional as well as the future oil industry. Possible work places include National and international oil companies, consultancy firms and service providers. A completed study also forms a good basis for a future career as a researcher.

You will receive guidance and support from staff that have specialised in the discipline of oil & gas, fire science and energy for many years. All the staff involved in this course are committed to meeting your expectations. However, in turn there are certain expectations of you, as studying at this level requires you to demonstrate that you have the mental capacity, self-motivation and commitment to achieve this award. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory work, project work, case studies, site visits. The mix of teaching methods is designed to motivate, challenge students considering different learning styles to maximise their potential. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course. The students will learn by a variety of methods including innovative information and communication technologies and practical case studies based on research outcomes achieved by the School staff.


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Entry Requirements

One of the following qualifications is required:
•honours degree of the level 2.1 or above from a UK university or the CNAA or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline(petroleum (oil & gas) engineering, chemical engineering, fire engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry etc);
•degree or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience;
•a qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above;
•overseas equivalent qualifications and English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not the first language.

Programme at a Glance

Core modules:

  • Geology and Formation evaluation
  • Research Methods
  • Reservoir Engineering and Well Test Analysis
  • Drilling Engineering and Production Technology
  • Safety, Fire and Environmental Management
  • Advanced Engineering Design Project
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Professional Placement (Engineering) or
  • Work Placement (Engineering)

Further Information

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Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

The course is supported by an Industrial Liaison Group which reviews and provide input into the development of the course in order to ensure that it meets the needs of the oil and gas industry. Our Industrial partners also contribute to some teaching through guest lecturers, CPD events, and research projects. Invited lectures were done by representatives from Energy Institute, Institution of Fire Engineers, Shell, BP, GexCon, Fire and Rescue Services, Tyco, BRE, Horea Lea, Carbon Trust, Government Office for the North West and others. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will be delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical exercises. Guided teaching and formal assessments will enhance the development of transferable skills such report-writing, maintenance of case notes, formal presentations, participation in discussions, ability to work to deadlines, computing skills, public speaking, scientific analysis, adherence and development of laboratory protocols and research methods.

There are different assessment methods employed across the modules. Some modules are assessed by both examination and coursework while others are assessed by coursework only, which may take the form of group projects, modelling exercises or time-controlled assignments or seminar presentations.


The range of employment opportunities for students who hold MSc Oil & Gas Engineering is very wide.

By completing Masters in Oil & Gas Engineering, you will learn skills and knowledge that enable you to solve upcoming responsibilities and challenges related to the petroleum industry. There are great work opportunities within the oil and gas industry. Possible work places include national and international oil companies, consultancy companies and oil and gas service firms.

Many of our students have progressed into either further higher study at the PhD level, or full-time employment within national and international organisations, consultancy or servicing companies.

Why choose a placement?

To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.