BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Oil and Gas Engineering

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries.

This programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.

Programme description

There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries.

This programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.

Key Modules
Module & Subject

The programme duration will be 12 months for full-time study, or 24 months for part-time.

The taught part of the programme will take place during the Autumn and Spring terms over 24 weeks. Students will be encouraged to start planning their dissertation at the beginning of the programme. During the Summer term, students will be expected to focus their effort on their dissertation project, researching the dissertation topic full-time. Part-time students will be allowed an extended period to execute their dissertation project in line with the overall programme duration. However, they will be expected to devote an equivalent of at least one day per week on their dissertation project.

This programme has been developed with extensive consultation with the industry. It will be delivered by Brunel staff members and by industrial specialists. The programme structure is shown below and comprises two parts:

  • Core modules: The taught part of the course (Part 1) worth 120 credits. This includes a set of compulsory modules that provides fundamentals of structural and process engineering, and focuses on providing an understanding of how to design oil and gas structures such as pipelines, offshore and onshore to withstand internal loading induced by complex internal flows of oil and gas and also external loads such as waves and wind. Throughout fundamental mathematical, computational, experimental, testing and inspection techniques as well as codes of practice are taken into account. Civil engineering and construction aspects are also taught.
  • Dissertation: Your dissertation project forms Part 2 of the programme and is worth 60 credits.

Full-time (12 months) MSc and PGDip modules include:

Petroleum Production Fundamentals
The module aims at developing knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of how hydrocarbons are extracted, production processes, fundamental geoscience/physics, reservoir fluids, flows in porous media, the relationship between properties of hydrocarbons to process and temperature and the effects of process equipment to those. The module includes contemporary issues including shale oil and gas and fracking.

Applied Engineering Mathematics
This module aims at extending the mathematical background of students underpinning the mathematical aspects of all other modules with advanced numerical methods for solving differential equations, advanced algebra and optimisation. The module content and teaching of techniques and methodologies will be in the context of oil and gas engineering and will be based on industry relevant case studies.

Structural Materials
This module aims to provide an understanding of the materials employed in petroleum structures, their composition and how they are engineered to provide suitable properties. The module includes topics such as fracture mechanics for pipelines, material testing, offshore and onshore structures, selection, assessment, fabrication, degradation mechanisms including corrosion, welding and joining. Laboratories are included in the module to cover material testing aspects.

Structural Integrity and FEA
The module aims to provide knowledge of structural analysis methods including defect assessment, failure criteria and codes of practice for pipelines, floating and also fixed steel structures. At the core of the module is the development of key skills in finite element analysis for the structural response of those structures. The module includes computer sessions and laboratory sessions to cover topics such as testing and inspection of structures including Non-Destructive Testing techniques.

Multiphase Flow Fundamentals and Flow Assurance
The module introduces the fundamentals of multiphase flow processes and issues related to flow assurance of hydrocarbons, the properties of multicomponent mixtures and multiphase phenomena in pipelines, equations of state, heat and mass transfer. The module also aims at developing skills in computational fluid dynamics applied to hydrocarbon transportation in pipelines. Furthermore, the module introduces approaches for transportation systems including the treatment of flow especially for heavy oils and includes an introduction to advanced topics such as field development. The module includes laboratory sessions.

Dynamics of Petroleum Structures
This module aims at the development of knowledge, understanding and skills for the prediction and analysis of the dynamic response of onshore and offshore structures under external dynamic loading conditions such as wave and wind forces.

Design and Construction of Installations
The module includes the civil engineering aspects of onshore pipelines and offshore structures including geotechnical and structural engineering approaches, codes of practice and standards for construction to prevent failure. In addition, it includes engineering project management techniques, contractor selection and management, investment appraisal, testing and commissioning. A group project forms part of the module assessment.

Reliability Engineering and Risk Management
The module aims at the development of knowledge and understanding of risk and the quantitative methods for risk analysis and mitigation strategies in the design of onshore and offshore structures.

Term Three (MSc Only):

Dissertation
Students will conduct a major piece of research (c. 30,000 words) in an area of oil and gas engineering.

Delivery will take place in block mode teaching with each module requiring a week-long teaching schedule. Laboratory sessions will take place at specialist facilities in the week following the module delivery and will last for up to three days each.

Part-time (24 months) MSc and PGDip:

In the part-time mode, four taught modules are taken each year with the completion of the dissertation following in term three of the second year.

Full-time and part-time (12 and 24 months) PGCert:

Students must take the Design and Construction Installations and Petroleum Production Fundamentals modules and select any other two modules.

 

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER