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MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering

Subject field: Mechanical Engineering

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Highly skilled engineers will be at the heart of Oil and Gas Industry recovery

A key element of development for the recovery of the oil and gas sector, will be highly skilled engineers, capable of practical and systems thinking, who can rapidly adapt to the latest circumstances (alternatively conditions) and threats oil and gas structures and their operating environment holistically.

This approach is supported with a fundamental knowledge in a wide range of engineering disciplines. It is these fundamental elements applied to the real engineering problems, which are at the core of this oil and gas programme.

Here is what our Brunel graduates can expect to learn at TWI:

  • Design oil and gas, on and offshore structures to withstand internal loading induced by complex internal oil and gas flows and external loads, such as waves and wind
  • Rapidly design and commission oilfield installations, including fabrication
  • Systems level thinking (structure and environment) to address wide range of complex problems
  • Provide specialised trainings in numerical, testing and inspection techniques
  • Codes of Practice, including installation and construction aspects
  • Multiphase flow and flow assurance

Engineer and student at TWI

Student and technician preparing pipes for resonance testing. Photo: TWI Ltd

A future proof Oil and Gas Engineering MSc, based within Industry at TWI, Cambridge

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre and Brunel University London provide this world-leading MSc degree for the next generation of oil and gas engineers.

Delivered with NSIRC at TWI, a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility in Cambridge, this postgraduate engineering course aims to develop highly sought after graduates, who are oil and gas engineering specialist with the skills to rapidly design and commission oilfield installations to meet energy demands.

Applicants suited to this degree

The NSIRC and Brunel Oil and Gas programme is suited to a broad range of expertise, including drilling engineers, chemical engineering students and engineers already working with in the energy industry.

NSIRC is a welcoming international community, with cohorts and graduates from every corner of the globe. UK, EU and overseas / international applicants will always be welcome and encouraged.

Innovative rotating four-point bending machine for full scale sour service testing, designed and built by TWI

Innovative rotating four-point bending machine for full scale sour service testing, designed and built by TWI. Photo: TWI Ltd

What is the focus of this Oil and Gas degree...?

The oil and gas industry is every changing, sometimes volatile, and ever more digital. To unlock the potential within new oil and gas energy resources, the energy sector of today and the future, will require highly skilled engineers that are training with the latest research knowledge and expertise.

The masters degree focuses on the design of oil and natural gas structures, where students will gain a sound understanding and in-depth knowledge of oil and gas industry structural designs, fabrication and installation technologies.

Access to £15m of equipment facilities

In addition to access to £15m of specialised research equipment through TWI Innovation Network, students will enjoy:

  • Dedicated teaching spaces
  • On‑site high performance computing facility to run complex numerical simulation to support their experimental work
  • Sports facilities
  • Access to all buildings at Brunel University London campus connected with the course

Brunel University lecture rooms and lab spaces at TWI, Cambridge. Photo: Brunel University London

Brunel University lecture rooms and lab spaces at TWI, Cambridge. Photo: Brunel University London

A network environment and collaborative ethos

Being based within industry gives mechanical engineering degrees of this nature an excellent opportunity to flourish.

With MSc students working together on applied research for real engineering projects, the learning experience is greatly enhanced, focusing new skills and knowledge towards what industry is calling for now.

Oil and Gas UK

The United Kingdom has a long history connected with oil technology courses and oil field degrees. In Scotland, oil production courses are mostly based out of Aberdeen. Thanks to our partners at Brunel University, NSIRC has been able to bring important degrees for oil and gas industry to TWI in Cambridge.

Being based in NSIRC at TWI allows masters students to conduct research the heart of a global centre for oil and gas technology research.
TWI has been an import research partner to the UK and International energy companies since the 1950s. Today it counts as client's companies such as BP, Total, Chevron, Subsea and many more. In 2019, TWI partnered with the Saudi Aramco Technologies Company and ADNOC, to form the Non-metallic Innovation Centre (NIC).


HRH The Princess Royal visited TWI Cambridge to open three new buildings dedicated to NSIRC the advancement of engineering. Photo: TWI Ltd

NSIRC Scholarships available for this course

Generous scholarships are available for Home, EU and International students, thanks to Brunel College of Engineering and TWI.

Entry requirements and more

For more information, including English language requirements, details of tuition fee and to enrol, please visit the Brunel University London website.