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Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

Subject field: Mechanical Engineering

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An Oil and Gas Engineering MSc based in Cambridge

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.

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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.

What is the focus of this 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.

What Brunel graduates can expect to learn:

  • Rapidly design and commission oilfield installations, including fabrication
  • 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
  • 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

A masters accredited by The Welding Insitute


This degree has been accredited by The Welding Institute, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

 Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). 

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


A future proof masters degree for the oil and gas industry 

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

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

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

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

A network environment and collaborative ethos

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

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.

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



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