MSc in Petroleum, Oil and Gas

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About the course

**Please note, this course is not recruiting for 2017 entry. We are accepting applications for 2018 entry.**

The Humber is the largest trading estuary in the UK, with a chemical and process sector worth £6bn a year, and the region is one of the fastest-growing chemical bases in the UK, making Hull the ideal location to study chemical and process engineering.

This programme places a strong emphasis on the practical application of knowledge. The University has strong, direct links with industry, providing you with opportunities to work on real-world engineering projects. You study near 350 industry giants including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and RB (Reckitt Benckiser).

There are pathways leading to the following awards:

MSc Petroleum, Oil and Gas - Chemical Engineering Technology for applicants interested in a technical career in the industry. It is most suitable for those with previous study in a chemical or process engineering related course.

MSc Petroleum, Oil and Gas - Chemical Engineering Management is aimed at those looking for a management career in the industry. It is suitable for applicants from a wide variety of engineering and scientific backgrounds.

Both courses take both a theoretical and practical approach to ensure graduates gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the petroleum, oil and gas industries.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £7,000 full-time

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £15,300 full-time

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements


Applicants should typically have a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or science related subject. Applicants must have studied mathematics at level 4 or higher.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

These programmes integrate current and employer-relevant themes and enable you to acquire knowledge and skills across a wide range of appropriate topics in the chemical and process industry, especially petroleum, oil and gas technology, with an emphasis upon chemical engineering applications.

They comprise lectures, practical/design exercises, tutorials, computer-based process simulation and optimisation, and resource-based, problem-based and enquiry-led learning.

Core modules:

  • Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering
  • Energy Technologies
  • Advanced Process Safety, Industrial Process Control and Instrumentation (Technology pathway)
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research in Business and Management (Management pathway)
  • Research Project

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Thermo-Chemical Processing Technologies
  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Sustainable Business: Principles and Practice of Green Management
  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels

​You develop competence and confidence in applying engineering knowledge and techniques to industrial and real-world problems. You develop a good theoretical and practical understanding that balances the core fundamentals with latest industry and research practice.

A final project and dissertation enables you to identify and apply theory and practice to the analysis and solution of complex engineering problems.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The energy engineering industry is expanding rapidly and employment opportunities are high. An increased focus on renewable energy projects is creating demand for sector specialist engineers. This programme provides you with the skills, competencies and knowledge to be successful in the workplace or will prepare you to advance to specialist PhD study in the chemical engineering, petrolueum, oil and gas sectors.

There are many opportunities to work with energy companies during the programme, enhancing your employability. This MSc has a host of industry advisors from companies and organisations likely to offer employment opportunities to students completing the programme.