Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

Coventry University

Program Overview

With a broad-ranging Oil and Gas Engineering MSc, you could work across the world in the oil and gas industry.
This comprehensive course has been designed and delivered in collaboration with highly experienced oil and gas professionals.

  • This course aims to equip you with the advanced sector-specific knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive, ever-evolving energy industry.
  • You will study the engineering theory, technology, systems and practice associated with the full oil and gas life cycle, examining upstream, midstream and downstream operations from exploration and production, right through to refining and marketing.
  • Upon successful completion, this course will prepare you for a global career as a graduate engineer in the oil and gas industry, furnishing you with a solid foundation in fluid flow systems, oil and gas production engineering and process control, based on international environmental operational frameworks.
  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘work placement’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.

CoventryUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,250


IELTS: 6.5

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Why you should study this course

  • Encouraging advanced problem-solving skills, you will explore how to tackle complex engineering problems with shifting baselines and varying degrees of resources and information.

  • You will be provided the opportunity to gain practical experience in a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines, and you should learn how to design appropriate components, systems or processes to improve the quality and functionality of equipment and plant within individual and complex environments.

  • You could also further your understanding of the concepts surrounding corrosion, life cycle, mechanical principles, control, fluid flow and its combined importance in the continuation of an operational facility.

  • Our currently extensive industry links can enable you to benefit from technical site visits2, which have previously included the National Engineering Laboratory, as well as a range of expert guest lectures, such as the former Vice President of British Petroleum.

  • You will have free access to sector-leading software (subject to availability) used by over 500 international oil and gas companies across the world, such as standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software worth US$ 12.5 million (donated by Schlumberger), Petex Integrated Product Modelling (IPM) software worth over £1million (donated by Petex), Weatherford’s PanSystem and WellFlo, Honeywell’s UniSims Design Suite, NSI Technologies’ StimPlan and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.

What you'll study

Our broad range of module subjects aim to develop your practical and technical knowledge of drilling and well engineering, multiphase flow systems, production and reservoir engineering, crude processing, gas technologies, engineering materials durability and sustainability, as well as health, safety and environmental management.


  • Drilling Engineering – 15 credits

    This module focuses on oilfield drilling practices, well design, construction and completion processes. It aims to adapt these practices to a range of well types and encourage a strategic approach to well planning. The module will also provide a better understanding of the drilling technology, types of drilling and drilling fluids, as well as to assess all operating variables.


  • Sustainability and Decommissioning – 15 credits

    The module is designed to provide you with the fundamental practice of oil and gas platforms decommissioning, and related opportunities and costs (financial and environmental). This module will assess these complex issues in line with the technical, financial, environmental and legal dimensions of decommissioning within the wider context of sustainability in the energy industry.


  • Petroleum Processing and Gas Technologies – 15 credits

    The main aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the physical properties of typical reservoir fluids, and the workflow, design, and operating characteristics of fundamental oil and gas processing units. Technologies and economics of natural gas processing and transport are also introduced.


  • Engineering Materials and Corrosion Control in the Energy Industry – 15 credits

    This module provides you with the ability to identify, justify and apply techniques for effective engineering materials essential to meet the in-service performance demands of the energy, oil and gas challenges/applications with particular emphasis on corrosion, and other relevant material damage mechanisms/failure modes and their control strategies.


  • Flow Assurance and Subsea Systems – 15 credits

    The module is designed to provide you with the fundamental understanding and practice of oil and gas flow assurance and subsea processing systems, with a particular focus on multiphase flows, control systems, instrumentations, communication and power supply requirements. You will identify the challenges and requirements for subsea long step-out operations as regards power transmission, control systems, instrumentations, communications technologies and awareness of relevant regulations with the aim to develop an understanding of the operations and design of the subsea field process facilities.


  • Hydrogen, Geothermal and CCS Systems – 15 credits

    The aim of this module is to introduce you to the application of traditional oil and gas technology to exploitation of sustainable energy systems, such as, hydrogen production and storage mechanisms, geothermal systems, and carbon capture and storage of CO2 in depleted oil/gas reservoirs or saline aquifers. Each system will be technically analysed and the overall viability of a proposed field development assessed.


  • Reservoir Evaluation and Simulation – 30 credits

    This module will examine the oil and gas exploration and production industry and look at the changing dynamics of this industry. It will provide an introduction to the geology, geophysics and tectonics that underpin the successful exploitation of oil and gas and will offer a detailed understanding of the essential elements of a working petroleum system.


  • Research Project – 50 credits

    The module aims to extend your experience in independent investigative work with a view to enhancing your ability to solve technical and environmental problems. Research methods for technical and scientific investigations are included. Written presentation skills are developed as an integral part of the project.


  • Leading Diverse Workforces – 10 credits

    This module aims to provide students with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way. You will be given the opportunity to develop strategic priorities for leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion.



Applicants should hold a minimum of a second-class honour’s degree in a petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geological engineering, petrochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, numerate physical sciences, geosciences or mathematics related subject.

Some international students may require an ATAS certificate to study this course. For further information see our ATAS Certificates web page.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5

International Fees
£18,250 | £22,250 (with prof. experience) per year

International Pathways 2022 Scholarship
You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.

Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.

We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.

The scholarship application deadline is:
September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of appropriate technology selection, process engagement and the relationship between engineering responses and project needs in an oil and gas engineering context.
  • Appreciate relevant global constraints, such as health and safety, assessing the impact of current engineering forces and technological change upon the effectiveness and efficiency of equipment and plant within the oil and gas industry.
  • Identify and provide innovative design solutions to complex oil and gas engineering problems.
  • Implement appropriate engineering and design solutions relevant to materials, drilling, production, processing, fluid flow, control systems, instrumentation, durability and reliability in relation to real-world oil and gas engineering situations, and reservoir simulation.
  • Conceptualise, devise and critically appraise detailed engineering and technological solutions to oil and gas problems utilising materials and processes available in a sustainable manner.
  • Synthesise developments around new technologies, processes and advanced systems from a broad range of engineering disciplines and to adapt and apply them to oil and gas problems.
  • Critically review engineering imperfections, preconditions and technical elements, evaluating engineering and technological solutions.
  • Integrate a detailed and rational manufacturing, technological and IT perspective into a cross-functional system when faced with an oil and gas problem.

This course has been developed with industry experts, and is aimed at providing you with technical capability, alongside analytical and creative skills to have a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

Throughout the course, you could find yourself working on current oilfield and industry-based problems, providing you with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience. The course aims to keep you up to date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures2. These visits are a great way to interact with oilfield experts and network with potential employers.

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