M.Sc. Pipeline Engineering MSc; PGDip; PGCert

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme enables you to practise as a pipeline engineer. We run the only accessible MSc course dedicated to high pressure oil and gas pipeline engineering in the world. By offering a high level of participation to the oil and gas industry in specifying the curriculum, we meet their requirements, spanning both high-pressure offshore and onshore pipelines.



MSc: 12 months full time; 24 months part time

PGDip: 12 months maximum full time; 24 months maximum part time

PGCert: 12 months maximum full time; 24 months maximum part time

A Preliminary Year is also available.

Study Pipeline Engineering and you will gain:

an understanding of the key steps in a pipeline’s lifecycle: design, construction, installation, asset management, maintenance and dismantling, and the technical issues affecting them

invaluable experience from specialists in pipeline operating, construction, integrity and consulting, providing real issues, problems and solutions

the ability to propose, test and evaluate a thesis through selection of appropriate experimental, computer simulation or data analysis procedures

skills in identifying, designing and applying laboratory tests to solve pipeline engineering problems

knowledge in selecting and applying appropriate mathematical models in the simulation and analysis of pipeline engineering problems and data

On completion of the programme you will be regarded as competent to practise as a pipeline engineer by prospective employers.

At Newcastle University you be part of the School of Marine Science and Technology, which provides exceptional research-led teaching. Our modern laboratories enable a range of practical work, and are supplemented by local workshops for hands-on experience.

For the MSc you take compulsory modules, and a research project and dissertation.

For the PGDip and PGCert you undertake both compulsory modules and optional modules.

The programme is also available with a Preliminary Year, which is designed for students who have a qualification from a technical college rather than an Honours degree. Typically, you select one core module, and also take optional modules and complete a project and report.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Compulsory modules

CME8021 Safety, Risk and Environmental Management

CME8022 Hydrocarbon Production and Process Engineering

CME8039 Materials and Fabrication

CME8040 Corrosion and Corrosion Control

MAR8009 Fundamentals of Pipeline Engineering

MAR8010 Pipeline Structural Analysis

MAR8011 Dynamics of Offshore Installations

MAR8012 Design and Construction

MAR8013 Asset Management

MAR8053 Elements of Economics and Business Finance

MAR8057 Civil and Geotechnical Aspects of Pipeline Engineering

MAR8097 Pipeline Engineering Project

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, metallurgical or materials engineering, offshore engineering or naval architecture.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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