This course enables you to practice as a pipeline engineer. The oil and gas industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements in high-pressure offshore and onshore pipelines.

You will gain:

an understanding of the key steps in a pipeline's lifecycle: design, construction, installation, asset management, maintenance and dismantling

experience from specialists in pipeline operation

the ability to develop 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 applying appropriate mathematical models in the simulation of pipeline engineering problems.

Teaching consists of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and personal supervision covering a variety of topics in pipeline engineering. The degree is taught using a mix of academic staff from the School of Marine Science and Technology as well as visiting lecturers and experts from industry.

You will choose an individual dissertation project. This may be a critical review and/or computational or experimental project using our world leading testing facilities. You also benefit from participating in projects sponsored directly by industry partners whenever they are available.


The MSc course comprises 11 taught modules worth 120 credits. Fundamentals of Pipeline Engineering is delivered in a block at the beginning of semester one and the remaining modules are then taught across semester one and/or two. A dissertation or research project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken across the three semesters.

The course 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.

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

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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.

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