There is a severe shortage of qualified specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying rising salaries in this sector. It is a global issue for the petroleum industry with 120,000 jobs needing to be filled over the next decade for the North Sea alone.
Brunel's programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield strutural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.
The high quality facilities available to studensts at the University has also been enhanced by a significant donation in 2015 of specialised software for use on our Oil and Gas MSc programme, comprising 10 sets of IPM suites.
With demand so high for qualified oil and gas engineers, graduates are entering a buoyant global job market and can expect exciting career prospects - a trend set to continue for years to come.
As the industry now seeks the rapid drilling and commissioning of thousands of new wells to meet energy demands, along with major investment in heavy oils and shale oil and gas, skilled engineers who can rapidly design and commission oilfield installations will be the backbone for growth in this industry. It is precisely this type of engineer that Brunel’s programme will develop.
A distinguishing feature of the course is its ambition to instill systems thinking, by treating structures and their operating environment holistically as a system – helping graduates develop the skills to address a wide range of complex engineering problems rapidly.
- Students can exploit our laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well equipped.
- Although we recruit a large number of highly qualified students to our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees each year, we don’t forget that you are an individual. From the beginning of your time here, you are allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through academic and pastoral issues.
- The College is research intensive as most of our academics are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Much of this research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including leading oil and gas companies, construction companies, water utilities, and other leading industrial firms. We work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Japan. This research is fed directly into our courses, providing a challenging investigative culture and ensuring that you are exposed to up-to-date and relevant material throughout your time at Brunel.
- We have excellent links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means:
- Brunel degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market-place.
- The latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course.
- You have greater opportunity at the dissertation stage of conducting a dissertation in industry.
- We have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.
This course has been designed in close consultation with industry and will be seeking accreditation with the following professional bodies :
- The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- The Institution of Civil Engineers
- The Institute of Materials
- The Society of Petroleum Engineers.
- The Institution of Chemical Engineering
- Oil and Gas Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Facts and Figures
The shortage of engineers is widespread throughout the world markets in the petroleum industry with salaries already high being driven further up as a result.
For instance, the shortage had led to an increase of starting salary for fresh engineering graduates joining the oil and gas companies in the UK to an average value over £34,000 in 2011, well above other industry sectors. The December 2012 issue of PE (Professional Engineer), the IMechE member’s magazine also had a designated article on skill shortage in the oil and gas sector, citing BP as an example in the effort the industry is taking to address the problem.
Starting salaries for fresh engineering graduates joining the oil and gas companies in the UK has risen to an average of £34,000, in 2011, well above other industry sectors. The December 2012 issue of PE (Professional Engineer), the IMechE member's magazine, also published an article on skill shortages in the oil and gas sector, citing BP as an example of the effort the industry is taking to address the problem.
Brunel graduates will typically find well paid roles within all three sectors of the industry: operators, service and supply firms, and consulting companies throughout the whole industrial supply chain. In particular the UK is one of the strongest in oilfield services provision being a core component of the UK manufacturing and service base. As a result, the programme will specifically target the following two sectors, related mainly to surface services:
Engineering, fabrication and installation (£11.2 billion annually in UK). Operations (£8.5 billion annually in UK). Surface services are delivered by a large number of industrial organisations as well as oil and gas producers, in contrast to subsurface dominated by very few global providers. Industry have expressed strong interest in the programme with several leading companies already offering to help with teaching, placement as well as supervision of dissertation projects.
Oilfield services companies, engineering consulting or upstream oil and gas producers and downstream refineries.
Brunel has a purpose built award-winning Professional Development Centre with over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants. The Placement service includes CV writing, one-to-one guidance and mock interviews. Brunel was named ‘Best University Placement Service’ at the Rate My Placement Awards in 2012.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
A UK first or second class (2:1) Honours degree, or equivalent or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in relevant branch of engineering or science. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
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