Pipeline Engineering MSc; PGDip; PGCert

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.


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 (MSc); £4,170 (PGDip); £2,085 (PGCert) part time £3,000(MSc); £2,085 (PGDip); £1,045 (PGCert)
International: full time £15,490(MSc); £10,330 (PGDip); £5,165 (PGCert)
Please contact us for details of fees for the Preliminary Year

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

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.

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.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

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, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.
More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2013 entry should apply by Friday 12 July 2013 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate School Office
School of Marine Science and Technology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6661
E-mail: marine@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Marine Technology.