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Pipework Engineering

Course type


Course summary

This course 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. 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.

Different course options

Full time | Main Campus | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

Start date



CME8021 : Safety, Risk and Environmental Management (5 Credits) - Core

The module will introduce the legislative and regulatory background and describe the techniques for the determination and evaluation of safety and environmental risk. To describe the methodology which can be used to assess, implement and monitor risk and safety in pipeline design and operation and minimise environmental impact.

CME8022 : Hydrocarbon Production and Process Engineering (5 Credits) - Core

This module is a comprehensive introduction to Hydrocarbon Production and upstream processing. This includes sections on the extraction of hydrocarbons from the earth, their transport through pipelines and processing. Industrial practice and the theory underlying these operations will be covered.

CME8039 : Materials and Fabrication (5 Credits) - Core

This module introduces the materials and manufacturing methods used to produce pipelines for onshore and offshore applications. The metallurgy of C-Mn steels, stainless steels and high nickel alloys as discussed and how composition and microstructure are tailored to give joinable pipe lengths with suitable mechanical properties. The weldability and design parameters for steel pipelines are contrasted with the joining procedures and design approaches necessary to specify non-metallic pipes.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, metallurgical or materials engineering, offshore engineering or naval architecture; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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Main Campus

Newcastle University

King's Gate

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tyne And Wear


Nearest train station:

Newcastle Central 0.5 Miles away

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