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School of Mechanical Engineering

Oilfield Corrosion Engineering MSc (Eng)

MSc Oilfield Corrosion Engineering


Corrosion in the oil and gas sector is one of the major flow assurance issues. From an economic point of view, the efficient management of corrosion ensures that oil and gas can be recovered from wells for longer. Corrosion is also a major cause of hydrocarbon leaks, so safety drives the technological advances in corrosion control. There is currently an increasingly high demand for qualified corrosion engineers with specific expertise in oilfield operations. This course helps satisfy this demand by providing engineers and physical scientists with skills in corrosion measurement, asset integrity assessment, corrosion prediction and corrosion management.

This course has been designed for either professional engineers already working in the industry who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise, enabling future career enhancement and development. Or for graduate engineers and physical scientists who wish to gain specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the oil and gas sector.

Find out about our MSc programme managers on our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016, it will provide you with an example of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 75 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Oilfield Chemistry and Corrosion 15
Advanced Oilfield Corrosion 15
Surface Engineering  15
Professional Project 75
Materials Selection and Failure Analysis  15
Metals and Alloys  15
Optional modules (choose two)  
Managing for Innovation 15
Introduction to Tribology 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
With this qualification, excellent career options are open to you to practise as a professional corrosion engineer and play a major role in ensuring the safe and efficient recovery of natural resources.

Industry view - "This course, that helps develop qualified corrosion engineers, comes at an opportune time in the oil and gas industry given the increased severity of corrosion and ageing facilities worldwide." Senior Engineer, Saudi Aramco.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in engineering, a physical science or mathematics.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.