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The University of Manchester

Petroleum Engineering

UCAS Code: H851
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£27.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Grades AAA. This should include Mathematics and one other science

Scottish Highers

We normally require grades AAB in Scottish Highers taken by the end of S5. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

BTEC Diploma

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D in Applied Science National Diploma which must include distinction in all 7 mandatory science units and A level maths grade A If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades D*D in Applied Science National Foundation Diploma plus 2 A Levels (AA) one of which must be maths If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

International Baccalaureate

36 points in total (6,6,6 at HL including maths an one other science)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 93 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

A degree in Petroleum Engineering leads to exciting careers in the oil and gas industry, including reservoir, production and drilling engineering, which offer the scope to work across the world, in technically challenging and financially rewarding jobs. University of Manchester graduates have a very high employability record, and the course is recognised as a leading programme by international oil companies. Those students who choose to study for an MEng progress in Year 4 to a programme that both enhances their capacity as individual learners, and deepens their understanding of Petroleum Engineering. Students in Year 4 undertake mandatory modules in Communication skills and fieldwork, as well as masters-level options in advanced petrophysics, reservoir engineering and petroleum technology. Half of the credits in year four are allocated to an individual research project, which is designed in collaboration with academics in both Earth Science and Chemical Engineering.


The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
46% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
26% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
509 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £27.5k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to make good money from the word go? This is the degree for you! The UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are very good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, with an average starting salary of around £28,000. Key sectors for chemical engineers last year included the petrochemicals, food, nuclear, pharmaceuticals, materials and consultancy industries. Their skills set also means that the finance industry likes graduates from these degrees, so there are options if you don't fancy engineering as a career. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng — which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.
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