Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Pipeline Integrity Management

Pipeline Integrity Management is a corporate validated award offered by Northumbria University in partnership with Penspen Ltd. as a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and a Masters (MSc). Each award must be studied in sequence; therefore all modules shown in the PG Cert must be completed before the PG Dip may be studied. Please see the 'modules' tab on this award for details. Once both the PG Cert and PG Dip have been completed, students may progress to the MSc award. Oil and gas are the world's major sources of primary energy, and 3,500,000 km of large diameter, high pressure pipelines transport most of these hydrocarbons around the world. The pipelines carry vast quantities of energy and represent big business; for example, a large pipeline transporting 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day, with oil priced at $US100/barrel, will deliver $US36.5 billion of oil each year! Many of these pipelines are ageing - they are typically over 30 years old - but are required to operate for many more decades to meet increasing demand, and as new sources of oil and gas are discovered. Hence, their 'integrity' (safety and security of supply) is a major challenge for their operators. Pipelines have an excellent safety record, but failures do occur, sometimes with tragic consequences. There is a shortage of skilled pipeline engineers in the world today, together with an increasing need, as the pipelines continue to age, for pipeline engineers with specific skills in pipeline integrity. This distance learning course enables students to understand and apply the theory and practice of pipeline integrity engineering in a work-based environment. The course aims to produce highly skilled and professional graduates in key aspects of pipeline integrity - in particular ensuring the continued safety of ageing pipelines. This is the first course of its kind and a market-leader, its development primarily driven by the skills-crisis within the industry. The Postgraduate Diploma typically takes 24 months to complete (PG Cert + 12 months) starting in September. It is achieved after completing a total of 120 credits (the PG Cert 60 credits in Integrity Assessments and Land Pipeline Engineering, plus a further 60 credits in Pipelines and Geohazards, Pipelines Risk and Materials Technology). On completion of the course, students will have relevant skills in dealing with the special problems facing pipelines: assessing pipeline damage, assessing risk, and corrosion problems, as well as general knowledge in pipeline engineering. The course presents a holistic view of pipeline integrity, which ensures students understand the history, theory, and foundations of the technologies they will use.

Course modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2018 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2018 - 1 Years

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City Centre Campus NE1 8ST North East

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