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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Oil and Gas Engineering (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc courses delivered at NSIRC near Cambridge (not on the Uxbridge campus):

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

New students 

All teaching will be delivered in a manner compliant with NSIRC, Brunel University and UK government guidelines.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

New students 

No change in the length of the programme, 12 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

As the programme is delivered off-campus at NSIRC (located at the TWI Ltd Granta Park site near Cambridge), all staff, students and external contributors to the programme will comply with current Brunel University London and TWI operating practices, and in accordance with Government advice.

The student experience and opportunities from the industry-based course delivery remains a key aspect of the NSRIC programmes.

The intention is that these specialist programmes will be delivered physically, face-to-face, at NSIRC, with appropriate safe working practices in place, using the dedicated lecture rooms and experimental laboratory.  In case social distancing restrictions or lockdown prevent effective in-person delivery to the whole cohort, online delivery will be used. Online delivery will consist of live-streamed lectures or pre-recorded sessions along with live discussion with teaching staff.  The number of teaching hours remain the same.

The balance between direct contact hours and self-learning will remain unchanged.

All essential core texts are available as e-books through the Brunel University London Library.

Laboratory Support: For modules with practical learning content, the intention is to deliver these physically in the NSIRC laboratories. If this is not feasible students will be able to download pre-recorded demonstrations of those practical elements as well as access all other necessary supporting resources online.

Assessment: There are no changes to the number of assessments. If in person  assessments at NSIRC are not feasible then exams will be administered as remote digital exams.

Students will have remote access to the required specialist software. 

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course. 

As with current practise, NSIRC based MSc students are provided with a loan of a Brunel laptop for the duration of their programme to allow access to relevant engineering software to support their studies (subject to an internet connection). It is advised that you have a set of earphones compatible with the Brunel Loan laptop.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded. Our programmes are all accredited.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: cedps-tpo@brunel.ac.uk


Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21