Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Oil and Gas Computing
Designed and run in partnership with the Energy sector specifically to produce industry-aware graduates with advanced Computing Science expertise.

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

The MSc Oil & Gas Computing programme has been developed in collaboration with world leading oil and gas companies and service providers in the energy industry. The programme is truly unique and is specifically for Computing Science graduates looking to gain the required knowledge to help solve a major “skills gap” within the oil and gas sector.

Why Study this Programme?

  • The programme allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of the language and concepts of the oil and gas industry by providing an overview of the industry as well as setting the context of computing therein.
  • You will benefit from teaching and research expertise from both academic staff and industry professionals within one of the most vibrant Computing Science departments in the UK.
  • The programme is designed and run in partnership with the oil and gas industry to specifically produce industry-aware graduates with advanced Computing Science expertise.
  • You will gain full spectrum knowledge of the data and knowledge management needs of the sector from exploration through to market.
  • You will learn directly from the industry through a series of case studies and at least one trip to a leading organisation in the city. There will also be scope to undertake your final project with a local organisation.
  • The industry requires huge amounts of data that must be identified in terms of modelling, simulation, data management, sensor networks, faults – all these things require computing science, computational analysis and solutions. Computing Science graduates are best placed to do the technical and intellectual problem solving on the information analysis side of things.
  • You will be finding novel computational solutions that will facilitate and optimise a company’s performance.
  • The strenght of research in the dept and the exposure our students have to this means a large number of them go onto undertake PhD's with is in the future.
  • The Department of Computing Science is a thriving centre of teaching and research, particularly in areas related to Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Information Management. We are part of an internationally respected academic community with a long tradition for innovation and excellence.
  • Our research expertise in Data Science and Data Analysis is at its strongest when we work in close partnership with other disciplines, such as Physics, Maths, Geography, Health, Biology and Education.

Our Experts

Head of Computing Science

Dr Wamberto Vasconcelos 

Contact Information

For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.


The programme is structured across three semesters, each building on the achievements of the previous one. Students who reach the end of a semester of study have the option of graduating with the qualification reached (PgCert or PgDip) or continuing into the next semester of study to enhance their qualification to the next level (PgDip or MSc).

The programme covers:

First Semester

Second Semester  


Summer Project

Learning Methods

Group Projects, Individual Projects, Lectures, Research


Students are assessed via examinations, coursework and/or continuous assessment. Examinations take place in December and May.


Students benefit from the academic expertise of those involved in teaching and supervision, within one of the most vibrant Computing Science departments in the UK as well industry professionals from leading Oil & Gas service providers.


The programme has been specifically developed in consultation with industry to ensure the specific IT skills demands of the oil & gas sector are met. Graduates who complete the programme will gain a significant advantage for securing exciting and challenging positions within oil service companies and international oil companies.

Our graduates have gone onto work in the following areas:

  • Data Manager
  • Security Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Head of Programme Reporting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Offshore Systems Integration Engineer


Gustavo Kolugnyecz "I am happy and proud of myself for all the things I have learnt and for the magnificent experience I have had here. Not only because the University has entirely filled my expectations but also because I was also thrilled to find out that Scottish people are very kind and have nicely welcomed me from the very first moment I got here." [More]

Academic Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in the area of Computing Science

Key subjects you must have covered: Programming, algorithms, software engineering, databases and mathematics.

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry. 

Document requirements

For this application we need at least:

  • a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) so far (original & official English translation)
  • detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • current CV/resume

It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible. 


We have one intake of students each September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications received after 30th June from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry but will be considered for entry into the following intake as appropriate.

English Requirements


Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations. 


2016/17 Fees

UK/EU Students - £4,500

International - £17,200

Information on tuition fees, can be found on the University Registry website.


India - GREAT Scholarships 2016 - 1 x £5000 for MSc Oil and Gas Computing programme. 

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Funding opportunities can be found in our searchable Funding Database. You are advised to search the database as a broad range of funding exists much of which you may be eligible for.


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