Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas
This programme provides education and training for graduate engineers in the general area of safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention.

Key Facts

Study Modes
Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (27 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
Not Specified

Programme Details

This programme provides education and training for graduate engineers in the general area of safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention. Safety engineering is not a subject which is adequately covered in most undergraduate degrees, so this MSc programme brings together those topics relating to the safety and reliability of engineering products and systems, including the legislative framework, in a unified approach.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate engineers to develop a career in safety and reliability engineering and risk management. There is a continuing high demand for people with specialist knowledge in these areas. This is partly a result of the new legal requirements to assess and control industrial risks to people and the environment, and partly because of the need to create high integrity engineering systems in many industries – for example, in the offshore, nuclear, transport, aerospace and process industries. The needs are global.

The programme provides an integrated approach to safety and reliability issues across most of the traditional branches of engineering, and allows students to specialise in offshore engineering, technical safety, reliability, legislations and regulations or human factors.

The programme is available as both full- and part-time study, and also by part-time distance learning. 

  • 12 months (full-time) study (on campus)
  • 27-60 months (part-time) study (on campus or distance-learning)

Each module can also be taken alone as Independent Subject Study (ISS).

Why Study this Programme?

  • The programme is flexible to suit the range of needs of our students and is available on both a full and part-time basis, and also by part-time distance learning.
  • As well as the key technological, operational and engineering elements, crucial human factors are also taught in relation to safety on the programme.
  • A number of specific scholarships are offered directly as part of this programme annually.
  • It receives advice and support from a Lloyds Register Foundation Advisory Board.
  • The MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas programme draws together students from all over the world, making the learning experience a truly international affair and providing world-wide recognition of the programme.
  • Campus study is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
  • The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Centre for Safety and Reliability Engineering builds on existing expertise and track record within the School of Engineering to form a world-class unit for research and teaching in safety and reliability engineering. One of the objectives is to continually develop and deliver a world-class MSc programme in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas
  • Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", very much brings you closer to the industry. The city is an inspiring place for any future oil and gas and wider energy industry leader.
  • Our geographic location puts us in a unique position of being able to offer a curriculum that is highly relevant to the needs of employers, alongside cutting-edge research. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop crucial business links alongside your learning.
  • To ensure that the degree programmes remain current and connected to industry, the programme is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Our close links with industry ensures that you experience lectures taught by industry professionals, get the chance to visit relevant organisations, attend industry events, and undertake MSc projects with leading firms.
  • Our engineering programmes attract students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for the future of oil and gas exploration and production, and the engineering skills required to make it a continued success.
  • Our engineering graduates move into very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO, MD level. 


Fully accredited by the

  • Energy Institute (EI)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
  • Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)





Our Experts

Dr Srinivas Sriramula

Contact Information

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


First Semester - September - December


Second Semester 


For full-time students taking the MSc Programme over 12 months, a dissertation is to be prepared on work undertaken during the final individual project, which will normally be specified in collaboration with industrial partners, supervised either in the School of Engineering or in the companies, and carried out from June to September.
Please note that an industry placement is not compulsory and cannot be guaranteed.

For part-time students who are sponsored by their company or who are working for a company approved by the University, a dissertation is to be prepared on approved project work carried out within that company during the second or third year of the programme.

Previous project example:

Reviewing Safety Culture Models and establishing if links could be developed between those Models

The Student - Elizabeth Jacob

"I wanted an industry related project to apply the technical knowledge I had gained from my degree. I gained valuable interpersonal skills, effective communications skills and I also learned that the working environment needs individuals to be constantly inquisitive. I had the opportunity to converse with professionals from top management to current graduate engineers within Atkins. This not only helped the research needed for my dissertation, it also encouraged me to think further about my career path and the various options available."

The Company - ATKINS

"The output was extremely useful for us and having a Masters student to undertake this work was a clear benefit to our organisation. We are already looking ahead to developing a greater collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and will again be looking at suggesting masters level work based projects. Elizabeth now works for us as a Graduate Safety Engineer."


Learning Methods

Field Trip, Group Projects, Individual Projects, Lectures, Research


Assessment is by continuous assessment and/or written assignment.


Students are taught by staff from the Departments of Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology and Environmental and Occupational Medicine of The University of Aberdeen, and from the School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering at The Robert Gordon University. In addition, a number of industrially based external lecturers contribute to the Programme to give examples of how theoretical concepts are currently being applied in industry.


There is a large demand for people with qualifications in safety engineering - in almost all branches of industry and within the regulatory bodies. This demand is likely to continue, and indeed increase, as more effort is put into assessing the safety and reliability of advanced and complex engineering systems and of ensuring that existing facilities can continue to be operated safely and economically.

People with research experience in safety engineering are also in demand and there are good opportunities for subsequent study leading to the award of MPhil or PhD, both in Aberdeen and at other Universities.

It is worthy of note that most graduates from this MSc Programme have found immediate employment, and at salaries well above average for engineering graduates, allowing for age and experience.

Evalyne Cathy Arinaitwe "The degree equipped me with vast knowledge in Oil and Gas engineering, especially regarding safety and reliability engineering. I have applied this knowledge as a safety engineer with Total. In my current job as a Business Development Executive, the Oil and Gas knowledge has given me an opportunity to explain, convince and attract clients to work with Bureau Veritas as my majority target are clients in the energy sector." [More]
Edet Eka "Choose wisely, University of Aberdeen is unique and one of the best in the world." [More]
Ifiok Etukudo "It is both fun and very challenging to study at the University of Aberdeen which is reflected in the high reputation of the degrees. The facilities are world-class with an ultra-modern new library. Academic excellence is key and you must be fully committed, determined & hard working to succeed. Above all, the rewards are huge!" [More]
Abayomi Obisesan "The university is strategically located in a city that is housing diverse industries with great interest in graduates of programmes taught in the University." [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 any branch of Engineering.

Students with a Physics or Mathematics degree may also be considered if they have a high 2:1. Students with Engineering degrees at a high 2:2 AND at least 2-3 years of relevant experience may also be considered.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Mechanics.

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
  • ideally - current CV/resume
  • optional - academic reference letter OR employer if you have 2+ years of experience

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 for full-time study 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. Distance-learners should apply as soon as possible and by 31st July.

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.  


Information on tuition fees, including the current fee level, can be found on the University Registry website.


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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. More Information.

Funding Database

Other 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.

A list of funding opportunities is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.


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