Find a Degree Undergraduate Petroleum Engineering

Our philosophy is one of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research. Staff in the School have won national awards, and strong links with industry ensure teaching is in line with today's requirements. There is no better place to study Engineering than in the Energy Capital of Europe.

Why Aberdeen?

Engineering is one of the most satisfying professions. You get results. You make things happen. You generate new solutions to other people's problems and at the end of the day, you have the job satisfaction of being able to see your work in action. Engineering is an intellectually demanding profession, mainly because of the wide range of skills you need to deploy. You are expected to be good at mathematics, to have a sound grasp of basic sciences, to be inventive and creative, to be able to sell your ideas to clients and colleagues and, in due course, to organise and lead fellow professionals.

  • Integrated Engineering School, containing award-winning staff and modern, well-equipped laboratories
  • Common core in years 1 and 2 for all engineering students
  • Programmes reflect 'systems engineering' approach in modern industry
  • Final choice of specialisation can be made at start of year 3
  • Philosophy of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research


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The Aberdeen Difference

The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See for more information.

Honours Degrees of MEng & BEng

The MEng is a five-year Honours programme and the BEng is a four-year Honours programme both of which are fully accredited by the Engineering Institutions (see Professional Accreditation section). For the first two years you study a common core covering the basic principles of all branches of engineering. In these two years you will follow courses which will give you choice of at least three of the School's main disciplines to specialise in. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth, including design applications.

First Year 

Compulsory Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from Discipline Breadth / Sixth Century Courses. 

Second Year

Compulsory Courses 

Select a further 15 credit points from Discipline Breadth / Sixth Century Courses. 

Honours Years

You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng programme. A wide range of both MEng and BEng programmes are available across the entire engineering spectrum, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the School.

Third Year

Compulsory Courses

Fourth Year - BEng Route

Option 1

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice. 


Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice in first half session. 

Fourth Year - MEng Route

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice. 

Fifth Year - MEng 

Plus one of the two options below 


Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering is concerned with the exploration for and extraction of hydrocarbons, eg. crude oil and natural gas. Petroleum Engineers use creative and imaginative knowledge of petroleum geology, reservoir behaviour, as well as fundamental engineering principles to develop effective and safe solutions for the exploration, recovery and transportation of hydrocarbon products trapped underground, onshore or offshore, and in very challenging environments.

Virtually every product in modern life has probably been manufactured using energy generated by oil or gas.

Petroleum engineers are at the forefront of ensuring that we have a continued supply of this most important commodity on the planet today. With continued worldwide demand for energy, there is no better time to be a petroleum engineer.

If you are interested in applying the knowledge of geology and physics, in creating engineering systems for safe and sustainable harnessing of the primary source of energy used by the modern society, then you should consider petroleum engineering as a career choice. 

Located in the heart of the energy industry in Europe, Aberdeen is an international centre of excellence for exploration and production of oil and gas, providing services for not only the North Sea but also many provinces worldwide.

The distinctiveness of the Petroleum Engineering degree programme is provided by its combination of excellence in both engineering and in petroleum geoscience. With engineering at its heart, the programme draws upon well established expertise in Petroleum Exploration and Geoscience within the University, and the local oil and gas industry, to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges faced by Petroleum Engineers and the petroleum energy industry sector.

The interdisciplinary content of our curricula and the emphasis on practical applications and value to industry and the wider society provide our students with the necessary intellectual and transferable skills and an appreciation of ethical and moral issues needed for a successful career in a wide range of industry sectors. 

Note: An SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to Year 1, in addition to the general engineering requirements. 

Further Information

For more detailed information on all of our programmes please refer to the Engineering Brochure, available from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Service. Alternatively, from our Web site at you can follow the 'Course Information' link to find full details of the syllabus and a book list for all of the courses we offer. 

Teaching and Assessment

The main methods of teaching are lectures, tutorials, laboratory and design classes. You can expect an average of 20 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials per week, which you are expected to supplement with private study. Self-study is vital as it develops the confidence to enable you to tackle unfamiliar problems, an essential skill for the professional engineer.

Laboratories and design classes are used to develop practical and communication skills. They are also valuable for giving practical demonstrations of the concepts covered in the lecture courses.

A number of coursework exercises are carried out each year, aimed at developing and improving communication skills. These include written laboratory reports, dissertations, and presentations. The main method of assessment is examinations in December and April. Presentations, laboratory reports and other coursework are submitted and marked individually throughout the year.


Highly skilled and qualified engineers are currently in very high demand across a number of industries around the world. A good degree  in Engineering will set you up for a wide range of career opportunities, working on solving some of the world’s great engineering challenges. Many of today’s Managing Directors and CEO’s in high powered industries also started their careers as engineers. The School of Engineering at Aberdeen is justifiably proud of its students and graduates, believing them to be the best advert for the work of the School. With their excellent reputation, our graduates are in high demand from employers.  

An Engineering degree at the University of Aberdeen can also lead to the opportunity of further study. Every year many of our students come back for postgraduate study either on one of our taught programmes or to gain higher degrees by research. The University’s Careers Service helps undergraduates find employment by providing a range of training opportunities and information on prospective employers

Finding Your Direction

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success.  The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.

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