The following programmes within the College of Physical Sciences currently offer work-based project opportunities for organisations and students.

A full list of taught postgraduate programmes is available in the online prospectus.

To propose a propoject please use our online form.

MSc Geographical Information Systems

Any project where there is a potential to demonstrate the added value of using one or more of the geospatial technologies such as remote sensing, GIS,  cartography/digital mapping, GPS, UAVs, Internet/Web-based GIS etc. in an environmental application. Must be an independent student-led project.

Previous project titles have included:

  • A GIS approach to business development- creation of a sports company
  • Assessing the benefits of wildlife bridges: a least-cost modelling approach
  • Integration of GIS in pipeline monitoring and management on web-based application


MSc Geophysics

The project should provide the student an opportunity to design and execute the workflow of the data treatment (including in exceptional cases the possible of acquisition), processing, analysis and modelling, and interpretation of a geophysical dataset in the context of Earth structure or processes and/or exploration goals relevant to resource industries. The project is an extended, independent, self-directed, piece of practical work integrating and reinforcing the material taught on the course, and giving a detailed insight into the demands of, and ways of working in academia or industry.

Previous project titles have included:

  • Quantification of modelled 4D responses in the central North Sea reservoir and viability of repeat seismic reservoir monitoring
  • Processing Report for the BP Machar Lines 007B and 064 HR reprocessing of 2D Marine Seismic Data
  • Ghostbusting: Investigating Receiver Ghosts in Marine Seismic Data
  • AVO analysis and rock physical modelling for reservoir characterization of Heimdal Injectites, Mariner Field, UKCS


MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

Projects that involve application of engineering principles (structural, mechanical, petroleum, chemical and electrical) to devise, innovate or improve design of components and best practices for broader upstream and downstream oil and gas engineering. Students carrying out WBP would have undergone extensive academic training in flow assurance, facilities engineering, reservoir engineering, oil and gas chemistry to assess aspects such as asphaltene deposition, reservoir geology. 

The projects must have a clear evidence of independent work by the student and the analysis must be non-repetitive nature.  

Students enrolled in MSc Oil and Gas Engineering will have engineering, applied mathematics or physical sciences background. They will have acquired expertise in some industry standard software (such as OLGA) and experience in working in a laboratory.  Some students may have expertise in engineering discipline specific software (such as ANSYS, FLUENT, ABACUS, ASPEN etc.) and programming languages (C, C++, Python, etc).

Previous project titles have included:

  • Dealing with sulphur (in all its forms) in upstream and downstream processing

  • Direct electrical heating of subsea pipelines

  • Mechanical drag reduction mechanisms in single phase pipe flows and their application to subsea pipelines

  • Investigation of fouling in heat exchangers in oil and gas industries

  • Composite pipes in oil and gas industry

  • Optimal scheduling of inspections and monitoring for fatigue and corrosion assessment of energy industry assets

    Optical methods for oil & gas leak detection


MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management (OGEM)

For OGEM, they can be in almost any subject area (geology, engineering, finance, law, economics, marketing, etc) as long as there are synergies to the oil and gas industry.

Previous project titles have included:

  • Oil and Gas Taxation in India
  • Field development planning: an economic focus
  • Optimisation of geoscience data handling in medium-sized Operators


MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

A project will typically be focused on one of four types of activities:

  • field measurements
  • simulations
  • theoretical analysis
  • lab

Previous project titles have included:

  • Representing wind farms in hydrodynamic models, Marine Scotland Science
  • Impact of the implementation of a micro-hydro plant in the Esk Rivers and how the devices life-cycle will affect the river ecosystem, Esk Rivers & Fishery Trust.
  • River intake optimisation, Proterra Energy Ltd.
  • Design of Long Distance Grid Ties in Renewable Generation Schemes, Proterra Energy Ltd.
  • Investigation into the efficiency of wood fuelled biomass boilers, Farm Energy Consulting.
  • An investigation into noise from wind turbines, Farm Energy Consulting.
  • Quantitative risk assessment of the subsurface containment of goldeneye carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, Shell.


MSc Reservoir Engineering

Projects must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Must be relevant to Reservoir Engineering
  2. Can be completed in 12 weeks
  3. Has a balanced proportion of geology and engineering
  4. Gives students a broader understanding of reservoir engineering
  5. Helps them gain a better understanding of fundamental concepts
  6. Allows them to practice defining a simplified physical model from a complicated real life engineering problem; assess their models, correct their assumptions, and re-iterate
  7. Assists students to communicate (both orally and in writing) more effectively
  8. Involves learning and using advanced techniques or tools routinely deployed by industry (e.g., advanced logging systems, Reservoir Simulators, etc.)
  9. Helps them develop a work flow and adhere to time schedules
  10. Involves a fairly detailed economic assessment of the project

Previous project titles have included:

  • Forecasting Gas Condensate Well Deliverability Via a Dynamic Spread-sheet Calculator Generated Using EXCEL/VBA
  • Evaluation of Accuracy and Computational Performance of MRST Software for Multiscale Simulation of Realistic Reservoir Problems

  • Evaluation of Artificial Lift Techniques to aid Recovery in a Gas Bypassed Reservoir

  • Evaluating Enzyme-based Reagents for Enhanced Oil Recovery using Micro-fluid  Waterflood Experiments


MSc Subsea Engineering

Students from the MSc Programme in Subsea Engineering spend three months from May to August working on an individual project in some area of Subsea engineering. Projects tend to be of a strategic rather than routine nature, and need to have clear research or novel design element. Projects can cover all aspects of subsea engineering with previous projects related to subsea installation and decommissioning, flow assurance, and control of subsea infrastructure. Projects related to novel uses of technology and other methods of reducing costs are particularly encouraged. If necessary, then projects can be treated as confidential.

As part of the project the student can produce a report for the company, in addition to writing a dissertation, which is assessed for the MSc degree. All projects will be assigned a University academic supervisor in addition to an industry supervisor. With the exception of project conduct (on which the University supervisor may consult the industry supervisor), all of the dissertation marking will be conducted by University academics.

Previous Project titles have included:

  • Fit for purpose design: critical analysis of subsea control systems complexity and reliability in the light of introduction of all-electric sub systems;

  • Field life expansion/extension by introducing subsea wireless technology.

  • A comparative analysis of HVAC and HVDC distribution schemes for offshore oil fields;

  • Decommissioning of aged platform in the North Sea - environmental, risk and safety considerations;

  • Repair of subsea pipelines using fibre reinforced composites;

  • Algorithm and procedure for subsea pipe-in-pipe design.

  • Investigation of the use of coatings to minimise corrosion;

  • Design of subsea cooling spools. Comparison of series and parallel configuration;

  • Plastic lined pipelines for hydrocarbon recovery;

  • Autonomous monitoring system for pipeline stability and upheaval buckling assessment;

  • Environmental, safety and business impact on the integrity of Subsea Control systems in the Arctic.

  • Simulation of soil consolidation and lateral interaction with wellheads;

  • Modelling of riser/flow interaction using wake oscillatory model for two degrees of freedom motion elastically supported cylinders (vortex induced vibration)