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Course Overview

Smooth petroleum production requires an understanding of all technical disciplines in facility design and their deliverables as well as of specific new technologies. Competent facilities engineering is needed from concept selection to commissioning and maintenance.

Facilities engineering course focuses on equipment and systems from the well head to the delivery point of the oil and gas industry. This includes not only the processing of the oil and gas but the support systems which might include water treatment, power generation and pollution abatement. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Professor Thomas Baxter

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides detailed knowledge and understanding of the major hardware used for the safe operation in oil and gas industry. This course also covers treatment of liquids and gases to get these to export quality and to enable the safe disposal of waste products.

At the end of the course, students will understand common practices and new technology developments in facilities engineering. They will acquire general knowledge about pressure vessels, pumps, heaters, heater exchangers, compressors, boilers, engines, gas turbines, pumps, control systems and electrical systems. Flow measurement, storage systems and transportation used for export purposes also discuss in this course.

Further Information & Notes

For students studying for the MSc Oil and Gas Engineering.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 three-hour examination (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The course includes a workgroup exercise on assessment of essays.  Students must sit a mock exam in-class.  Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework. We also provide whole-class feedback via MyAberdeen.  We also put model answers/mark schemes for all coursework and the mock exams on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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