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Course Overview

This course provides students with an understanding of the engineering science and principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas well, production technologies, design methodologies, as well as associated safety and environmental considerations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Hossein Hamidi

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Engineering (EG) (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

This course is in two parts. The well engineering part provides students with an overview of a rotary drilling system and associated drilling components.  The types, selection and characteristics of drilling fluids are discussed, and the analysis of the flow of drilling fluids during drilling is presented.  Strategies for the selection and design of casings, cementing methodologies as well as design and configuration of completion systems are introduced, with emphasis on safety implications.  Challenges of directional and horizontal drilling methods and associated technologies discussed. In the second part, production engineering, fluid flow in the well bore with a view to production of resources is considered. Completions components and methods are introduced. Emphasis is placed on factors which inhibit oil and gas production as well as practical approaches to production enhancement. Computer modelling of oil and gas production is introduced. A range of industry relevant case studies are used to support students’ learning.  

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 14 - 16
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 14, 17 - 18
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 15 - 16
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8, 8, 12, 12, 14 - 17, 17

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Lab report (20%)

2x timed online test (40% each)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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