Introduction

The MSc Petroleum Data Management has been designed in partnership with industry to meet the growing demand within the oil industry for professional petroleum data managers, possessing expertise seen as critical to maximising economic recovery.

CDA is offering 2 scholarships for the MSc Petroleum Data Management for 2018 entry. Each scholarship is valued at £5,000 as a contribution towards fees. Please see our Funding Database for details.

Can be studied by on campus or online learning modes.

The aim of the MSc Petroleum Data Management programme is to provide education and training at postgraduate level for data managers both working in the petroleum sector or for those aspiring to work in the sector.

The MSc programme has been set up through a partnership between the University of Aberdeen and Common Data Access Ltd (CDA), a not-for-profit subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, which provides data management services to the UK oil and gas industry.

The programme is also sponsored by leading multinational companies including Shell, Total and Chevron. and its content has been developed with input from our industry partners, to ensure that it is tailored to the needs of industry.

The content reflects the overall key data management activities of relevance to petroleum data managers, to provide individuals with job-ready expertise to move into the advanced data management roles that will meet the growing demand and expectations of the global oil and gas industry.

In particular, this programme is tailored to deal specifically with managing the physical and digital data that are used across the oil and gas industry, to understand and evaluate the subsurface and the petroleum reserves located there.

Flexible study options mean that the MSc Petroleum Data Management can be studied full time on campus or part-time online.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning or Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 27 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September

Study Options

The programme is made of up 180 credits - 15 from each individual course and 60 from the final project.

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5033) - 15 Credit Points

The course covers aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation to illustrate how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during the exploration process. It will look at the place of the geoscientist during the productive life of an oilfield. Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers. By the end of this course students should understand how geologists explore for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal; the role of the geophysicist; how to make prospect maps; petroleum volumetrics; subsurface fluid flow; and the creation of static reservoir models.

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The Nature of Geological and Geographical Data (GL5206) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the fundamental types of geographical, geological, offshore survey, and geophysical data used within the Oil and Gas and related industries, with special emphasis on those types of data where the spatial position is crucial to the significance of the measurements. Attention will be given to the common sources of data, acquisition and capture, storage, processing, quality control, and analysis, and representation through mapping and visualisation.

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Petroleum Data Governance (GL5310) - 15 Credit Points

The course will provide an understanding of: data governance issues and how they impact on business workflows; data management organisation models and structures, data roles and responsibilities; legal issues relating to data governance, and a more detailed exploration of data protection law; data policies, strategies, standards and procedures; the relation between data governance and data quality, security, entitlements and obligations; and data management maturity and impact.

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Petroleum Data Quality Management (GL5401) - 15 Credit Points

The course will provide an understanding of: the value of data quality, the importance of data quality management and the consequences of poor data quality management. It will cover common data quality issues, and inherent uncertainty in data values, and demonstrate the need for data quality standards, business rules, policies and procedures, and how these are used to lead compliance activities. It will also show the relation between data governance and data quality.

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Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Exloring Geological and Geographical Data (GL5541) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the methods and processes for evaluating and communicating petroleum industry geological and geographical data in order to assist with planning and decision-making, through the use of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), geo-visualisation tools and techniques, simulation and models, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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Service and Projct Management for Petroleum Data Managers (GL5542) - 15 Credit Points

This course covers basic areas of service operations management and project management applied to the context of managing petroleum data. It examines service design, service quality and improvement processes, capacity management in service operations, and service projects. It also covers the main areas of project management (scope, quality, cost, time, and risk) and standard planning techniques with particular emphasis on the importance of quality, scope and risk within data management projects.

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Law, Business, Security: Petroleum Data Management (LS5811) - 15 Credit Points

The course is part of the Petroleum Data Management MSc, for which the University has signed an agreement with Common Data Access Ltd (“CDA”), not for profit subsidiary of Oil and Gas UK. The course builds on CDA’s views regarding a body of expertise in, and a new profession of, data management in oil and gas and relevant competences and information. The course develops and explores legal and commercial and security expertise, with a focus on petroleum data management.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Data Management (GL5911) - 60 Credit Points

This project is an extended, independent, self-directed, piece of practical work integrating and reinforcing the material taught on the rest of the Petroleum Data Management MSc programme, and giving a detailed insight into the demands of, and ways of carrying out, data management in the oil and gas industry. Under guidance, the student will be responsible for the project design and execution.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5033) - 15 Credit Points

The course covers aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation to illustrate how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during the exploration process. It will look at the place of the geoscientist during the productive life of an oilfield. Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers. By the end of this course students should understand how geologists explore for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal; the role of the geophysicist; how to make prospect maps; petroleum volumetrics; subsurface fluid flow; and the creation of static reservoir models.

View detailed information about this course

The Nature of Geological and Geographical Data (GL5206) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the fundamental types of geographical, geological, offshore survey, and geophysical data used within the Oil and Gas and related industries, with special emphasis on those types of data where the spatial position is crucial to the significance of the measurements. Attention will be given to the common sources of data, acquisition and capture, storage, processing, quality control, and analysis, and representation through mapping and visualisation.

View detailed information about this course

Petroleum Data Governance (GL5310) - 15 Credit Points

The course will provide an understanding of: data governance issues and how they impact on business workflows; data management organisation models and structures, data roles and responsibilities; legal issues relating to data governance, and a more detailed exploration of data protection law; data policies, strategies, standards and procedures; the relation between data governance and data quality, security, entitlements and obligations; and data management maturity and impact.

View detailed information about this course

Petroleum Data Quality Management (GL5401) - 15 Credit Points

The course will provide an understanding of: the value of data quality, the importance of data quality management and the consequences of poor data quality management. It will cover common data quality issues, and inherent uncertainty in data values, and demonstrate the need for data quality standards, business rules, policies and procedures, and how these are used to lead compliance activities. It will also show the relation between data governance and data quality.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Exloring Geological and Geographical Data (GL5541) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to the methods and processes for evaluating and communicating petroleum industry geological and geographical data in order to assist with planning and decision-making, through the use of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), geo-visualisation tools and techniques, simulation and models, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

View detailed information about this course

Service and Projct Management for Petroleum Data Managers (GL5542) - 15 Credit Points

This course covers basic areas of service operations management and project management applied to the context of managing petroleum data. It examines service design, service quality and improvement processes, capacity management in service operations, and service projects. It also covers the main areas of project management (scope, quality, cost, time, and risk) and standard planning techniques with particular emphasis on the importance of quality, scope and risk within data management projects.

View detailed information about this course

Law, Business, Security: Petroleum Data Management (LS5811) - 15 Credit Points

The course is part of the Petroleum Data Management MSc, for which the University has signed an agreement with Common Data Access Ltd (“CDA”), not for profit subsidiary of Oil and Gas UK. The course builds on CDA’s views regarding a body of expertise in, and a new profession of, data management in oil and gas and relevant competences and information. The course develops and explores legal and commercial and security expertise, with a focus on petroleum data management.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Data Management (GL5911) - 60 Credit Points

This project is an extended, independent, self-directed, piece of practical work integrating and reinforcing the material taught on the rest of the Petroleum Data Management MSc programme, and giving a detailed insight into the demands of, and ways of carrying out, data management in the oil and gas industry. Under guidance, the student will be responsible for the project design and execution.

View detailed information about this course

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Why Study Petroleum Data Management?

  • The programme is delivered by our departments of Law, Engineering, Business, Geography, Geology, and Computing Science and covers subjects such areas as data governance, data quality management, information security management, legal aspects related to data entitlements and obligations, service and project management, and much more. 
  • The MSc has been designed with leading industry organisations to ensure that the content and teaching delivers graduates who can make a real difference in the industry. 
  • At the heart of Europe's oil and gas capital city, the University of Aberdeen has decades experience of working closely with the energy industry. We have a strong track record of delivering industry-focused degree programmes across all the relevant disciplines, including law, business, engineering, geology and science.

"Good data management is key to unlocking the real value of technical and analytical applications. As an industry we are experiencing a tremendous growth in data and to manage it successfully we will need a pipeline of talent with strong earth science and engineering skills. The Master's programme at Aberdeen University, as well as other strategically located programs, will enable the next generation of skilled data managers to advance their careers in the oil and gas industry," - Danny Bush, Unit Manager Subsurface Workflows, Chevron Energy Technology Company

“We are delighted to support the development of the Petroleum Data Management MSc from Aberdeen University.   Shell recognises technical information and data as a discipline within our company, and we play an active role in promoting the professionalisation of these skills across the industry.   Courses such as this provide a strong academic foundation for the data management professionals that we need today and in the future.” - George Rorie, Operational Lead for Technical Data Management, Shell

"The exponential growth of data volumes and available information has made data management, data architecture, data analysis and geomatics cornerstones in the exploration and production industry. Total has recognised geoinformation as a key discipline to support these trends and skilled and talented people are necessary to fulfil these challenging tasks." - Olivier Mairal, Senior Data Management Advisor, Total E&P UK

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A 2:1 (upper second class or above) UK Honours degree in a science discipline, or a science-based Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth.

Those with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate they have at least 2 years of professional experience judged by the University to be of direct relevance to the programme. Please include an employer reference letter in this case.

Applicants with other qualifications may also be considered if they can demonstrate 3+ years' experience in the area of data management in the petroleum industry.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate

Please note that international applicants for this programme require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. The ATAS certificate must be obtained before applying for a Tier 4 visa. You can submit an ATAS application up to 6 months before the programme start date, even if the offer is still conditional.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Students will be provided a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation course. This will be applied at the time students register for the project/dissertation.
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,300
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £18,900
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

CDA are offering 2 scholarships for the MSc Petroleum Data Management for 2018 entry. Each scholarship is valued at £5,000 as a contribution towards fees. Please see our Funding Database for details.

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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Dr Colin North

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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