Introduction

There is a growing skills demand from the sector for professional petroleum data managers, possessing expertise seen as critical to maximising economic recovery.

Can be studied by on campus or online learning modes.

The aims of the programme are 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 content reflects the overview of all key data management activities of relevance to petroleum data managers working in multi-disciplinary teams.

The MSc programme has been set up through an agreement between the University 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. It will be sponsored by leading multinational companies including Shell, Total and Chevron.

The course content is being developed with input from our industrial partners to ensure the programme is tailored to the needs of industry.

Starting September 2018 (Full-time, Part-time, and 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

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part 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

Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 1 (DM5001)
Petroleum Data Governance (DM5501)
Petroleum Data Quality Management (DM5502)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Reference, Project and Corporate Data Management (DM5002)
Service Project Management (DM5003)
Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 2 (DM5503)
Legal, Commercial and Security Aspects of Petroleum Data Management (DM5504)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Data Management (DM5901)
MSc 27 months On Campus Learning Part 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

Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 1 (DM5001)
Petroleum Data Governance (DM5501)
Petroleum Data Quality Management (DM5502)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses



Reference, Project and Corporate Data Management (DM5002)
Service Project Management (DM5003)
Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 2 (DM5503)
Legal, Commercial and Security Aspects of Petroleum Data Management (DM5504)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Data Management (DM5901)
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

Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 1 (DM5001)
Petroleum Data Governance (DM5501)
Petroleum Data Quality Management (DM5502)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Reference, Project and Corporate Data Management (DM5002)
Service Project Management (DM5003)
Petroleum Data Management Tools and Techniques 2 (DM5503)
Legal, Commercial and Security Aspects of Petroleum Data Management (DM5504)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Data Management (DM5901)

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 degree will be co-taught by our departments of Law, Engineering, Business, Geography, Geology, and Computing Science. It will cover 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 degree has been designed with leading industry organisations to ensure that the content and teaching will deliver experienced staff that can make a real difference in industry. 

At the heart of Europe's oil and gas capital city, the University of Aberdeen has decades experience of working closely with industry. We have a strong track record of producing degree programmes that industry want across all the relevant disciplines, including law, business, engineering, geology and science. Very few Universities in the UK can offer this direct link and exposure to industry. 

Danny Bush, Unit Manager Subsurface Workflows, Chevron Energy Technology Company, said: "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 Masters 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,"

George Rorie, Operational Lead for Technical Data Management, Shell said: “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.” 

Olivier Mairal, Senior Data Management Advisor, Total E&P UK, said: “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.

Entry Requirements

The part-time on campus version is taught in blocks. The University cannot sponsor Tier 4 students for this type of study. If you require a visa to come to the UK, you must seek independent advice about the type of visa required and regulations on attending a part-time degree.

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.

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

English Language Requirements

www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php

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.

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 27 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £3,150
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £9,450
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
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.

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Our Experts

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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University of Aberdeen
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King's College
Aberdeen
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