The UK's first, possibly the world's first Masters degree in decommissioning oil rigs, platforms and offshore structures.
The degree will focus on the key aspects associated with decommissioning such as engineering, project management, business, law and health, and safety and environment.
This degree is now open for applications. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This multi-discipline degree is designed to cover all the key aspects of the decommissioning process, including the engineering challenges, legal and environmental considerations and policies, economic, business and project management related challenges.
The degree is taught through a number of core and optional courses and students will have the chance to develop and further research a specific area of interest to them through their MSc final project dissertation.
It is envisaged that the degree will open up career opportunities in specific areas, such as law, engineering, project management, business consultancy, economics, financial management etc. It is aimed at recent graduates from a range of degree backgrounds but also very much aimed at those already working across the oil and gas industry.
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- On Campus Learning or Online Learning
- Degree Qualification
- MSc or ISS
- 5 Months / 1 Year / 2 Years, 3 Months
- Study Mode
- Full Time or Part Time
- Start Month
- September or January
How You'll Study
- Group Projects
- Individual Projects
Assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The online learning coursework is submitted to the course tutor through the website and marks and comments will be sent back, also via the web. Arrangements can be made for examinations to be taken at a convenient place for you.
Why Study Decommissioning?
- Broaden your knowledge of the key elements of the decommissioning process. Gain an understanding of specific areas that you may not already be familiar with but would like to learn more about.
- Learn from world-class academics, many of whom have worked in industry and/or alongisde industry on research collaboration.
- Close consultation has already taken place with those working in industry involved in decommissioning and this level of industry engagement will continue as the degree develops.
- This programme completes an impressive sutie of energy related degrees alrerady offered by the University, which now cover all aspects of the oil and gas industry life-cycle.
- The degree will likely attract a huge breadth of indivduals, many of which will be currently working on decommissioning projects around the world. It will be a real opportunity to beocme part of a close knit group of learners.
- There are significant opportunities in key regions around the globe where skills and knowledge of the decommissioning process are going to be a huge advantage.
- Current figures indicate that the UK will have a major shortage of workers skilled in these activities unless there is a significant increase in production of engineering and technical graduates from schools, colleges and universities as well as sustained retention of experienced workers within the industry.
Exact entry requirements are to be finalised but will likely be:
2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth, in Engineering, Geosciences, Economics, Business, Law, or other science, technology and commercial degrees.
Other degree classifications will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate 3+ years of industry experience.
English Language Requirements
All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.
Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.
If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.
Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.
- 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
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- MSc Decommissioning 1 Year On Campus Learning Full Time September
Fee information Fee category Cost Home / EU / RUK Students £5,200 Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year International Students £19,000 Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
- MSc Decommissioning 2 Years, 3 Months Online Learning Part Time September
Fee information Fee category Cost Home / EU / RUK Students £590 Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation. International Students £1,600 Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation. Home / EU / RUK Students £500 Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year International Students £1,500 Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
- ISS Decommissioning 5 Months Online Learning Part Time September, January
Fee information Fee category Cost Home / EU / RUK Students £590 Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation. Home / EU / RUK Students £500 Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year International Students £1,600 International Students £1,500 Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International non-EU Applicants
- 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.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
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In establishing the programme, industry feedback has included:
"We are very short of competency generally, and it’s good that AU is interested in helping plug that gap."
"The course is very timely. I think there would be interest in it and it offers a good way to encourage people to think about careers in decommissioning rather than viewing it as the end of the cycle with no opportunities."
"Concept is good given there will be a 40 year career in decommissioning ahead . "
A range of academic experts will teach on the programme from across engineering, law, business, economics, environmental science.
- Programme Coordinator
- Dr Alireza Maheri
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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