Introduction

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.

Can be studied on campus or online.

This degree is now open for applications. Please email cpsgrad@abdn.ac.uk 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
Duration
5 Months / 1 Year / 2 Years, 3 Months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

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. 

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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.

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

Click a row below to view detailed fee information for each study option.

MSc Decommissioning 1 Year On Campus Learning Full Time September

Fee Information

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 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 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
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 £1,500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Industry Links

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 . "

Our Experts

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.

Contact Us

Address
College of Physical Sciences Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Fraser Noble Building
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 3UE