This programme focuses on the key technical, commercial, regulatory and environmental aspects associated with the decommissioning of energy infrastructure.
Over the next decade, around 100 platforms and 7,500 kilometres of pipeline on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) are forecast for decommissioning, with costs estimated to be £59 billion to 2050. As the rate of decommissioning activity increases across the UKCS and around the globe, there are also increasing commercial opportunities for UK supply chain companies both at home and abroad.
Decommissioning therefore presents both challenges and opportunities for the energy industry, as the UK government seeks to ensure the full economic recovery of hydrocarbons while also enabling the achievement of the country’s net zero target by 2050.
By working closely with major operators, supply chain companies and regulatory bodies, the MSc Decommissioning is instilling the innovators with the necessary advanced understanding of the technical, commercial and regulatory aspects of decommissioning so that they can lead the transition to sustainable sources of energy.
The programme includes taught courses covering the various interdisciplinary aspects of decommissioning, followed by a research project based on your particular interests or experience, which can be undertaken with an external organisation.
We welcome students from a broad range of educational and industry backgrounds, including engineering, business, law and environmental science including experienced professionals who are looking to upskill or move into the growing decommissioning sector.
The University of Aberdeen is home to the National Decommissioning Centre. Established with support from the Scottish Government, through the Net Zero Technology Centre, the centre works in partnership with companies to develop and deploy technology that delivers cost-effective net-zero decommissioning.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
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.
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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:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
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.
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
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 and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.
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 . "