Introduction

Taking a much broader look at the engineering skills required by the industry, across both Upstream and Downstream areas of the industry. This is an Oil and Gas Engineering MSc programme delivered to you online from the heart of Europe's oil and gas industry.

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering is also available to study full time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

The MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering has been designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the technology required and all major engineering related elements associated with the oil and gas life-cycle. One of the main features of the programme is its interdisciplinary nature, being suitable for students with mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical and other suitable engineering backgrounds, making them future engineering leaders.

The programme provides you with both a theoretical and practical grounding in this field, equipping you to tackle the challenges of this fast-evolving industry. It is delivered by expert staff from Engineering, Geology, Chemistry and the oil and gas industry each of whom are highly regarded in their field of expertise, providing you with access to world-class teaching and research.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
ISS or MSc
Duration
5 months, 27 months or 30 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

There are two study options for this programme: MSc and ISS (Individual Subject Study).

MSc: 10 courses plus the individual project taking a minimum of 27 months to complete, with a maximum of 2 courses concurrently each semester. You can take fewer courses as long as you complete your studies in 60 months.

ISS: 1 or 2 courses taken concurrently per semester with the option, but no commitment, to continue to further courses.

Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Each course below runs from September to December and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5054) - 15 Credit Points

Petroleum geoscience is one of the main disciplines in the oil industry, and is particuarly important during exploratiuon, appraisal and production. Petroleum geologists work cosely with pteroleum engineers in modelling oilfields and the flow of fluids in the subsurface. This course provides esential information to allow petroleum engneers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

Reservoir Engineering (EG502U) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of the flow of hydrocarbon fluids through reservoir rocks and the interplay between the fluid and rock properties and reservoir performance.

View detailed information about this course

Project Management (EG5077) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an introduction to project management and is aimed at students who expect to be working in a project related environment or are considering a potential move into project management. The course covers a number of key aspects of project management from the project managers perspective and so whilst it does cover areas such as planning and estimating it is NOT intended to prepare students for such roles. Students are expected to apply their learning by completing a piece of group project work.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Each course below runs from January to May and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 15 Credit Points

There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a detailed explanation of the topics, a well-balanced set of tutorials with real examples, invited lectures from experienced engineers and flow assurance specific software training.

View detailed information about this course

Well and Production Engineering (EG552E) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the engineering science and principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas well, production technologies, design methodologies, as well as associated safety and environmental considerations.

View detailed information about this course

Oil and Gas Chemistry (EG552L) - 15 Credit Points

This course includes three key components where chemistry is fundamental to upstream and downstream oil and gas transport and processing. In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance, and risks related to the chemistries of waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are discussed. Processes involved in converting oil to valuable fuels and chemicals are investigated. These include: distillation, coking, cracking, hydrotreatment and reforming. Natural gas utilisation including transport, processing and conversion to upgraded products is also covered, to give an overview of chemistry in the oil and gas industry.

View detailed information about this course

Facilities Engineering (EG552M) - 15 Credit Points

Smooth petroleum production requires an understanding of all technical disciplines in facility design and their deliverables as well as of specific new technologies. Competent facilities engineering is needed from concept selection to commissioning and maintenance.

Facilities engineering course focuses on equipment and systems from the well head to the delivery point of the oil and gas industry. This includes not only the processing of the oil and gas but the support systems which might include water treatment, power generation and pollution abatement.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 30 months Online Learning Part Time January
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Fundamentals of Safety Engineering & Risk Management Concepts
  • Well and Production Engineering
  • Flow Assurance
Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

View detailed information about this course

Well and Production Engineering (EG552E) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the engineering science and principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas well, production technologies, design methodologies, as well as associated safety and environmental considerations.

View detailed information about this course

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 15 Credit Points

There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a detailed explanation of the topics, a well-balanced set of tutorials with real examples, invited lectures from experienced engineers and flow assurance specific software training.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Oil & Gas Chemistry
Reservoir Engineering (EG552D) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of the flow of hydrocarbon fluids through reservoir rocks and the interplay between the fluid and rock properties and reservoir performance.

View detailed information about this course

Project Management (EG502V)
Oil and Gas Chemistry (EG552L) - 15 Credit Points

This course includes three key components where chemistry is fundamental to upstream and downstream oil and gas transport and processing. In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance, and risks related to the chemistries of waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are discussed. Processes involved in converting oil to valuable fuels and chemicals are investigated. These include: distillation, coking, cracking, hydrotreatment and reforming. Natural gas utilisation including transport, processing and conversion to upgraded products is also covered, to give an overview of chemistry in the oil and gas industry.

View detailed information about this course

Facilities Engineering (EG552M) - 15 Credit Points

Smooth petroleum production requires an understanding of all technical disciplines in facility design and their deliverables as well as of specific new technologies. Competent facilities engineering is needed from concept selection to commissioning and maintenance.

Facilities engineering course focuses on equipment and systems from the well head to the delivery point of the oil and gas industry. This includes not only the processing of the oil and gas but the support systems which might include water treatment, power generation and pollution abatement.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Individual Project in Oil & Gas Engineering
Individual Project (Oil and Gas Engineering) (EG552N) - 60 Credit Points

The dissertation is an independent piece of work based on a topic of the student’s own choice. Students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting or a study related to the Energy industry. They should demonstrate how the knowledge they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice to provide solutions towards addressing the problems. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MSc programme.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Fundamentals of Safety Engineering & Risk Management Concepts
  • Well and Production Engineering
  • Flow Assurance
Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

View detailed information about this course

Well and Production Engineering (EG552E) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the engineering science and principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas well, production technologies, design methodologies, as well as associated safety and environmental considerations.

View detailed information about this course

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 15 Credit Points

There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a detailed explanation of the topics, a well-balanced set of tutorials with real examples, invited lectures from experienced engineers and flow assurance specific software training.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5054) - 15 Credit Points

Petroleum geoscience is one of the main disciplines in the oil industry, and is particuarly important during exploratiuon, appraisal and production. Petroleum geologists work cosely with pteroleum engineers in modelling oilfields and the flow of fluids in the subsurface. This course provides esential information to allow petroleum engneers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Oil & Gas Chemistry
Project Management (EG5077) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an introduction to project management and is aimed at students who expect to be working in a project related environment or are considering a potential move into project management. The course covers a number of key aspects of project management from the project managers perspective and so whilst it does cover areas such as planning and estimating it is NOT intended to prepare students for such roles. Students are expected to apply their learning by completing a piece of group project work.

View detailed information about this course

Reservoir Engineering (EG502U) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of the flow of hydrocarbon fluids through reservoir rocks and the interplay between the fluid and rock properties and reservoir performance.

View detailed information about this course

Oil and Gas Chemistry (EG552L) - 15 Credit Points

This course includes three key components where chemistry is fundamental to upstream and downstream oil and gas transport and processing. In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance, and risks related to the chemistries of waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are discussed. Processes involved in converting oil to valuable fuels and chemicals are investigated. These include: distillation, coking, cracking, hydrotreatment and reforming. Natural gas utilisation including transport, processing and conversion to upgraded products is also covered, to give an overview of chemistry in the oil and gas industry.

View detailed information about this course

Facilities Engineering (EG552M) - 15 Credit Points

Smooth petroleum production requires an understanding of all technical disciplines in facility design and their deliverables as well as of specific new technologies. Competent facilities engineering is needed from concept selection to commissioning and maintenance.

Facilities engineering course focuses on equipment and systems from the well head to the delivery point of the oil and gas industry. This includes not only the processing of the oil and gas but the support systems which might include water treatment, power generation and pollution abatement.

View detailed information about this course

Individual Project (Oil and Gas Engineering) (EG5914) - 60 Credit Points

The dissertation is an independent piece of work based on a topic of the student’s own choice. Students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting or a study related to the Energy industry. They should demonstrate how the knowledge they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice to provide solutions towards addressing the problems. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MSc programme.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Individual Project in Oil & Gas Engineering
Individual Project (Oil and Gas Engineering) (EG5914) - 60 Credit Points

The dissertation is an independent piece of work based on a topic of the student’s own choice. Students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting or a study related to the Energy industry. They should demonstrate how the knowledge they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice to provide solutions towards addressing the problems. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MSc programme.

View detailed information about this course

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

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

Assessment Methods

The principal method of student assessment is through written examinations. Examinations for the first term courses are in December and those for the second term are in May. Candidates are normally expected to pass all examinations and all projects submissions. MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their project, and may be required to undergo an oral examination. Online learning students who live near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Why Study Oil and Gas Engineering?

  • Available completely online, allowing you to work while you study and fit learning around your schedule.
  • Pay by module, giving you the freedom to balance your studies with other financial commitments.
  • Complete your full degree in 27 months or spread out over a longer period of time (up to six years).

This engineering programme opens up a wide range of different career opportunities.

  • You will gain crucial technological skills as well as knowledge in safety and risk management, time management, planning and communication.
  • This programme is designed to create future leaders of the industry and the range of subjects taught ensures that you will have a strong appreciation of all key elements of the industry lifecycle and of the different areas of engineering required, as well as how they work together to deliver projects safely and efficiently.
  • You will be studying with colleagues who bring experience from different engineering disciplines, which will in turn help you appreciate how the disciplines need to work together to succeed
  • While you will be studying online, our geographic location puts us in a unique position of being able to offer a curriculum that is highly relevant to the needs of employers, alongside cutting-edge research.
  • To ensure that the degree programmes remain current and connected to industry, the programme is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Our close links with industry ensures that you experience lectures taught by industry professionals and undertake MSc projects with leading firms.
  • We are a Chevron Preferred Partner University and an Associate Member of the European Drilling Engineers Association, DEA(e).
  • Our engineering programmes attract students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for the future of oil and gas exploration and production, and the engineering skills required to make it a continued success.
  • Our engineering graduates move on to very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO and MD level. 

Entry Requirements

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.

Qualifications

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 any branch of Engineering or Physics.

  • Those with a High 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant Oil & Gas Industry experience and keen motivation.
  • Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics.

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

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

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £588
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
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
MSc 30 months Online Learning Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £588
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
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2018/19 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 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 This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2018/19 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.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including 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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Careers

An understanding of all aspects of the industry means that students have a well-rounded knowledge which will support them in their careers, regardless of their chosen career path. The programme is internationally relevant, with careers available around the world and graduates of the Oil & Gas Engineering Programme have pursued the following careers.

Career Opportunities

  • Directional Driller
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Drilling Operations Support Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Graduate Design Verification Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Safety Engineer

Accreditation

This degree holds accreditation from

What our Alumni Say

  • Darren Coughlan
    Darren Coughlan, Field Engineer at

    Darren Coughlan

    Job Details
    Field Engineer
    Graduated
    The degree opened many doors for me. I had a number of interviews with some of the biggest companies in the world and eventually was offered a job with Halliburton.
  • Amir Bayat
    Amir Bayat, Project Engineer at

    Amir Bayat

    Job Details
    Project Engineer
    Graduated
    I acquired knowledge in oil reservoirs and petroleum geology which helped me in my career. Additionally, project management skills and safety operations knowledge are essential for all the careers within oil industry.
  • Patricia Calzadilla
    Patricia Calzadilla, Process Engineer at

    Patricia Calzadilla

    Job Details
    Process Engineer
    The combination between such a prestigious academic institution and the Oil & Gas Industry was the principal reason for choosing the University as my first choice for my career development.
  • Ziqi Ma
    Ziqi Ma, at

    Ziqi Ma

    Graduated
    When I studied in China, I heard from my supervisor that Aberdeen University is very famous all over the world and has a long history of teaching engineering.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Henry Tan
Dr Lateef Akanji
Programme Coordinator
Dr Thangavel Thevar

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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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