Introduction

The MSc Petroleum Engineering programme is designed with industry support and also includes the study of petroleum geology to produce world-class petroleum engineers, who are fully prepared to take up roles in the upstream oil and gas industry.

MSc Petroleum Engineering is also available to study full time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

This programme delivers the necessary knowledge and skills required for an integrated study and evaluation of a prospect, leading to a viable oil and gas field development plan.

Drawing upon a long established track record of excellence in teaching and research, the MSc Petroleum Engineering is delivered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology along with industry-based tutors covering a broad range of courses including the fundamentals of petroleum geoscience, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir simulation and well and production engineering. There is also a particular focus on formation evaluation and reservoir engineering and simulation.

The MSc Petroleum Engineering develops your skills so you are able to appraise and select the appropriate technologies for safe production recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas and includes hands-on experience of using industry standard simulation software in all aspects of petroleum engineering.

Aberdeen is known as the Energy Capital of Europe. The city and surrounding area is a major international centre of research and innovation in every aspect of the offshore oil and gas industry. Approximately 900 energy-related companies are located in Aberdeen, including world leaders such as Baker Hughes (a GE Company), BP, Chevron, Haliburton, Maersk, Petrofac, Repsol Sinopec Resources. Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, Total and Wood.

The University’s location at the heart of the oil and gas industry means that our degree programmes benefit from direct industry involvement, including industry advisory panels, guest lectures, field trips, site visits, networking and careers events, and industry supported student projects.

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: the full MSc and ISS (Individual Subject Study).

MSc: 12 courses in total taking a minimum of 27 months to complete, taking a maximum of 2 courses concurrently each semester. You can take fewer courses at a time 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

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5054) - 15 Credit Points

Petroleum geoscience is one of the main disciplines in the oil industry, and is particularly important during exploration, appraisal and production. Petroleum geologists work closely with petroleum engineers in modelling oilfields and the flow of fluids in the subsurface. This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

Petrophysics, Core Analysis and Formation Evaluation (GL5307) - 15 Credit Points

This course looks at the tools available to analyse the lithology and fluid content of a reservoir and how petrophysicists work with other discipline to estimate e hydrocarbon volumes in the subsurface. The course identifies the multiple data sources required for reservoir evaluation, emphasising integration of all available data, potential sources of error and uncertainty within the data. It shows how to relate wireline data to core; gives a solid grounding in the acquisition and evaluation of routine (RCA) and special (SCAL) core analysis datasets; and teaches how to apply these principles to a fully computerised formation evaluation workflow

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Reservoir Engineering (EG501L) - 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.

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Well and Production Engineering (EG50T6) - 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

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

Reservoir Simulation (EG552B) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of theoretical formulation, data sources and integration into simulator, and quantification of uncertainties necessary for transforming real reservoir engineering problems into manageable numerical simulation models.

View detailed information about this course

Well Testing: Analysis and Design (EG552J) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of well fluids and reservoir testing and the implications for reservoir characterisation and field development. The theory of reservoir pressure testing is introduced, testing methods examined and some of the standard analysis techniques are explored using both “hand calculations” and industry standard software.

View detailed information about this course

Field Development and Petroleum Economics (EG552F) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides a detailed overview of oil and gas field development from discovery to abandonment with particular focus on the decisions made prior to first production. The roles of uncertainties, economics considerations, safety and environmental impact on the design choices are explored.

View detailed information about this course

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG552G) - 15 Credit Points

With growing demand on energy, there is increasing need to maximise the production of oil and gas, especially from depleting reservoirs. This course examines the methods and processes of enhanced recovery of oil and gas and provides students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop, acquire and safely integrate enhanced oil recovery technologies into field development plan and field operations.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 30 months Online Learning Part Time January
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5554) - 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

Petrophysics, Core Analysis and Formation Evaluation (GL5555) - 15 Credit Points

Petrophysics and core analysis are key disciplines in the oil industry, providing the main data on porosity, permeability and fluid saturations in the subsurface. Petrophysics is a crossroads discipline and petrophysicists work closely with geologists and petroleum engineers in exploration and production. This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

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

Well and Production Engineering (EG502L) - 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

Reservoir Simulation (EG552H) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of theoretical formulation, data sources and integration into simulator, and quantification of uncertainties necessary for transforming real reservoir engineering problems into manageable numerical simulation models.

View detailed information about this course

Well Testing: Analysis and Design (EG552J) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of well fluids and reservoir testing and the implications for reservoir characterisation and field development. The theory of reservoir pressure testing is introduced, testing methods examined and some of the standard analysis techniques are explored using both “hand calculations” and industry standard software.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Field Development and Petroleum Economics (EG502M) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides a detailed overview of oil and gas field development from discovery to abandonment with particular focus on the decisions made prior to first production. The roles of uncertainties, economics considerations, safety and environmental impact on the design choices are explored.

View detailed information about this course

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG502N) - 15 Credit Points

With growing demand on energy, there is increasing need to maximise the production of oil and gas, especially from depleting reservoirs. This course examines the methods and processes of enhanced recovery of oil and gas and provides students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop, acquire and safely integrate enhanced oil recovery technologies into field development plan and field operations.

View detailed information about this course

Individual Project In Petroleum Engineering (EG552K) - 60 Credit Points

This course offers the student the opportunity to put acquired technical knowledge and skills into practical application through independent and individual project work.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5054) - 15 Credit Points

Petroleum geoscience is one of the main disciplines in the oil industry, and is particularly important during exploration, appraisal and production. Petroleum geologists work closely with petroleum engineers in modelling oilfields and the flow of fluids in the subsurface. This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

Petrophysics, Core Analysis and Formation Evaluation (GL5055) - 15 Credit Points

Petrophysics and core analysis are key disciplines in the oil industry, providing the main data on porosoty, permeability and fluid saturations in the subsurface. Petrophysics is a crossroads discipline and petrophysicists work closely with geologists and petroleum engineers in exploration and production. This course provides essential information to allow petroleum engineers to interact effectively with geoscientists.

View detailed information about this course

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

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

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Reservoir Simulation (EG502H) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides an understanding of theoretical formulation, data sources and integration into simulator, and quantification of uncertainties necessary for transforming real reservoir engineering problems into manageable numerical simulation models.

View detailed information about this course

Well Testing: Analysis and Design (EG502J) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of well fluids and reservoir testing and the implications for reservoir characterisation and field development. The theory of reservoir pressure testing is introduced, testing methods examined and some of the standard analysis techniques are explored using both “hand calculations” and industry standard software.

View detailed information about this course

Field Development and Petroleum Economics (EG552F) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides a detailed overview of oil and gas field development from discovery to abandonment with particular focus on the decisions made prior to first production. The roles of uncertainties, economics considerations, safety and environmental impact on the design choices are explored.

View detailed information about this course

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG552G) - 15 Credit Points

With growing demand on energy, there is increasing need to maximise the production of oil and gas, especially from depleting reservoirs. This course examines the methods and processes of enhanced recovery of oil and gas and provides students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop, acquire and safely integrate enhanced oil recovery technologies into field development plan and field operations.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Engineering (EG5913) - 60 Credit Points

This course offers the student the opportunity to put acquired technical knowledge and skills into practical application through independent and individual project work.

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
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

The principal method of assessment is through end of course written examinations and continuous assessment. Examinations for the first semester courses are in December and those for the second semester are in May. Candidates are normally expected to pass all examinations and all projects submissions. As an MSc student, you must submit a dissertation on your project. Online learning students who live near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Why Study Petroleum 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).

The programme will enable you to develop skills and understanding in the fundamental aspects of Petroleum Engineering, in particular, formation evaluation, well drilling and production, reservoir engineering and simulation.

  • You will also be able to appraise and select the appropriate technologies for safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas.
  • The programme aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required for an integrated study and evaluation of a prospect, leading to a viable oil and gas field development plan.
  • Hands-on experience of using industry standard simulation software in all aspects of petroleum engineering is developed within the taught courses
  • We also have a strong industry involvement in software training and technical presentation on the programme.
  • While you will be studying online, our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", brings you closer to the industry.
  • 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. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop crucial business links alongside your learning.
  • 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.
  • Our engineering graduates move into very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO and MD level. It doesn't matter where in the world you end up working, you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you. Our School of Engineering truly is a global family networ

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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 any branch of Engineering or Applied Mathematics.
  • Those with a High 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Students with Geology, Physics or Chemistry degrees may be considered if they have a 2:1 degree AND 2+ years relevant work experience.
  • Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Physics.

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

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:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

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. 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.

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

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

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
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
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.
Indicative Programme Fee £11,955
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2018/19 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 60 credits of study per year over 3 years and includes a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation.
MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,185
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Students starting in 2019/20 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.
Indicative Programme Fee £12,130
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 60 credits of study per year over 3 years and includes a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees 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.

Careers

Petroleum Engineering is an over-arching discipline which contains a number of more specialised elements, including Reservoir Engineering and Drilling. Our programme is fast becoming one of the most respected of its kind in the UK and recognised by industry employers around the globe. Graduating from our MSc Petroleum Engineering degree will open up a number of career opportunities for you.

Career Opportunities

  • Drilling Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Piping Specification Engineer
  • Production Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Reservoir Simulation Engineer
  • Subsurface Engineer
  • Wellhead Engineer

What our Alumni Say

Derek du Plessix

Derek du Plessix

Derek du Plessix

Job Details
E&P Sales Manager
Graduated 2015

Great reputation for its Petroleum Engineering program and the fact that Aberdeen represents a pioneering city in the Oil & Gas sector.

Emmanuel Odoom

Emmanuel Odoom

Emmanuel Odoom

Job Details
Executive Trainee
Graduated 2015

My MSc in Petroleum Engineering did not only prepare me for the petroleum industry but also equipped me with requisite skills needed for the job industry at large.

Surakat Kudehinbu

Surakat Kudehinbu

Surakat Kudehinbu

Graduated 2015

The experience of being tutored, by persons with decades of experience in industry. The partnership cultivated by the course and the local industrial sector, providing a good practical ethos to the course.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Professor David Macdonald
Dr Amer Syed
Dr Yukie Tanino
Programme Coordinator
Dr Lateef Akanji

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
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
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Aberdeen
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