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 from the heart of Europe's oil and gas industry.

Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years, 3 Months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning or Distance Learning

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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.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

The below is the order of study for September starts. Those that commence the degree in January will complete the same courses but in a slightly different order. January starts will commence with the Semester 2 courses listed below, followed by the summer project and finally the Semester 1 courses listed below.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Reservoir Engineering (EG501L)

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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Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG50S1)

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.

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Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5033)

The course covers aspects of geology, geophysics and prospect evaluation to illustrate how geologists deal with uncertainty and risk during the exploration process. It will look at the place of the geoscientist during the productive life of an oilfield. Another key aspect of this course will be the issue of communication between geoscientists and engineers. By the end of this course students should understand how geologists explore for oil and gas, and the main tools at their disposal; the role of the geophysicist; how to make prospect maps; petroleum volumetrics; subsurface fluid flow; and the creation of static reservoir models.

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Well and Production Engineering (EG50T6)

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.

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Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Oil and Gas Chemistry (CM5515)

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.

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Facilities Engineering (EG5562)

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.

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Project Management (EG55Q3)

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.

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Flow Assurance (EG55F8)

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.

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Semester 3


Previous examples of projects:

  • Modelling of down hole drilling fluid temperature profiles during drilling operations - Nemein Ltd
  • Evolution of Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Horizontal Wells - AGR
  • Corrosion Resistant Alloy Tubing Equipment and Running Recommendations - Tenaris Global Services
  • Creating an Integrated Asset Model for the Greater Stella Area (GSA) - Petrofac
  • Well Test Analysis and Numerical Modelling for an HPHT Gas Field - Chevron

Compulsory Courses

"The project gave me a good knowledge of what it entails to work in a team, the ability to manage my time and develop good interpersonal skills. In industry, every individual must be willing to learn something new, irrespective of their background."

Individual Project (EG5908)

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.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Field Trips
  • Research
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Tutorials


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. Some courses conducted by the Geology Department have the exams during the course of the semester. 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.

Why Study Oil and Gas Engineering?

  • 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.
  • The programme is fully accredited by IMechE and Energy Institute which means you can be assured that your teaching is recognised by relevant bodies and that you are getting the best possible experience.
  • Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", very much brings you closer to the industry. The city is an inspiring place for any future oil and gas and wider energy industry leader. 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, get the chance to visit relevant organisations, attend industry events, 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 in to very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO, MD level. 

Fees and Funding

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

Fee information
Fee category Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year £4,500
International Students Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year £18,300
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £5,200
International Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £19,000
  • 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.


View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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.


  • 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.

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

  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé
  • Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme


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.


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Dr Thangavel Thevar

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.

What our Alumni Say

  • Darren Coughlan, Field Engineer at

    Darren Coughlan

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    Field Engineer
    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.
  • Nikoletta Achilleos, Graduate Safety Engineer at

    Nikoletta Achilleos

    Job Details
    Graduate Safety Engineer
    What is better than studying Oil and Gas Engineering in one of the oldest and most respected Universities in the UK and being at the same time in the Energy Capital of Europe?
  • Amir Bayat, Project Engineer at

    Amir Bayat

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    Project Engineer
    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.
  • Fayankin Olumide, Drilling Operations Support Engineer at

    Fayankin Olumide

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    Drilling Operations Support Engineer
    I enjoyed the quiet city, I enjoyed the fact it’s a city with so many opportunities in line with what I studied.
  • Patricia Calzadilla, Process Engineer at

    Patricia Calzadilla

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    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, at

    Ziqi Ma

    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.
  • Hyun Kim, Commissioning Engineer at

    Hyun Kim

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    Commissioning Engineer
    Aberdeen is an Oil and Gas city, so there are many Oil Companies which brought me opportunities not only to develop my knowledge, but also to meet people who are working in the industry.


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