Oil and Gas Engineering, MSc

Oil and Gas Engineering, MSc


Delivered from the centre of the Energy Capital of Europe, this programme provides students with a theoretical and practical grounding in the key technologies to pursue careers in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.

This programme has January and September start dates. Apply Now.

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering is also available to study part time online.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September or January

The MSc Oil and Gas Engineering is designed to create future industry leaders. The wide range of subjects taught, including engineering, geology and chemistry, ensures that you will gain a deep understanding of all the key scientific elements of the oil and gas industry and an appreciation of how these different aspects work together to deliver projects safely and efficiently.

As well as learning the principles that underpin the drilling of hydrocarbons and well production technologies (including reservoir engineering, petroleum geoscience and flow assurance) you will also learn about project management and the safety and environmental considerations involved in the oil and gas industry.

Aberdeen is known as the Energy Capital of Europe and with hundreds of energy operators and supply chain companies based in the city and surrounding region and numerous industry conferences, networking and career events taking place every year, there is simply nowhere better to gain industry exposure while studying for your energy degree.

Our industry advisory panels help ensure that the content and learning outcomes of our programmes reflect the needs of the industry while guest lectures from energy sector experts and industry-supported projects also help ensure our students’ learning is in line with industry's standards.

This degree holds accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute, ensuring that the curriculum is designed and delivered to the highest professional standards.

Available Programmes of Study

NOTE: Full-time January starts will undertake the individual project over the summer period in between the two semesters of taught courses.


Oil and Gas Engineering

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January More

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £27,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £11,100
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD5506)

This course, which is prescribed for all taught postgraduate students, is studied entirely online, takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks.

Topics include orientation overview, equality and diversity, health, safety and cyber security and how to make the most of your time at university in relation to careers and employability.

Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’.

Oil and Gas Chemistry (EG551Y)

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.

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (GL5534)

15 Credit Points

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.

Flow Assurance (EG55F8)

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.

Reservoir Engineering (EG551V)

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.

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

MSc Individual Project (EG59M2)

60 Credit Points

The MSc Individual Project is an independent piece of research based on a topic related to a student’s degree programme. Students are encouraged to focus on a problem confronting industry or a related area. The individual project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate how the in-depth skills and knowledge they have gained during the taught courses can be used to provide solutions to practical problems. The individual project should contain a degree of original research.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

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.

Safety & Risk Management (EG50S2)

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.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (Ccus) (EG504K)

15 Credit Points

This course presents an overview of the motivations, challenges and technological solutions associated with Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). The main carbon capture technologies and methods, CO2 transportation and underground storage are covered. These are introduced in terms of their technical, economic, and environmental criteria, as well as stage of development. Examples of operating pilot plants are shown, complemented by industrial guest lectures and webinars.

Project Management (EG5067)

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.

MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September More

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £27,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £11,100
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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 Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

  • Shell U.K. Limited is offering three £20,000 scholarships for students starting a Masters programme aligned with the Centre for Energy Transition (CET) commencing in September 2024. Find out more
  • NEO Energy, an independent full-cycle energy business in the UKCS, are offering two postgraduate scholarships in a variety of taught degree programmes at the University of Aberdeen. Each scholarship is valued at £20,000. Find out more.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • 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. MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their project.

Why Study Oil and Gas Engineering?

  • 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 gain crucial technological skills as well as knowledge in safety and risk management, time management, planning and communication.
  • 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", brings you closer to the industry. Aberdeen is an inspiring place for future energy industry leaders.
  • Our location and industry links also put us in a unique position of offering a curriculum that is highly relevant to the needs of employers and means you develop crucial industry links while studying the programme.
  • 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.
  • 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 graduates move into very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry.
  • The Centre for Energy Transition (CET) at the University of Aberdeen is undertaking technical research to find energy solutions compatible with the UN Sustainability Goals and to provide the relevant skills training to support people and communities who seek to deliver the energy transition.

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.


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 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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate

The CAH3 code for this degree is CAH10-01-09. Students who need a visa to live or study in the UK must to apply for ATAS clearance. The ATAS clearance certificate must be valid when you apply for a visa to enter the UK. To find out if you need to apply for ATAS clearance, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

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


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

PTE Academic:

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.

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.

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

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


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


This degree holds accreditation from

What our Alumni Say

Darren Coughlan

Darren Coughlan

Darren Coughlan

Job Details
Field Engineer
Graduated 2013

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

Nikoletta Achilleos

Nikoletta Achilleos

Job Details
Graduate Safety Engineer
Graduated 2011

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

Amir Bayat

Amir Bayat

Job Details
Project Engineer
Graduated 2015

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

Fayankin Olumide

Fayankin Olumide

Job Details
Drilling Operations Support Engineer
Graduated 2014

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

Patricia Calzadilla

Patricia Calzadilla

Job Details
Process Engineer
Graduated 2013

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

Ziqi Ma

Graduated 2014

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

Hyun Kim

Hyun Kim

Job Details
Commissioning Engineer
Graduated 2014

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.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Henry Tan
Dr Lateef Akanji
Programme Coordinator
Dr Roozbeh Rafati

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
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