Developed jointly with industry to effectively transfer the knowledge and skills from senior experts in industry and the University to the next generation of structural engineers. Professional training for professional engineers.

Delivered part-time via online learning only.

This programme is studied fully online.

Aimed at practising Structural Engineers. While a good honours degree is a pre-requisite, this MSc also requires you to have practical Structural Engineering experience, to provide the context for the taught material.

To enable you to remain in your employment the MSc is only available as a Part-Time programme and is taught entirely by online learning. Class interaction with each other, and with the tutor, is via module-specific online discussion boards and email. To sustain a good teaching experience and ensure good access to, and feedback from, the industry-based tutors especially, places on the programme are limited.

The entire programme of courses covers a range of relevant theoretical and practical subjects which have been selected to present you with the latest industry thinking and key engineering skills required for this crucial area of expertise. Examples of the former include, Finite Element Methods and Structural Dynamics, whereas examples of the latter include a number of Conceptual Design modules and the design of steelwork connections.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc or ISS
5 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September or January

How You'll Study

The MSc is made up of twelve taught modules, which are normally taken two at a time, over three years (although it is possible to take up to 6 years, if interruptions from study or a slower pace are required). Class interaction with each other, and with the tutor, is via module-specific online discussion boards and email. Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

The internet delivery is a staged release of teaching materials and coursework assignments with online quizzes after each teaching block. Teaching blocks are normally two or three weeks apart. Half of the modules will also have an end of module Examination - in December or May - which can either be at Aberdeen or at an agreed Higher Education establishment/British Council office convenient for the student's own location anywhere in the world.

Why Study Oil and Gas Structural Engineering?

  • Fully accredited by the Energy Institute (EI), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
  • To enable you to continue to work whilst you study, this programme is delivered by part-time, online learning.
  • The programme can be studied to full MSc degree level or can be taken as individual courses.
  • Half of the courses studied on the programme are taught by practising, experienced Structural Engineers. This demonstrates our commitment to ensure key skills are passed down to the next generation of Structural Engineers.
  • This is a hugely popular and competitive programme which demonstrates its relevance to, and key integration with the industry.
  • Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", 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. 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 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 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 network.
  • You will be taught by, and engage with a truly international team of engineering staff. Collectively they bring an incredible level of industrial experience and academic expertise from working on major projects around the world.

Entry Requirements


Minimum requirements for this programme are a 2:1 (upper second class) Honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, or equivalent, with ideally 1 or 2 years (depending on its nature) of relevant experience.

Flexibility may be shown to those with 2:2 (lower second class) Civil or Structural Engineering degrees who have significant professional experience. First Class Civil or Structural Engineering students with little experience may be considered after consideration of degree transcripts.

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.

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

Tuition fee rates can be found on our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

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MSc Oil and Gas Structural Engineering 3 Years Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,220
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Fee is charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
ISS Oil and Gas Structural Engineering 5 Months Online Learning Part Time September, January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,220
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Fees are charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

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.


Industry experience is essential to get the most from this programme. The programme is designed to enhance the existing skills of industry professionals in order to lead them on to the next step in their career and become future leaders.

Career Opportunities

  • Construction Engineer
  • Lead Construction Engineer
  • Lead Structural Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Technical Safety Manager


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Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Paul Davidson

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.

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Contact Details

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

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