MSc Petroleum Engineering is a key addition to our world-class suite of engineering programmes; bringing students closer to the energy industry.

Available as a September or January start.

Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years / 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 programme is designed with industry support and aims to produce world-class Petroleum Engineering professionals that are fully prepared to take up essential roles in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Drawing upon a long established track record of excellence in teaching and research, the programme is delivered jointly by the School of Engineering and Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, as well as key informed contribution from industry based lecturers and tutors.

The programme covers a broad range of courses including, the fundamentals of petroleum geoscience, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir simulation and well and production engineering.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part 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.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

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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Petrophysics, Core Analysis and Formation Evaluation (GL5307)

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)

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)

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

Reservoir Simulation B (EG551O)

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.

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Well Test: Analysis and Design (EG551Q)

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.

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Field Development and Petroleum Economics B (EG551R)

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.

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Enhanced Oil Recovery B (EG55Q1)

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.

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Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Petroleum Engineering (EG5911)

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

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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
  • Tutorials
  • Field Trips
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects


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, and may be required to undergo an oral examination.

Why Study Petroleum Engineering?

  • The programme will enable you to develop skills and understanding in the fundamental aspects of Petroleum Engineering, in particular, formation evaluation, well drilling and prodiction, 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.
  • Field trips and visits to industry organisations are a key part of the programme.
  • We also have a strong industry involvement in software training and technical presentation on the programme.
  • 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 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 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.
  • All programmes within the department are accredited by relevant organisations, ensuring your learning experience is as relevant and as professional as it can be.

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 £7,100
International Students Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year £17,200
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


  • 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.

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
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering Field Trips

    MSc Petroleum Engineering Field Trips

    Geological field trip to Fife, Scotland, Baker Hughes - visit to technical operations facilities, Plexus Ocean Systems - visit to technical operations facilities, Aberdeen Drill Centre - well drilling operations site visit.

  • Industry Support

    Industry Support

    Across our programmes in Engineering we have extensive support from industry organisations who teach on individual courses. Here, AGR listen to presentations from Petroleum Engineering students on the Field Development Plan course, which they support


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.

Industry Links

Hear from Business

  • AGR TRACS Training

    AGR TRACS Training

    This partnership follows on from TRACS’ involvement in the MSc Field Development Plan and Economics (FDP) course, which was a team-based integrated case study involving the technical and commercial development of an offshore oil field.


This Degree is Accredited by

Our Experts

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

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

  • Zhaslan Lukpanov, Drilling & Workover Supervisor at

    Zhaslan Lukpanov

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    Drilling & Workover Supervisor
    The process of studies, social life, ability to interact with people from different countries, great sport facilities, fascinating nature of Scotland, calm and peaceful atmosphere.
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    Derek du Plessix

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    E&P Sales Manager
    Great reputation for its Petroleum Engineering program and the fact that Aberdeen represents a pioneering city in the Oil & Gas sector.
  • Emmanuel Odoom, Executive Trainee at

    Emmanuel Odoom

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    Executive Trainee
    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, at

    Surakat Kudehinbu

    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.


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