Introduction

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.

Can be studied on campus or online.

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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning or Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc or ISS
Duration
Various options available, see below
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • 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, 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.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

  • 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.

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.

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

Fees and Funding

Click a row below to view detailed fee information for each study option.

MSc Petroleum Engineering 1 Year / 2 Years On Campus Learning Full Time, Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,100
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
International Students £17,200
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,200
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £19,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
MSc Petroleum Engineering 1 Year On Campus Learning Full Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,100
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
International Students £17,200
Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,200
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £19,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
MSc Petroleum Engineering 2 Years, 3 Months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £590
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
Home / EU / RUK Students £500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £1,600
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
International Students £1,500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
ISS Petroleum Engineering 5 Months Online Learning Part Time September, January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £590
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
Home / EU / RUK Students £500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £1,600
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
International Students £1,500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • 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.

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

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.

Accreditation

This degree holds accreditation from

What our Alumni Say

  • Zhaslan Lukpanov, Drilling & Workover Supervisor at

    Zhaslan Lukpanov

    Job Details
    Drilling & Workover Supervisor
    Graduated
    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.
  • Derek du Plessix, E&P Sales Manager at

    Derek du Plessix

    Job Details
    E&P Sales Manager
    Graduated
    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

    Job Details
    Executive Trainee
    Graduated
    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

    Graduated
    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; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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

Contact Us

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