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Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas
Safety remains one of the most important areas of focus for the global oil and gas industry. This programme delivers the safey engineers of the future.
This programme is studied on campus.
This programme provides education and training for graduate engineers in the general area of safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention. Safety engineering is not a subject which is adequately covered in most undergraduate degrees, so this MSc programme brings together those topics relating to the safety and reliability of engineering products and systems, including the legislative framework, in a unified approach.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate engineers to develop a career in safety and reliability engineering and risk management. There is a continuing high demand for people with specialist knowledge in these areas. This is partly a result of the new legal requirements to assess and control industrial risks to people and the environment, and partly because of the need to create high integrity engineering systems in many industries – for example, in the offshore, nuclear, transport, aerospace and process industries. The needs are global.
This programme provides an integrated approach to safety and reliability issues across most of the traditional branches of engineering, and allows students to specialise in offshore engineering, technical safety, reliability, legislations and regulations or human factors.
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
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
The aim of this course is to get an understanding of applied probability and statistics. Students will be able to handle variables of a random nature, deal with parameters of different distributions and data of scattering nature.
fires and explosions produce extreme loading on engineering components. Structural
steels lose their strength and stiffness well below the temperatures associated
with hydrocarbon fires. Safety-critical elements must be designed to withstand
both these temperatures and the blast overpressures that result from
hydrocarbon explosions. Simple models are used to assess the loading that
results from fires and explosions. Structural elements are analysed to
illustrate the design procedures that are required to prevent escalation and to
design against major accident scenarios.
This course will equip students with the required knowledge of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and to enable them to gain an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that need to be removed during decommissioning.
aim of this course is to understand and be able to carry out probabilistic
modelling of uncertainty in engineering components and systems. Students will
be able to obtain a good knowledge and understanding on random variables in
probabilistic analysis and be able to carry out approximation and numerical
schemes on components and systems.
assessment, the common tools used for (and the legal requirement associated
with) risk assessment are covered. Students will have a thorough understanding
on the components of good assessment and management of risks, and be familiar
with the basic requirement for HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA and the Safety Case.
will develop PIDs for major systems applying LOPA and including
instrumentation. Inherently safe
equipment layout principles for both onshore and offshore applications are
addressed. Layouts will be developed for
critical systems are reviewed and discussed.
mechanisms are addressed together with materials for construction
properties. Basic corrosion models are
presented for a wide range of fluids.
The operational modes which present most demand on materials are
reviewed. Corrosion in erosive
environments is addressed. Effects of
temperature deviations in fire & blowdown are illustrated and
analysed. Case studies are used to
illustrate common issues.
Human Factors Engineering (HFE) relates to how
people interact with engineering systems. Failures in these areas are involved
in all major incidents. Candidates explore them as part of this course.
First, a review of major accidents will be undertaken to identify how equipment
design, individual behaviours, and organisational behaviours contributed.
Equipment/system design and the effect it has on individuals’ behaviours is
explored. Human Error is addressed. Finally, organisational behaviours will be
examined. Leading and Lagging indicators are explored and their
strengths/weaknesses considered. Candidates have the opportunity to complete
practical assessments led by industry practitioners with specialist expertise
Full-time students will be required to undertake a project commencing in June, submitting their work in September. Students will, where possible, undertake this while on an industrial placement. The subject for a student’s dissertation will be chosen following discussion between staff and the student and in the light of placement availability. Part-time students will carry out a project during their final year of study.
course is for students studying MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for
Oil and Gas. Students may have opportunity to carry out the project as part of
an industrial placement. The dissertation is an independent piece of work based
on a topic of students’ own choice. The students are encouraged to focus their
dissertation on a problem confronting the Safety industry, and to demonstrate
how the fundamentals they have learned during the taught programme can be put
into practice. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and
demonstrate in-depth the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MSc
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
Communication and self-learning skills are enhanced through a series of tutorials, coursework, technical reports and presentations. Coursework involving group projects are designed to develop creativity, leadership and team-building skills and to encourage initiative and personal responsibility in the implementation of the projects.
Why Study Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas?
The programme is flexible to suit the range of needs of our students and is available on both a full and part-time basis, and also by part-time online learning.
As well as the key technological, operational and engineering elements, crucial human factors are also taught in relation to safety.
A number of specific industry scholarships are offered directly as part of this programme annually.
It receives advice and support from a Lloyds Register Foundation Advisory Board.
The MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas programme draws together students from all over the world, making the learning experience a truly international affair and providing world-wide recognition of the programme.
Campus study is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), Energy Institute (EI) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST). This means you can be assured that your teaching is recognised by relevant bodies and that you are getting the best possible experience.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Centre for Safety and Reliability Engineering builds on existing expertise and track record within the School of Engineering to form a world-class unit for research and teaching in safety and reliability engineering. One of the objectives is to continually develop and deliver a world-class MSc programme in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas aimed at educating the leading safety engineering specialists of the future.
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.
Our 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.
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, Mathematics or Physics.
Those with a 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant Oil & Gas Industry experience.
Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Mechanical subjects such as stress analysis, strength of materials and thermodynamics.
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.
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
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
The facilities are world-class with an ultra-modern new library. Academic excellence is key and you must be fully committed, determined & hard working to succeed. Above all, the rewards are huge!
Safety and Risk Consultant
I believe the university has an excellent reputation, particularly in the oil and gas sector. They also have strong ties with industry allowing you to establish relationships and potentially secure a job prior to completing a course.
Choose wisely, University of Aberdeen is unique and one of the best in the world.
The faculty members and external lecturers that taught in my postgrad course were all very open, helpful, and with commendable ethos. I really enjoyed working with them.
Evalyne Cathy Arinaitwe
Business Development Executive
The University of Aberdeen offers a good environment for learning, especially in the Energy sector being located in the Oil Capital of Europe. There are a lot of energy companies, both local and international dealing in oil and gas activities.
I choose to study this degree because safety is the key priority of any industry, especially the Oil and Gas. This course has enhanced my capability to achieve the industry's safety measures.
Health and Safey Engineer
A good blend of University and Industry based lecturers guarantee a holistic view of the industry and careers available.
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.
LRF Safety & Reliability Centre
Conducting world-class research in the general area of safety & reliabiltiy engineering at the University. To develop the industry focus of safety & reliability engineering research and facilitate the transfer knowledge.