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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or September

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

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. 

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, 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.

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

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MSc Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas 1 Year / 2 Years On Campus Learning Full Time, Part Time September, September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,200
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £19,000
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.


Safety will always remain a vital part of the industry. Those with the right level of engineering skills will always be in demand.

Career Opportunities

  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Project Technical Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Reliability Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer
  • Technical Safety Operator


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What our Alumni Say

  • Ifiok Etukudo, Technical Safety Engineer at

    Ifiok Etukudo

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    Technical Safety Engineer
    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!
  • Andrew Allan, Safety and Risk Consultant at

    Andrew Allan

    Job Details
    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.
  • Edet Eka, Project Engineer at

    Edet Eka

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    Project Engineer
    Choose wisely, University of Aberdeen is unique and one of the best in the world.
  • Foivos Theofilopoulos, Safety Engineer at

    Foivos Theofilopoulos

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    Safety Engineer
    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 at

    Evalyne Cathy Arinaitwe

    Job Details
    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.
  • Prakhar Agrawal, at

    Prakhar Agrawal

    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.
  • Ambrose Ssentongo, Health and Safey Engineer at

    Ambrose Ssentongo

    Job Details
    Health and Safey Engineer
    A good blend of University and Industry based lecturers guarantee a holistic view of the industry and careers available.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Srinivas Sriramula

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.


LRF Safety & Reliability Centre

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.

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University of Aberdeen
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