Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering


Petroleum engineers are concerned with the design and development of front-end engineering technologies required in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. Petroleum engineers also develop skills in project management & economics and environmental impact assessment.

  • Petroleum Engineering at Aberdeen is ranked in Top 100 in the world by the QS World Rankings 2021.
  • General Engineering at Aberdeen is ranked 12th in the UK and 1st in Scotland by The Guardian’s Best UK Universities, 2021.

Our Degrees

We offer a range of Petroleum Engineering degrees which you can read more about below.

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Pathway Programmes

The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre offers preparation programmes for progression to undergraduate degree study at the university.

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Petroleum Engineers work with geologists and other engineers to ensure safe recovery, processing, transportation, transmission, and utilisation of petroleum products often in very challenging environments.

In addition to the technical petroleum engineering skills, petroleum engineers learn and develop skills in project management, project economics and environmental impact assessment. It is not surprising therefore that petroleum engineers are highly sought after by major energy and non-energy companies around the world, and are amongst the best paid compared to other engineering disciplines.

The skills developed in studying petroleum engineering within a general engineering school like Aberdeen enable our graduates to contribute to the energy transition agenda (e.g. Geothermal wells and Carbon Capture and Storage) and make them highly sought after by major energy and non-energy companies around the world.

In addition to car and aeroplane fuels, there are many other common items manufactured from crude oil such as asphalt, ink, aspirin, fertilizers, toothpaste, etc. There will therefore continue to be a need for petroleum engineers in a wide variety of industry sectors.

The first two years of our engineering degrees cover general engineering, with elements of civil, chemical, electrical and electronic, mechanical, as well as petroleum. In the later years, you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin your third year.

Our 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programmes are accredited as fully meeting the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng). After the first two years, students on the four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) have the opportunity to pursue the 5-year Masters of Engineering in their chosen discipline.

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