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MSc Drilling and Well Engineering (accredited by Energy Institute)

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Full-time 1 Year, Part-time/Online 2-5 Years
Honours degree in Engineering or related
January, September
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Masters study type: Full time Masters study type: Part time Masters study type: Direct learning

Full-time Begins: September
Distance Learning Begins: September, January & May

This innovative course is designed to deliver tomorrows Drilling and Well Engineering experts and is relevant to senior and middle managers and engineers.

Our work with industry partners, utilising industry standard application software, solid theory and hands-on practical experience means the RGU Drilling and Well Engineering MSc is an industry recognised competency standard.

By focusing on the concept of effective well construction and examining the lifecycle of the well, the course develops high levels of professional competence in the key areas of Well Design, Drilling and Operations Management and will give you real practical and academic skills which will enhance your career options.

Aims of the Course

This specialist course has evolved and is designed to develop a critical approach to the implementation of drilling and well engineering and to provide a broad and sound understanding of the scientific, engineering and management aspects related to selected areas of effective drilling and well engineering.

It aims to develop high levels of professional competence, to encourage innovative thinking, which can be applied to the discipline of drilling and well engineering. It will also develop initiative, creativity, inter-personal skills and a high level of independent critical judgement at a level appropriate to an MSc degree.

The course represents a significant advance in the delivery of specialised professional development. Its modular structure and flexible delivery are designed especially to meet the 'real world' needs of industry.


This course has full Energy Institute accreditation.

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The MSc Drilling & Well Engineering course is available full-time, part-time or online.

Module Structure

The full MSc course consists of 8 modules and a Project as shown below.
You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc in Drilling & Well Engineering.

The Stage 1 modules are:
• Subsurface
• Wells
• Facilities
• Business Essentials

The Stage 2 modules are:
• Drilling Technology
• Drilling Operations Management
• Advanced Completion & Subsea Systems
• Advanced Well Engineering

The Stage 3 module is either:
• Well Programming Design Exercise, or;
• Individual Engineering Research Investigation

Other related degrees offered at the Energy Centre include:
MSc Subsea Engineering
MSc Asset Integrity Management
MSc Petroleum Production Engineering
MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

At Aberdeen Business School
MBA Oil and Gas Management
MSc Project Management
LLM / MSc Oil and Gas Law

Visit the MSc Drilling and Well Engineering (accredited by Energy Institute) page on the Robert Gordon University web site for more details!

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