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Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas


Course Description

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) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

The MSc Safety Engineering for Oil & Gas programme aims to provide education and training at postgraduate level 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 courses and 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. There is a continuing high demand for people with specialist knowledge in these areas, partly a result of the 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.

The programme draws together students from all over the world, making the learning experience a truly international affair. The high regard the programme enjoys and the wide geographic spread of our graduates results in a world-wide recognition and acceptance of the degree.

Students can study on a full-time or part-time basis. For full-time students the duration of the Programme is 12 months, starting in mid September. Part-time students attend for the equivalent of one or two days per week over a period of two to three years, also starting in September.

The 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. The Programme also requires a final individual project, providing an opportunity for personal research and giving a deeper insight into particular safety and reliability problems. Each year, a large number of projects are carried out in industry placements or being supervised by industrial specialists.


Syllabus
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The taught part of the Programme consists of two half-sessions: the first running from September to January and the second from February to May. A number of industrially based external lecturers contribute to the Programme to give examples of how theoretical concepts are currently being applied in industry.

Topics covered include:
Fundamental Safety Engineering & Risk Management Concepts
Statistics & Probability for Safety, Reliability & Quality
Fire & Explosion Engineering
Offshore Oil & Gas Production Systems
Advanced Methods for Risk & Reliability Assessment
Applied Risk Analysis & Management
Process Safety & Reliability
Human Factors


Individual Project
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For full-time students taking the MSc Programme over 12 months, a dissertation is to be prepared on work undertaken during the final individual project, which will normally be specified in collaboration with industrial partners, supervised either in the School of Engineering or in the companies, and carried out from June to September. Please note that an industry placement is not compulsory and cannot be guaranteed.

For part-time students who are sponsored by their company or who are working for a company approved by the University, a dissertation is to be prepared on approved project work carried out within that company during the second or third year of the programme.


Guest Lectures
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In addition to the above, a number of lectures are given by practising safety and reliability specialists.


Assessment
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Assessment is by continuous assessment and/or written assignment.


Teaching
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Students are taught by staff from the Departments of Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology and Environmental and Occupational Medicine of The University of Aberdeen, and from the School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering at The Robert Gordon University. In addition, a number of industrially based external lecturers contribute to the Programme to give examples of how theoretical concepts are currently being applied in industry.


Careers
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There is a large demand for people with qualifications in safety and reliability engineering - in almost all branches of industry and within the regulatory bodies. This demand is likely to continue, and indeed increase, as more effort is put into assessing the safety and reliability of advanced and complex engineering systems and of ensuring that existing facilities can continue to be operated safely and economically.

People with research experience in safety engineering are also in demand and there are good opportunities for subsequent study leading to the award of MPhil or PhD, both in Aberdeen and at other Universities.

It is worthy of note that most graduates from this MSc Programme have found immediate employment, and at salaries well above average for engineering graduates, allowing for age and experience.


Funding
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Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding


More Information
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More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=safety

Visit the Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas page on the Aberdeen University web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ifiok Etukudo

2336.jpg I was attracted to Aberdeen due to the track record (mainly academic – since 1495) and the location (oil/gas headquarters of Europe).

What did you enjoy about your time at Aberdeen?
The beautiful and green terrains within Aberdeenshire plus the student fun nights.

How did your degree help you in your chosen career?
Greatly. I have been doing very well at work since I graduated. In fact, I hit the ground running from day one.

What you have been doing since you left University?
Working as a Technical Safety Engineer on Brownfield Modifications/Services for various IOCs

What is your current position?
Technical Safety Engineer

Company/organisation name and brief description:
Wood Group PSN – A specialist in brownfield services (Engineering/Procurement/Construction & Maintenance) for major Independent Oil & Gas Companies (IOCs) across the world with over 29000 employees worldwide.

Why you would recommend the University of Aberdeen to others?
It is fun and very challenging to study at the University of Aberdeen. 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!

Best bit of career advice you have been given?
Give it all you’ve got ‘cause it pays to work hard!

What advice would you give to prospective or current students?
Never be ashamed to ask for help/advice when needed. Play hard but work harder.


(Scholarship)

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition

Eligibility

Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.php

(Scholarship)

The LREF MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust is offering between 3 & 5 MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering Scholarships. The scholarship is open to all students wishing to commence the full time MSc in Safety & Reliability Engineering in September 2012.

The scholarship is valued at £15,000 for the one year duration of the MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering degree course. This will cover UK/EU postgraduate tuition fees, with the remainder providing a maintenance stipend.

Please note: International students will have 60% of the International fee paid by LRET with the balance of the award being paid in the form of a stipend across the time of study. International students will therefore need to be able to meet 40% of their fees from their own resources as only 60% will be paid by LRET and the balance of the £15,000 will be paid in 12 monthly installments.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£15000

Eligibility

To be considered for The LRET MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering Scholarship you will need to have applied to, and been made an offer for, a place on the University of Aberdeen's MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering degree course starting in September 2012. To be awarded The LRET MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering Scholarship you must receive and then firmly accept an unconditional offer of a place on the MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering at the University of Aberdeen.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form, and send it together with a CV and your reference to the Graduate School Admission Unit, College of Physical Sciences. You will receive correspondence acknowledging receipt of your application.

Forms can be downloaded from the further information link.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=182

(Scholarship)

Science and Engineering Distinction and Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Distinction Scholarships (£5,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of a 1st class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience).

Merit Scholarships (£2,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of an upper second class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience).

Eligible Programmes:

MSc Geographical Information Systems
MSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
MSc Information Systems and Data Management
MSc Information Technology
MSc Oil and Gas Computing
MSc Geophysics
MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management
MSc Renewable Energy Engineering


- Only self-funded applicants are eligible
- If you are eligible to apply, please download the scholarship application form and submit it alongside your programme application
- For Sept 2015 entry, the first closing date for the scholarship will be 1st March 2015. If funding remains, the next closing date will be 1 May and then 1st July 2015
- All relevant transcripts and other information requested as part of any offer have to be received by the University prior to any decision being made
- If unsuccessful for a distinction scholarship, candidates will be automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There will be no need to complete a second one page application form

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Value of Scholarship(s)

2000 - 5000

Eligibility

Distinction and Merit scholarships available for a selection of MSc programmes to students from a specificed list of International Countries. Visit your relevant country pages here to find out if you are eligible - www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/inmycountry/index.php

Distinction Scholarships - for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of a 1st class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject.

Merit Scholarships – for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of an upper second class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject.

Application Procedure

Download application form from our funding database or on your relevant In My Country pages.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=274

(Scholarship)

OPITO Piper Alpha Memorial MSc Safety Scholarships - 2 Awards

OPITO, the skills organisation for oil and gas, is offering two OPITO Piper Alpha Memorial MSc Safety Scholarships. Each scholarship is valued at £6,000 for the one year duration of the MSc in Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas degree and will contribute towards the students' maintenance costs. This is part of the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Scholarships Programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£6000

Eligibility

The scholarships are open to all students commencing the one year full- time MSc in Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas in September 2015.

All students meeting the criteria above, regardless of nationality, are eligible to apply for the OPITO Piper Alpha Memorial MSc Safety Scholarships.

You will need to have applied to the University of Aberdeen for a place on the 1 year FT MSc in Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas degree course starting in September 2015. You must receive and then firmly accept an unconditional offer

Application Procedure

There are a number of College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Scholarships available (please see guidelines document below). Please note that any number of scholarships can be applied for by submitting ONE application form. Please read the guidelines fully before completing the application form.

To apply, please click the 'Apply Now' button below. Please complete the application form and select the scholarship(s) you are applying for. Please only select the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Scholarships you are eligible to apply for.

Once you have fully completed the application form, click 'Submit Form'. You will then receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=89


Entry Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 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 at a 2:1 (upper second) class or above. Applicants with slightly lower qualifications (e.g. a UK equivalent 2.:2 (lower second) class honours degree) may be considered if they can demonstrate they have 5, or more, years of professional experience judged by the University to be of direct relevance to the programme.

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