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The course is aimed at practising drilling engineers. It focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management. Read more

The course is aimed at practising drilling engineers. It focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management. Typical students include those working in oil and gas companies, energy companies, national oil companies, engineering firms and project service companies. Graduates of MSc Drilling and Well Engineering are now employed in every oil producing area of the world and work for many of the oil majors and drilling contractors. 

The course focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management.

You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Your programme of study. If have an engineering, science or mathematics degree and you are considering work in the oil and gas industry worldwide Petroleum Engineering can provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills within the upstream oil and gas extraction area. Read more

Your programme of study

If have an engineering, science or mathematics degree and you are considering work in the oil and gas industry worldwide Petroleum Engineering can provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills within the upstream oil and gas extraction area. The programme mainly focuses on the skills you need to extract oil which can be the initial geoscience knowledge through to core analysis and reservoir engineering. Within reservoir and well engineering there are several areas of analysis, testing and development you then specialise in. This ensures you have a very robust approach to offshore production with the type of advanced skills to problem solve and troubleshoot different situations.

The programme also develops your skills in formation evaluation, simulation, and appraisal plus safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas. This programme is highly regarded in the industry internationally and it is recognised by all major players in the oil and gas industry. Careers can be anything from Drilling, Operations, Piping Specification, Production, Reservoir, Subsurface and Wellhead Engineer. The degree hold accreditation from the Energy Institute and Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

This programme is relevant for any oil and gas professional or professional interested in working in the industry worldwide. It is taught by world renowned international experts from the industry, researching and teaching the skills and knowledge necessary. Aberdeen is seen as the oil and gas European capital of the industry with major FTSE 100 multinationals located in the city.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Petrophysics, Core Analysis, and Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Well and Production Engineering

Semester 2

  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Well Test: Analysis and Design
  • Field Development and Petroleum Economics
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery

Semester 3

  • Project in Petroleum Engineering

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

for online delivery

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You get accreditation from the Energy Institute and Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • The programme is jointly delivered from the department of Geology and Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering is highly regarded and designed with the industry
  • This programme is also delivered in an online version

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start
  • There is an online programme available from University of Aberdeen to study flexibly (details above)

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. Read more

Your programme of study

This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. You can study this to fit around your lifestyle and study at University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen city, a university providing wide ranging programmes specifically for the oil and gas industry since the 1970s. You study with world renowned academics who have closely studied, consulted with and researched the oil and gas industry. 

If you are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and you have a science or engineering background you might want to consider Oil and Gas Engineering at Master's degree level. This qualification takes you across the full life cycle of production and it contains quite a few employable elements and modules in themselves giving you a wide variety of skills and knowledge to take with you into employment. You will often work with other specialists on offshore drilling platforms and facilities recording information on drilling, researching the most productive areas, ensuring maintenance and health and safety and a constant flow from a well. You also oversee some of the decommissioning aspects to redundant equipment on site.

This is a highly skilled job with a lot of responsibility associated to it, and you receive excellent input from University of Aberdeen which has been teaching oil and gas related subjects since the inception of the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen since the 1970s. Aberdeen is known the world over for energy production out of Aberdeen city and academics have worked with industry to ensure that knowledge is relevant now and in the future. You study use of technology and management of energy innovation projects.

Courses listed for the programme

Year 1

  • Compulsory
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Fundamentals of Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Well and Production Engineering
  • Flow Assurance

Year 2

  • Compulsory
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Facilities Engineering

Year 3

  • Individual Project in Oil and Gas Engineering

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  •  You can study online in your own free time and pay by module
  • You can take up to six years to complete the degree if 27 months is not long enough for your personal circumstances
  • You study at University of Aberdeen a world renowned university linked to the oil and gas industry and research
  • You are taught by internationally respected researchers known to the oil and gas industry

Where you study

  • Online Learning
  • 5 Months, 27 Months, or 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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Campus Facilities

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. This is a flexible online programme which offers you a variety of study options to gain your MSc in Petroleum Engineering from as little as 36 months to a maximum of 72 months to complete with 10-12 hours of study per week on average. Read more

Your programme of study

This is a flexible online programme which offers you a variety of study options to gain your MSc in Petroleum Engineering from as little as 36 months to a maximum of 72 months to complete with 10-12 hours of study per week on average. You can study this programme from anywhere in the world and it offers the same academic rigour you would expect if you were studying on campus at University of Aberdeen but you can fit it around a busy life, work, other responsibilities and much more.

If have an engineering, science or mathematics degree and you are considering work in the oil and gas industry worldwide Petroleum Engineering can provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills within the upstream oil and gas extraction area. The programme mainly focuses on the skills you need to extract oil which can be the initial geoscience knowledge through to core analysis and reservoir engineering. Within reservoir and well engineering there are several areas of analysis, testing and development you then specialise in. This ensures you have a very robust approach to offshore production with the type of advanced skills to problem solve and troubleshoot different situations.

The programme also develops your skills in formation evaluation, simulation, and appraisal plus safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas. This programme is highly regarded in the industry internationally and it is recognised by all major players in the oil and gas industry. Careers can be anything from Drilling, Operations, Piping Specification, Production, Reservoir, Subsurface and Wellhead Engineer. The degree hold accreditation from the Energy Institute and Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Courses listed for the programme

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is fully flexible to allow you to study wherever you are online
  • You will acquire skills and knowledge from a programme closely linked to industry needs
  • You study with a university situated in the heart of the European and world Energy Industry, many companies are located here
  • You study with two highly regarded departments in Geology and Engineering and at University of Aberdeen which is very well known in the oil and gas industry globally
  • You can pay by module and take the degree over a longer period up to six years

Where you study

  • Online Learning
  • 5 Months, 27 Months, or 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

You may be also interested in the campus delivery of this programme

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Your programme of study. If you are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and you have a science or engineering background you might want to consider Oil and Gas Engineering at Master's degree level. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and you have a science or engineering background you might want to consider Oil and Gas Engineering at Master's degree level. This qualification takes you across the full life cycle of production and it contains quite a few employable elements and modules in themselves giving you a wide variety of skills and knowledge to take with you into employment. You will often work with other specialists on offshore drilling platforms and facilities recording information on drilling, researching the most productive areas, ensuring maintenance and health and safety and a constant flow from a well. You also oversee some of the decommissioning aspects to redundant equipment on site.

This is a highly skilled job with a lot of responsibility associated to it, and you receive excellent input from University of Aberdeen which has been teaching oil and gas related subjects since the inception of the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen since the 1970s. Aberdeen is known the world over for energy production out of Aberdeen city and academics have worked with industry to ensure that knowledge is relevant now and in the future. You study use of technology and management of energy innovation projects.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience

Semester 2

  • Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Flow Assurance

Semester 3

  • Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme allows you to explore a wide range of career options due to its breadth and depth
  • You learn technological skills, health and safety plus risk management, planning and communication
  • The programme is fully accredited by IMechE and Energy Institute both industry recognised
  • You are uniquely situated in Aberdeen city, Scotland, home of the European energy industry

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 12 Months
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector and our MSc helps you gain knowledge and develop skills with industrial relevance. Read more

Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector and our MSc helps you gain knowledge and develop skills with industrial relevance. Petroleum reservoir engineering, well drilling, petroleum chemistry and economics of the oil and gas sector are just some of the topics covered.

Course details

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice) two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.

The MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc.

The programme of lectures and project work encompasses a range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems.

Professional accreditation

Our one-year MSc Petroleum Engineering course is accredited by the Energy Institute under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC. 

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification. The earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

The two-year MSc Petroleum Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as accredited title. 

Teesside University Society of Petroleum Engineering student chapter

Our Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student chapter is one of only nine in the UK. SPE is the largest individual member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Through our SPE chapter we can invite professional speakers from industry, and increase industrial networking opportunities for students.

What you study

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

You select your master’s research project from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles. 

Student projects

Here are some examples of the Major Project module developed by our MSc Petroleum Engineering students.

View the projects

Course structure

Core modules

  • Drill Engineering and Well Completion
  • Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
  • Material Balance and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Economics and Simulation
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Research Project (Advanced Practice)

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.

Employability

This course provides specialist education tailored to the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education, combined with our careful selection of candidates, has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists. 

It is widely recognised that a steady influx of fresh people and ideas is vital for the longer-term success and stability of an organisation. As a result, it is expected that recruitment will continue, especially if you have the motivation and appropriate qualifications.



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Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance. Read more

Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance.

Course details

The programme of lectures and project work, encompasses a wide range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems. The course is applied in nature and has been designed so that on completion, you are technically well prepared for a career in industry.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute, under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification, and the earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

Teesside University Society of Petroleum Engineering student chapter

Our Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student chapter is one of only nine in the UK. SPE is the largest individual member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Through our SPE chapter we can invite professional speakers from industry, and increase the industrial networking opportunities for students. 

What you study

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

You select your master’s research projects from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff, but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles. 

Student projects

Here are some examples of the Major Project module developed by our MSc Petroleum Engineering students.

View the projects

Course structure

Core modules

  • Drill Engineering and Well Completion
  • Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
  • Material Balance and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Economics and Simulation
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Research and Study Skills

MSc candidates

  • Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The course is delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is supported by excellent laboratory and engineering machine workshop facilities including fluid flow measurement, computer modelling laboratories, other laboratories and workshops, an excellent library and computing facilities. We have invested around £150,000 in laboratory equipment particularly in within core analysis and enhanced oil recovery. 

We have several computer laboratories equipped with specialised and general-purpose software. This generous computing provision gives you extended access to industry-standard software – it allows you to develop skills and techniques using important applications. For upstream processes, Teesside University has access to educational software packages like Petrel, Eclipse, CMG, PIPESIM and Ecrin to simulate the behaviour of oil reservoirs, calculating oil in situ, and oil and gas production optimisation. As for downstream processes, you can use HYSYS to test different scenarios to optimise plant designs. 

Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated to Teesside University a network system and 10 educational licences for the IPM suite (Integrated Production Modelling software) which includes Prosper, Gap, Mbal, Pvtp, Reveal and Resolve. This £1.3m system and software is used by our students to design complete field models including the reservoir tanks, all the wells and the surface gathering system.

Petroleum laboratory facilities

Enhanced oil recovery and core analysis laboratory

The flow through porous media, enhanced oil recovery techniques and core analysis is done in the core flooding lab. The lab is equipped with core plugging and trimming, core preparation and conventional core properties measurement equipment. At a higher level, the lab is also equipped to perform some special core analysis measurements such as fluid relative permeabilities as well as rock surface wetting quantification. 

Petrophysics laboratory

The petrophysics lab allows you to study the properties of rocks, particularly the measurement of porosity and evaluation of permeability. The lab is equipped with sieve analysis equipment to investigate grain sorting and its effect on permeability and the porosity of rocks. You are able to gauge saturation and fluid flow through porous media.

Surface characterisation laboratory

The rock surface characterisation lab is equipped with a zeta analyser to measure the rock surface electric charge. You study the rock surface wetting state, adsorption and desorption potential using digitised contact angle apparatus and thermos-gravimetric apparatus respectively.

Drilling laboratory

The drilling lab is equipped with mud measurement equipment including mud density, mud rheology and mud filtration systems to enable you to measure mud cake and formation damage. The lab highlights the importance of oilfield drilling fluids.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Employability

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of both the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education combined with careful selection of candidates has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists. 



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The MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering is a programme that encompasses a wide range of specific knowledge, in particular Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulation. Read more

Why take this course?

The MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering is a programme that encompasses a wide range of specific knowledge, in particular Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulation. It also gives you the ability to appraise and select the appropriate technologies for safe production and for enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas, as pertinent to the modern petroleum industry.

This course is planned to respond to the need for specialists in upstream petroleum engineering systems and management by meeting the growing skills shortage of people, with core knowledge in this field. It provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will equip graduates and working professionals in the advanced concepts of reservoir and field development. It supports career development for the industry as well as career change.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Undertake field work in a number of locations in the UK
Undertake an industry relevant project working with industry

The SPE Chapter is organised managed and run by the students for the students under the guidelines of SPE international. The Chapter regularly host events and guest lecturers from the industry as well as showcasing all SPE UK webinars. It also hosts several field trips to near-by sites and organises careers seminars.

What opportunities might it lead to?

You are likely to gain work in:

Oil and gas exploration
Reservoir modelling
Engineering and management
Drilling and production
Product marketing
Management and finance

You will thrive in an exciting developing research environment, where your project can involve aspects of research in close collaboration with academic staff and industrial partners, both in the UK and abroad.

Module Details

You will study six units on this course plus an individual project.

The course concludes with an individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Your projects will be tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health and safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.

Core units include:

Petroleum Fundamentals and Exploration
Reservoir Characterisation
Reservoir Engineering and Simulation
Well Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Energy Economics Management and Risk Analysis

Plus an individual project.

Programme Details

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and project work. Each unit typically has up to 48 hours scheduled for lectures and supervised activities. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our drilling, petroleum and computer laboratories, as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

Lecturers spend part of the scheduled time in the tutorial sessions to provide further opportunities to consolidate your learning and support you with any additional learning, for example with technical aspects of the course. You will also have a personal tutor who will support your engagement with other academic matters to enhance your learning as well as personal and professional development.

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes examinations, assessed coursework, laboratory work and a dissertation that can often be linked with industry.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests in all aspects of the Petroleum upstream industry. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this expanding and dynamic field.

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There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries. Read more

About the course

There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries.

This programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.

Aims

With high demand for qualified oil and gas engineers, graduates enter a global job market and can expect exciting career prospects - a trend that looks likely to continue for years to come.

As the industry now seeks the rapid drilling and commissioning of new wells to meet energy demands, along with major investment in heavy oils and shale oil and gas, skilled engineers who can rapidly design and commission oilfield installations will be the backbone for growth in this industry. It is precisely this type of engineer that Brunel’s programme will develop.

A distinguishing feature of the course is its ambition to instil systems thinking, by treating structures and their operating environment holistically as a system – helping graduates develop the skills to address a wide range of complex engineering problems rapidly.

Course Content

The programme duration will be 12 months for full-time study, or 24 months for part-time.

The taught part of the programme will take place during the Autumn and Spring terms over 24 weeks. Students will be encouraged to start planning their dissertation at the beginning of the programme. During the Summer term, students will be expected to focus their effort on their dissertation project, researching the dissertation topic full-time. Part-time students will be allowed an extended period to execute their dissertation project in line with the overall programme duration. However, they will be expected to devote an equivalent of at least one day per week on their dissertation project.

This programme has been developed with extensive consultation with the industry. It will be delivered by Brunel staff members and by industrial specialists. The programme structure is shown below and comprises two parts:

Core modules: The taught part of the course (Part 1) worth 120 credits. This includes a set of compulsory modules that provides fundamentals of structural and process engineering, and focuses on providing an understanding of how to design oil and gas structures such as pipelines, offshore and onshore to withstand internal loading induced by complex internal flows of oil and gas and also external loads such as waves and wind. Throughout fundamental mathematical, computational, experimental, testing and inspection techniques as well as codes of practice are taken into account. Civil engineering and construction aspects are also taught.

Dissertation: Your dissertation project forms Part 2 of the programme and is worth 60 credits.

Full-time (12 months) MSc and PGDip modules include:

Petroleum Production Fundamentals
Applied Engineering Mathematics
Structural Materials
Structural Integrity and FEA
Multiphase Flow Fundamentals and Flow Assurance
Dynamics of Petroleum Structures
Design and Construction of Installations
Reliability Engineering and Risk Management

Term Three (MSc Only):

Dissertation
Students will conduct a major piece of research (c. 30,000 words) in an area of oil and gas engineering.

Delivery will take place in block mode teaching with each module requiring a week-long teaching schedule. Laboratory sessions will take place at specialist facilities in the week following the module delivery and will last for up to three days each.

Part-time (24 months) MSc and PGDip:

In the part-time mode, four taught modules are taken each year with the completion of the dissertation following in term three of the second year.

Full-time and part-time (12 and 24 months) PGCert:

Students must take the Design and Construction Installations and Petroleum Production Fundamentals modules and select any other two modules.

Work Placements

Brunel has a purpose built award-winning Professional Development Centre with over 30 staff, including specialist industry consultants. The Placement service includes CV writing, one-to-one guidance and mock interviews. Brunel was named ‘Best University Placement Service’ at the Rate My Placement Awards in 2012.

Teaching

Students are introduced to subject material, including key concepts, information and approaches, through a mixture of standard lectures and seminars, laboratory practicals, self-study and individual research reports. Supporting material is available online. The aim is to challenge students and inspire them to expand their own knowledge and understanding.

Preparation for work is achieved through the development of 'soft' skills such as communication, planning, management and team work.
In addition, guest speakers from industries will provide a valuable insight into the real world of the oil and gas sector.

Many elements of coursework involve, and reward, the use of initiative and imagination. Some of the projects may be linked with research in the College's research institutes.

Assessment

Each module is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments and laboratories or a combination of these. Cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of the academic year. Examinations are normally taken in December and May.

Special Features

Students will be able to access laboratory facilities at the recently formed NSIRC site which are extensive, modern and well equipped.

Although we recruit a large number of highly qualified students to our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees each year, we don’t forget that you are an individual. From the beginning of your time here, you are allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through academic and pastoral issues.

The College is research intensive as our academics are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Much of this research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including leading oil and gas companies, construction companies, water utilities, and other leading industrial firms. We work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Japan. This research is fed directly into our courses, providing a challenging investigative culture and ensuring that you are exposed to up-to-date and relevant material throughout your time at Brunel.

We have excellent links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means:
Brunel degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market-place;
The latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course;
You have greater opportunity at the dissertation stage of conducting a dissertation in industry;
We have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.

Accreditation

This course has been designed and developed in close consultation with industry and the Oil and Gas Engineering MSc is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). We are seeking accreditation with the following professional bodies:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Institution of Chemical Engineers

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Your programme of study

If you are considering a career or enterprise in oil and gas management or its associated supply chain this degree draws from the strengths of both academics at University of Aberdeen and industry professionals in the city who have helped to shape the programmes and modules from their learning and experiences. The university offers knowledge spanning fifty years in oil and gas production and commercialisation. The university has worked closely with the industry since its inception in Aberdeen city and in the 1970s to provide advanced level learning in the sector.

The programme uniquely offers a great range of knowledge across Geology and Engineering, Business and Law specific to the oil and gas industry but applicable to other similar industries with similar features. The degree offers great value in terms of the range of disciplines it covers and it will open up a range of careers internationally. It also gives you the confidence and knowledge to start up an enterprise yourself or work in mid to senior management within an already established company. Business and Law modules will be very useful to a great many commercial situations and sectors if you choose to apply your knowledge in the future. This also applies to Geology and Engineering which are also subjects in themselves when it comes to employment options.

This programme is ideal for small specialist companies working with National Oil Companies and energy ministries to commercialise innovation in science and technology and improve hydrocarbon exploration. It combines science with law politics and economics. Alumni work internationally across the supply chain and some of them have started their own businesses.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Geoscience in Oil Exploration
  • Introduction to Energy Economics
  • Drilling and Well Engineering
  • Management in Engineering Production, Risk Management and Psychology

Semester 2

  • Porfolio Optimisation - Decision Making and Investment Appraisal
  • Commercial Law and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Remediation Technology for Geosciences
  • Research Skills, Professional Development and Field Study

Semester 3

  • Project Oil and Gas Enterprise Management
  • Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You develop skills and knowledge to confidently talk to specialists across science, engineering, and commercialisation
  • Research informed subject areas include earth science, petroleum geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, tectonics, and more
  • We work with Apache, Statoil, BP, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Shell, Pemex, to name but a few located in Aberdeen itself
  • You learn directly from industry professionals and academics with a high level of expertise

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • September and January

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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Why this course?. As oil is required to be extracted in deeper and rougher seas, new demands continue to be imposed on design development as well as new installation and inspection techniques. Read more

Why this course?

As oil is required to be extracted in deeper and rougher seas, new demands continue to be imposed on design development as well as new installation and inspection techniques.

This course is for graduates in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and related disciplines who want to gain advanced knowledge of subsea systems, designs and installation. This includes systems and equipment such as:

  • pipelines
  • wellheads
  • drilling rigs
  • riser & mooring systems

You’ll study

Your course will be made up of three components:

  • Instructional modules
  • Group project
  • Individual project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills. It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It will give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This will be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Guest lectures

During term time, we arrange weekly seminars in which leaders and pioneers of the maritime, oil and gas and marine renewables industries visit the department and present to students. This is a great way of supplementing your education with the latest developments and gaining industry contacts for your future career.

Industrial visits are also made to a variety of companies.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30 to 40% course work and 60 to 70% examination.

Careers

Offshore hydrocarbon activities are moving into area of water depths exceeding 2000m. Subsea drilling, production and control systems are becoming much more important. Therefore, subsea engineers are in great demand world-wide.

Job titles include:*

  • Drilling Fuel specialist
  • I-Drill Engineer
  • Junior Riser Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Well Engineer
  • Project Engineer

Employers include:*

  • 2H Offshore
  • Aker Solutions
  • BP
  • ENI Saipem
  • Subsea7
  • Talisman Energy
  • Technip
  • Schlumberger

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).



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IN BRIEF. The first course of its kind in the UK. Enhances your career prospects in the oil and gas industries. Gives you the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The first course of its kind in the UK
  • Enhances your career prospects in the oil and gas industries
  • Gives you the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is designed for engineering graduates who intend to enter or enhance their career prospects in the oil or natural gas industry. It will be re-accredited by the IGEM in 2016.

The course explores the geology, exploration, drilling, production (surface and subsurface), reservoir engineering and management, distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints.

You will develop the knowledge and the skills for problem solving in terms of development, design, business and economics management in oil and gas engineering which will assist you to make management and scientific decisions in the workplace.

On completion of this course you may be eligible to join the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers or Society of Petroleum Engineers which may enable you to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

COURSE DETAILS

As well as studying the topics outlined in the following modules you will be expected to develop, to a professional standard, a number of transferable skills such as numeracy skills by way of quantitative mathematical analysis, problem solving skills, communication skills during group work, laboratory report writing and time management skills.

DURATION:

September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months part-time)

PgDip (one year full-time or two years part-time)

TEACHING

Teaching will be carried out as formal lectures, laboratories, tutorials and workshops

ASSESSMENT

Petroleum and Gas Engineering students are required to attend all of the modules. There are seven examination sessions. Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50% in the module programmes and in the course assessed work.

All laboratory and course assessed work must be submitted on time and to the required standard.

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50 % may proceed to MSc level. (120 Credits)

MSc Students must undertake a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. The project can frequently relate to research work already in the school and or natural gas engineering and management.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand of graduates with the types of skills and knowledge that this course offers, employment prospects are excellent.

Graduates can expect to enter or progress in industries such as petroleum, gas, process engineering, chemical or steel.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This programme is strongly supported by major petroleum and gas engineering technology providers.

You will be assessed by both coursework 50% and examinations 50%



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IN BRIEF. Flexible but rigorous period of study for graduates working in, or intending to work in, the natural gas/oil industry. Accredited by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM). Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Flexible but rigorous period of study for graduates working in, or intending to work in, the natural gas/oil industry
  • Accredited by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
  • Excellent employment prospects
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

A comprehensive range of subjects is studied covering the whole spectrum of natural gas engineering, providing a sound base from which to select an area of specialised study.

You may also be eligible for membership of the Gas Engineering and Management Institute and subsequently become a Chartered Engineer. Alternatively you may wish to continue your studies to PhD level, researching gas engineering or other related subjects available within the School of Computing, Science & Engineering.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Duration:

September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months part-time)

PgDip (one year full-time or two years part-time)

TEACHING

Teaching will take the form of traditional lectures in a class room, with PowerPoint presentations and videos and reference to laboratory work, demonstrations, workshops and tutorials and use of specialised software as applicable.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework and labs – 30%

Examinations – 70%

Plus Dissertation

EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates pursue a variety of careers in the natural gas/oil industry. The programme covers all aspects of gas technology and associated gas business management and will enable students to increase their skills and technical knowledge.

FURTHER STUDY

You may want to go on to further study with our Engineering 2050 Research Centre as part of the Spray Research Group.

The Spray Research Group is specialised in the production of sprays, atomiser design and turbulent spray structures. The group has a wide variety of experience in applying experimental and computational modelling techniques, utilising state-of-the-art facilities to fundamental and industrial and commercial applications of sprays, the design of atomisation devices and Petroleum Technology. We have a wide variety of experience in applying experimental and simulation modelling techniques, utilising state-of-the-art facilities to fundamental and industrial and commercial applications of Petroleum Technology.

Our expertise also extends to fluid mechanical and instrumentation related research and devoplment in the covers the production of sprays, the structures of sprays and interaction with fluid/boundary interactions, mixing, vaporization and combustion.

Research areas include: 

  • Reservoir simulation modelling
  • Smart well technology
  • Drilling technologies
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • Internal and external fluid flow modelling of production facilities
  • Gas processing and transportation (GTL)


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A comprehensive training in the theory and practice of groundwater science and engineering, providing an excellent basis for careers in scientific, engineering and environmental consultancies, water companies, major industries, research, and government scientific and regulatory services in the UK and abroad. Read more

A comprehensive training in the theory and practice of groundwater science and engineering, providing an excellent basis for careers in scientific, engineering and environmental consultancies, water companies, major industries, research, and government scientific and regulatory services in the UK and abroad.

Modules encompass the full range of groundwater studies and are supported by practical field sessions and computing and hydrogeological modelling based on industry standard software.

Course details

This is a vocational programme relevant to graduates with good Honours degrees in appropriate subjects (for example, Geosciences, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biosciences, and Environmental Sciences). It is important to have a good knowledge of mathematics.

The lecture component of the programme encompasses the full range of hydrogeology. Modules cover drilling, well design, aquifer test analysis, laboratory test analysis, groundwater flow, hydrogeophysics, inorganic chemistry of groundwaters, organic contamination of groundwater, contaminated land and remediation, groundwater modelling, contaminant transport, hydrology, and groundwater resources assessment. 

These lecture modules are supported by practical field sessions, and by computing and hydrogeological modelling based on industry standard software. Integration of concepts developed in the taught programmes is facilitated through student-centred investigations of current issues linked to a diverse range of hydrogeological environments. 

Examinations are held in January and April. From May onwards, you undertake a project, a report on which is submitted in September. 

Projects may be field-, laboratory-, or modelling- based, and are usually of an applied nature, although a few are research-orientated. Our chemical (inorganic and organic), rock testing, computing, geophysical and borehole-logging equipment is available for you to use during this period. 

Career openings include those with consulting engineering and environmental firms, government scientific services and regional water companies, both in this country and abroad. Demand for hydrogeologists is substantial and students from the course are highly regarded by employers.

Learning and teaching

Hydrogeology is the study of groundwater; an essential component of the world’s water supply. More than 2 billion people depend on groundwater for their daily needs (approximately 30% of water supplied in the UK is groundwater). 

The aim of our Hydrogeology MSc Course is to provide students who have a good scientific or engineering background with a comprehensive training in the fundamentals of groundwater science and engineering, together with considerable practical experience.

The School is well supported and you will have the use of all equipment and facilities appropriate to your work: 

Computing

You will have access to the multiple clusters of PCs in the University Learning Centre and Library, and the School-based Earth Imaging Laboratory. The MSc course also has its own dedicated room for teaching and study with six PCs for convenient access to email, web and on-line learning resources.

The University based computers have an extensive range of software installed that covers the needs of students of all disciplines, but in common with the School-based PCs, specialist software packages used routinely by professional hydrogeologists are installed for our MSc students. These include industry standard groundwater flow modelling, contaminant transport modelling, geochemical modelling, geophysical interpretation and field and laboratory hydraulic test analysis packages. You can also register for more specialist software on the University high speed BlueBEAR computing facility if your individual project requires it. Research software developed within the Water Sciences research group is also available.

Laboratories

The School is well equipped for inorganic and organic chemical analysis of field and laboratory samples. Facilities include: Total Organic Carbon analysis, Gas Chromatography, ICP Mass Spectrometry, Ion Chromatography, Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry and Luminescence and UV/visible spectroscopy. These facilities have been used in a wide range of MSc projects, for both standard geochemical analysis of groundwater samples and for more specific purposes including studies of persistent organic pollutants and toxic heavy metals in the environment, and denitrification in river beds. 

The School also has a dedicated microbiology laboratory equipped with an autoclave for sterilizing media and equipment, a class II safety cabinet for handing microbial samples, and incubators. 

Facilities are also available within the School and elsewhere for geological material analysis, including thin section preparation and microscopy, a wide range of electron microscopy techniques, XRD, pore size distribution determination, and surface area measurement.

Fieldwork

The School has two field sites on campus for use by MSc students and research staff. Both consist of arrays of boreholes drilled into the underlying sandstone aquifer to depths of up to 60m.

The groundwater group is well stocked with field equipment, which is used extensively in research projects, for teaching, and particularly on individual MSc projects. This equipment includes pumping test equipment (submersible pumps, generators, packers, digital pressure transducers, data loggers, divers, dip meters, pipe-work and installation frames); chemical sampling and tracer transport equipment (depth samplers, sampling pumps, tracer test equipment and field fluorimeter, hand held EC, pH and EH probes, portable chemical lab kit); geophysical equipment (resistivity imaging, electromagnetic surveying, ground penetrating radar, and borehole logging); and a secure, towable, mobile laboratory for off-site testing.

Fieldwork and projects transform theory into practice and form a large part of the course. They are supported by extensive field, laboratory and technical facilities.

A weeklong course of practical work and site visits is held in Week 7 of the Autumn Term. The content varies from year to year, but typically includes pumping tests, small-scale field tests, chemical sampling, and geophysics using the research boreholes on campus. Visits to landfill sites, water resources schemes, wetlands, and drilling sites are also arranged in collaboration with the Environment Agency, consultants and landfill operators. During the Spring Term, field demonstrations are provided by chemical sampling equipment distributors and manufacturers. You will gain further field experience either during your own 4.5 month project or when helping your colleagues on other projects.



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This programme will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Read more

This programme will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

You’ll study modules covering core topics related to the downstream activities of the industry including drilling and production technology, oilfield chemistry and corrosion, and chemical reaction processes. You’ll also have the option to take modules in topics such as separation processes, process optimisation and control, and multi-scale modelling and simulation.

Practical work supports your lectures and seminars, as you split your time between the lab and the classroom. You’ll also undertake a major research project investigating a specific topic in petroleum production engineering, which could relate to your own interests or career intentions. Taught by experts in our world-class facilities, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in a challenging and exciting industry.You’ll benefit from the chance to study in cutting-edge facilities where our researchers are pushing the boundaries of chemical and process engineering. We have facilities for characterising particulate systems for a wide range of technological materials, as well as facilities for fuel characterisation, environmental monitoring and pollution control. In our Energy Building, you’ll find an engine testing fuel evaluation and transport emissions suite and other characterisation equipment.




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