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This is an online delivery of the on- campus degree which you can take flexibly part time whilst you work anywhere in the world. The degree comes from University of Aberdeen and a city which is headquarters to the European oil and gas industry. Teaching comes from research expertise worldwide within the oil and gas industry.

Ageing infrastructure from the golden days of the oil and gas and energy industry is now being identified for decommissioning. Some of it is in the North Sea but many other countries are increasingly realising that they need to decommission properly and effectively due to environmental regulation. Building a platform has provided a rapid and continuous learning process since the start of the energy industry but learning how to decommission a platform has now started a rapid learning experience about best practise methods across the supply chain and facilities available to deal with entire platforms and their various facilities are now an important concern.

The degree will cover all aspects of decommissioning process including engineering, legal, environmental regulation, business and project management risks and challenges across the oil and gas industry, You study the important aspects of offshore subsea systems, well plugging, offshore installations, project evaluating and economics, environment impact assessment process an regulation, and a group project in comparative assessment. You also look at process shutdown and disposal. This is a highly complex area due to the level of environmental contaminants and different types of facilities to take down.

There are many oil and gas companies now decommissioning in the North Sea with the Brent Delta platform being a highly publicised example. You may be interested in reading about decommissioning from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy which gives you more information about the process, the companies involved and some examples of environmental statements and other useful information

Courses listed for the programme 

Year 1


  • Offshore Structure and Subsea Systems
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects
  • Marine Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Process Shut Down, Structural Decommissioning and Disposal

Year 2

  • Well Plugging and Abandonment
  • Petroleum Economics and Project Evaluation
  • Group Project in Comparative Assessment


  • Choose 1 from the following:
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis*
  • Applied Marine Ecology and Ecosystem Management

*suitable for students with engineering, maths or physics background

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You can study this degree anywhere you have an internet connection from University of Aberdeen.
  • Aberdeen city is the European centre for the oil and gas industry and provides degrees and postgraduate degrees across energy industry functions where it is internationally known.
  • You learn from world class academics known in the oil and gas industry and within research collaborations
  • The programme gives you a massive suite of energy related modules to help you within decommissioning and wider areas of work in the energy industry

Where you study

  • Online
  • 27 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

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