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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Online - Minimum 3 years, 9 months Full time - 1 year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 2019/2020

    Per entire course (full-time)

    UK and EU students: £5,500
    International students: £17,280

    For distance learning please see RGU website"

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

This 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.

Delivered from the oil capital of Europe, you will benefit from academics teaching on this course, who have a wealth of industry experience, which you will learn from whether you choose to study on-campus or via online distance learning. The course benefits from several industrial visits and state of the art drilling simulators. Typical students on this course include those working in areas such as oil and gas, energy, national oil companies, engineering firms and project service companies, and graduates have gone on to related work across the globe.

What you will study

Stage 1

In Stage 1, you will study topics such as Subsurface, Wells, Facilities, and Business Essentials. On completion, you could exit this stage with a Pg Cert in Oil & Gas Engineering.

Stage 2

In Stage 2 you will study; Completions and Subsea System, Drilling Technology, Drilling Operations Management and Advanced Well Engineering. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Drilling and Well Engineering.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Drilling and Well Engineering.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Teaching and assessment

You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.

For the ODL mode, this information is based on the assumption ODL students can complete one 15 credit module (or equivalent) per semester. Typically modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the schedule. There is an element of flexibility to the order in which modules are taken and any change must be agreed with the School prior to commencement of the module. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project (ENM214).

For FT mode, modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the corresponding schedule. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures – 23 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision – 600 hours, made up of contact hours and non-contact hours over the MSc stage.
  • Independent Study – 127 hours per semester

Independent Study

Significant additional private study is expected during each module. You’ll work autonomously and take responsibility for your own learning and professional and academic development. The suggested hours-of-study-per-week and other information is detailed in each Module Descriptor.

Staff Delivering on this Course

The Oil & Gas Centre is directed and staffed by seasoned industry professionals and academics, and maintains extensive close contacts with industry to make sure you have the best opportunity for a successful career in oil and gas engineering. In addition to training individual Engineers to the highest standards, we also partner directly with many of the biggest operators and service companies to up-skill their existing Engineering resource. In addition to our knowledgeable internal and very experienced external staff, we benefit from guest lectures from the industry pioneer companies. Staff are also involved with research projects and externally funded commercial projects and consultancy work.


For full-time students

Semester 1

  • 4 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 4 written assignments including essays

Semester 2

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments including essays
  • 1 oral assessment at 20% weighting

Semester 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment

Job prospects  

You are encouraged to take industry-driven research projects for your thesis which ensures the relevance of your work and provides you with enhanced employability opportunities. Additionally, you will benefit from several guest lecturers which will enrich your learning experience and future career prospects.

Those studying full time will also have several industrial visits that can facilitate your entry to the job market after graduation or securing industrial research projects.


How to Apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Drilling and Well Engineering (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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