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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time - 1 year / Online Distance Learning - Minimum 3 years and 9months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see RGU website for more details. - website

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

This Oil and Gas Engineering course is developed in close collaboration with industry to produces fit-for-purpose engineers who can make effective contribution from an early stage. It is aimed at those who wish to work in the oil and gas industry and specialise in offshore operations.

This course enables you to develop a critical approach to oil and gas engineering and develop a strong project management and team-work abilities.

Our close collaboration with industry ensures the specialist subject areas relevant to the oil and gas life-cycle covered are up-to-date, and provide the essential knowledge and skills required for an engineering career within the upstream oil and gas industry.

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 Oil and Gas Engineering.

Stage 2

In Stage 2 you will study; Engineering Project Management, Environmental Impact and Risk Management, Materials & Corrosion, and Completions & Subsea Systems. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Oil and Gas Engineering.

Stage 3

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

Full-time on-campus students

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions and external speakers, and work on group project case studies, team activities, and presentations. This allows you to collaborate with colleagues as you would within multi-discipline teams in the energy sector. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. 

Online distance learning students

You can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. You will be taught using the same material as the full-time course and supported by experienced academics and industry professionals. They will recreate online the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus course.

Activity Summary

Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.

Both on-campus and online-distance students will be supported through our online virtual learning environment (VLE), CampusMoodle, where you can access a wide variety of resources and other learning support materials, including videos, e-books, journals, the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the SPE database. For distance-learning students, the discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students. 

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

Combining the strengths of our staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, provides opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment options in a wide range of topics. RGU’s position in the Energy capital of Europe ensures that we have direct access to the world’s energy giants and national professional bodies to support your learning experience. RGU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter invites professional speakers from industry to increase the industrial networking opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment opportunities in a wide range of topics.


Stage 1

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

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 2 group citiques

Job prospects 

This course gives you the opportunity to work in the oil and gas industry in a very wide-range of roles with great job prospects around the world.


How to Apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

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




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