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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

    2017-18 Full-time per entire course:

    UK and EU students: £5,200
    International students: £16,300

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

This course produces fit-for-purpose engineers who can make effective contribution from an early stage. Developed in close collaboration with industry, it enables you to develop a critical approach to oil and gas engineering and develop a strong project management and team-work abilities.

The course is aimed at students who wish to work in the oil and gas industry and specialise in offshore operations. It will prepare you for a range of professional careers through suitable flexible study options. It has been developed in close collaboration with industry which 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


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.


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

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.


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. 


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.


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.

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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