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Oil & Gas Engineering

Course Description

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

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
• September or 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.


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

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:
• Your Accommodation
• Campus Facilities
• Aberdeen City
• Student Support
• Clubs and Societies

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Living costs

Visit the Oil & Gas Engineering page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Patricia Fleitas Calzadilla

2135.JPG University of Aberdeen is located in the most prestigious place for Oil & Gas business. The combination between a prestigious academia and industry was the principal reason for choosing the University of Aberdeen as my first choice for my career development.

I had the opportunity to have teachers with over 30 years of experience in the UK North Sea area which helped me to understand the current and future engineering solutions to address the new challenges ahead the Oil and Gas industry worldwide. Furthermore, I made very good friends from Greece, Cyprus and Colombia and we had unforgettable times studying long hours at the library, sharing our limited student budget and having a lot of fun while learning other languages and cultures.
The locals in Aberdeen are very open with the international students and despite the fact that English is not our native language, people made an effort to understand us and tried their best to make us feel like at home.

The MSc Oil & Gas Engineering is very wide and covers the entire value chain from upstream to downstream operations. My programme help me to understand the current and future technologies, safety applications, economic policies, project management and energy implications into the trading markets that are implicit into the Oil and Gas industry. Thanks to the knowledge acquired, I have more effective work teams and I can give a valuable opinion on areas that are outside of my fist degree (Process Engineering).

Thanks to the advices of the career services in Aberdeen University, I got a summer placement job in Wood Group Frontier and after complete my studies they offered me a position as Process Engineer in Aberdeen. I have been travelling, receiving trainings and getting more responsibilities in the company.

Aberdeen University will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and networking with people from the energy industry. The teachers and staff are there to make the most of your student experience and after completing your studies you will go wherever you will decide to go.

Aberdeen University is not just an institution. It is the first step to professional and intellectual growth and after completed your studies the well established recognition of Aberdeen University will help you to open the doors of the career development that you are dreaming for.

(Student Profile)

Azu-Asonye Onwudebe

2334.jpg The reputable courses offered, which are tailored towards the Energy Industry, and the traditional nature of the University made it ideal for my needs. I was motivated by the strong presence of International students at the Institution, creating a truly international campus. The University’s ongoing success in Research & Development was also a source of attraction for me.

I enjoyed the quality of staff, the serenity of the academic environment and the City of Aberdeen as well as the great opportunity to meet and interact with experienced industry personnel.

My degree in Oil & Gas Engineering gave me a great opportunity in the Energy Industry.

I graduated in 2008 and my first opportunity came when I relocated to the USA where I joined Halliburton Energy Services as a Directional Drilling Field Engineer. I have since moved on and am now presently working for Baker Hughes Inc. in the Gulf of Mexico as a Directional Driller.

I drill extended reach wells, exploratory, developmental, re-entry wells, multi-lateral well pads, horizontal and directional wells. Referencing Well Plans, I ensure set targets are met using mud motors and Rotary Steerable System and the relevant calculations.

I would recommend the University of Aberdeen to others because of the proven track record of achievements as well as the relationship the University has with the Energy Industry thereby preparing students for a fulfilling career upon graduation.


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition


Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant Physical Sciences subject also at 2:1 or above.IELTS Academic (6.5), TOEFL iBT (90), PTE Academic Overall (62), Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency (176)

Last Updated

24 July 2017

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