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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    5 months, 27 months, or 30 months (flexible)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    27 August 2018

Course content

This is a flexible online programme from University of Aberdeen set in the European hub of the oil and gas industry offers you a variety of study options to gain your MSc in Petroleum Engineering from as little as 36 months to a maximum of 72 months to complete with 10-12 hours of study per week on average.

You can study this programme from anywhere in the world and it offers the same academic rigour you would expect if you were studying on campus at University of Aberdeen but you can fit it around a busy life, work, other responsibilities and much more.

If have an engineering, science or mathematics degree and you are considering work in the oil and gas industry worldwide Petroleum Engineering can provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills within the upstream oil and gas extraction area. The programme mainly focuses on the skills you need to extract oil which can be the initial geoscience knowledge through to core analysis and reservoir engineering. Within reservoir and well engineering there are several areas of analysis, testing and development you then specialise in. This ensures you have a very robust approach to offshore production with the type of advanced skills to problem solve and troubleshoot different situations.

The programme also develops your skills in formation evaluation, simulation, and appraisal plus safe production and enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas. This programme is highly regarded in the industry internationally and it is recognised by all major players in the oil and gas industry. Careers can be anything from Drilling, Operations, Piping Specification, Production, Reservoir, Subsurface and Wellhead Engineer. The degree hold accreditation from the Energy Institute and Institute of Mechanical Engineers

The university is located in the heart of the oil and gas industry and offers a considerable range of programmes within the industry due to close research and industry connections since the 1970s oil boom. Aberdeen is home to multinational headquarters and world leaders such as Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Petrofac, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Sinopec Resources, Dana, and many many others. Many programmes at the university benefit from direct industry advisory panels, guest lectures, site visits and industry supported 'live' projects. The university is widely known worldwide and highly regarded.

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is fully flexible to allow you to study wherever you are online
  • You will acquire skills and knowledge from a programme closely linked to industry needs
  • You study with a university situated in the heart of the European and world Energy Industry, many companies are located here
  • You study with two highly regarded departments in Geology and Engineering and at University of Aberdeen which is very well known in the oil and gas industry globally
  • You can pay by module and take the degree over a longer period up to six years

Where you study

  • Online Learning
  • 5 Months, 27 Months, or 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September or January start

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