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Your programme of study

Ever since the start of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea there safety has been a constant learning process within the industry to improve safety in all areas. It often informs other industries in terms of best practise knowledge which can provide useful learning to other industries.The knowledge gained in the North Sea has also been transferred to other sites globally to ensure risks are minimised when extracting energy. There are numerous risks associated with energy extraction such as the environment in which operators work in, failure in facilities and machinery, human factors which need process and safety factors designing in, and a very large ignition source. The energy industry can be one of the most hazardous industries to work in but due to the risks involved it can often provide a highly safe environment to work in due to the amount of measures in place to protect everything on site and that is where the discipline of Process Safety can ensure a very high level of safety in which to extract minerals.

If you want to become qualified in Process Safety Engineering and are from a Chemical Engineering background, or a Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering background but with good chemical/chemistry knowledge and you are interested in safety and process in this industry the programme will develop advanced skills in assessing risk, processes and analysis to continuously improve safety in the industry. The programme is offered in Aberdeen city in the heart of the oil and gas industry within Europe and often worldwide and it is informed by close links and support from the industry to ensure it is robust and relevant. Aberdeen has offered advanced knowledge and learning in this area since the inception of the oil and gas industry which cover the entire physical and business supply chain.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Process Risk Identification and Management

Upstream Oil and Gas Processing

Loss of Containment

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Semester 2

Applied Risk Analysis and Management

Process, Plant, Equipment and Operations

Process Design, Layout and Materials

Human Factors Engineering

Semester 3

Process Safety Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You can study this programme full time or part time to fit around your life
  • The programme offers one of the few opportunities to study this area of oil and gas production with direct links to industry
  • You study in the oil and gas capital of Europe and often the world in Aberdeen City
  • Graduates move into senior industry roles globally

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*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

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  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Visit the Process Safety (Engineering) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!






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