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Your programme of study. 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. Read more

Your programme of study

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.

This programme is relevant for any oil and gas professional or professional interested in working in the industry worldwide. It is taught by world renowned international experts from the industry, researching and teaching the skills and knowledge necessary. Aberdeen is seen as the oil and gas European capital of the industry with major FTSE 100 multinationals located in the city.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Petrophysics, Core Analysis, and Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Well and Production Engineering

Semester 2

  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Well Test: Analysis and Design
  • Field Development and Petroleum Economics
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery

Semester 3

  • Project in Petroleum Engineering

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

for online delivery

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You get accreditation from the Energy Institute and Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • The programme is jointly delivered from the department of Geology and Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering is highly regarded and designed with the industry
  • This programme is also delivered in an online version

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start
  • There is an online programme available from University of Aberdeen to study flexibly (details above)

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector and our MSc helps you gain knowledge and develop skills with industrial relevance. Read more

Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector and our MSc helps you gain knowledge and develop skills with industrial relevance. Petroleum reservoir engineering, well drilling, petroleum chemistry and economics of the oil and gas sector are just some of the topics covered.

Course details

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice) two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.

The MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc.

The programme of lectures and project work encompasses a range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems.

Professional accreditation

Our one-year MSc Petroleum Engineering course is accredited by the Energy Institute under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC. 

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification. The earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

The two-year MSc Petroleum Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as accredited title. 

Teesside University Society of Petroleum Engineering student chapter

Our Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student chapter is one of only nine in the UK. SPE is the largest individual member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Through our SPE chapter we can invite professional speakers from industry, and increase industrial networking opportunities for students.

What you study

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

You select your master’s research project from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles. 

Student projects

Here are some examples of the Major Project module developed by our MSc Petroleum Engineering students.

View the projects

Course structure

Core modules

  • Drill Engineering and Well Completion
  • Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
  • Material Balance and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Economics and Simulation
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Research Project (Advanced Practice)

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.

Employability

This course provides specialist education tailored to the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education, combined with our careful selection of candidates, has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists. 

It is widely recognised that a steady influx of fresh people and ideas is vital for the longer-term success and stability of an organisation. As a result, it is expected that recruitment will continue, especially if you have the motivation and appropriate qualifications.



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Your programme of study. This is a flexible online programme which 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. Read more

Your programme of study

This is a flexible online programme which 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

Courses listed for the programme

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

You may be also interested in the campus delivery of this programme

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Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance. Read more

Petroleum engineering is key to the functioning of the modern world, providing both energy and materials for industry. Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location for individuals seeking to study for an MSc with industrial relevance.

Course details

The programme of lectures and project work, encompasses a wide range of petroleum fundamentals, pertinent to the modern petroleum industry. Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems. The course is applied in nature and has been designed so that on completion, you are technically well prepared for a career in industry.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute, under licence from the Engineering Council. This means that it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you could benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status, and it can help improve your job prospects and enhance your career. Some companies show preference for graduates who have a professionally accredited qualification, and the earning potential of chartered petroleum engineers can exceed £100,000 a year.

Teesside University Society of Petroleum Engineering student chapter

Our Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) student chapter is one of only nine in the UK. SPE is the largest individual member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Through our SPE chapter we can invite professional speakers from industry, and increase the industrial networking opportunities for students. 

What you study

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

You select your master’s research projects from titles suggested by either industry or our academic staff, but you may also, with your supervisor’s agreement, suggest your own titles. 

Student projects

Here are some examples of the Major Project module developed by our MSc Petroleum Engineering students.

View the projects

Course structure

Core modules

  • Drill Engineering and Well Completion
  • Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
  • Material Balance and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Petroleum Chemistry
  • Petroleum Economics and Simulation
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills
  • Research and Study Skills

MSc candidates

  • Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The course is delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Our MSc Petroleum Engineering is supported by excellent laboratory and engineering machine workshop facilities including fluid flow measurement, computer modelling laboratories, other laboratories and workshops, an excellent library and computing facilities. We have invested around £150,000 in laboratory equipment particularly in within core analysis and enhanced oil recovery. 

We have several computer laboratories equipped with specialised and general-purpose software. This generous computing provision gives you extended access to industry-standard software – it allows you to develop skills and techniques using important applications. For upstream processes, Teesside University has access to educational software packages like Petrel, Eclipse, CMG, PIPESIM and Ecrin to simulate the behaviour of oil reservoirs, calculating oil in situ, and oil and gas production optimisation. As for downstream processes, you can use HYSYS to test different scenarios to optimise plant designs. 

Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated to Teesside University a network system and 10 educational licences for the IPM suite (Integrated Production Modelling software) which includes Prosper, Gap, Mbal, Pvtp, Reveal and Resolve. This £1.3m system and software is used by our students to design complete field models including the reservoir tanks, all the wells and the surface gathering system.

Petroleum laboratory facilities

Enhanced oil recovery and core analysis laboratory

The flow through porous media, enhanced oil recovery techniques and core analysis is done in the core flooding lab. The lab is equipped with core plugging and trimming, core preparation and conventional core properties measurement equipment. At a higher level, the lab is also equipped to perform some special core analysis measurements such as fluid relative permeabilities as well as rock surface wetting quantification. 

Petrophysics laboratory

The petrophysics lab allows you to study the properties of rocks, particularly the measurement of porosity and evaluation of permeability. The lab is equipped with sieve analysis equipment to investigate grain sorting and its effect on permeability and the porosity of rocks. You are able to gauge saturation and fluid flow through porous media.

Surface characterisation laboratory

The rock surface characterisation lab is equipped with a zeta analyser to measure the rock surface electric charge. You study the rock surface wetting state, adsorption and desorption potential using digitised contact angle apparatus and thermos-gravimetric apparatus respectively.

Drilling laboratory

The drilling lab is equipped with mud measurement equipment including mud density, mud rheology and mud filtration systems to enable you to measure mud cake and formation damage. The lab highlights the importance of oilfield drilling fluids.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Employability

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of both the upstream and downstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education combined with careful selection of candidates has encouraged oil and gas companies to target our graduates for recruitment over the years.

The petroleum industry is subject to dramatic changes of fortune over time, with the oil price capable of very rapid rates of change in either direction. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates. In this environment, companies face increasing technological and commercial challenges to keep their wells flowing and are increasingly dependent on input from petroleum engineers and geoscientists. 



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Your programme of study. The programme is delivered on. campus. full time. and online. part time to give you flexible study options. Read more

Your programme of study

The programme is delivered on campus full time and online part time to give you flexible study options. If you want to join the growing companies operating in the subsea industry in Aberdeen or internationally or set up your own company this programme will provide you with a high level of technical training

The Master of Science in Subsea Engineering seeks to prepare highly-trained, highly-qualified, business-aware graduates that can make an immediate impact in their chosen career, and who can address the need for key skills in the subsea industry. Subsea Engineering at the University of Aberdeen has a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally, and the programme receives contributions from local industrial organisations in terms of relevant and up-to-the minute contributions to teaching, and support in the specification of group and individual projects.

Aberdeen is the heart of the European oil and gas industry, an international hub for companies engaged in Subsea Engineering. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop business links alongside of learning and developing international skills within the flexible, modular programme.

Courses listed for the Campus programme

Semester 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Semester 2

  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Semester 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Courses for the Online Programme

Year 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analytics

Year 2

  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance

Year 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Online delivery

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is a recognised hub and centre of excellence in Subsea, as Europe's energy capital and 'World Energy City'
  • The programme is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (MarEST) and Institution of Mechnical Engineers (IMechE). the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), The
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • We are able to draw upon knowledge and industry experience within the subsea sector on our doorstep to challenge you
  • The programme is very employable with graduates moving to CEO level

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • September start

There is also an online delivery of this programme

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees for campus delivery:

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out about online fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen for Campus Study

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Online delivery

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. You can study Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas flexibly from anywhere in the world as this delivery is online. Read more

Your programme of study

You can study Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas flexibly from anywhere in the world as this delivery is online. You can fit this programme around your work and other commitments part time.

Whilst Safety and Reliability Engineering allows you to apply your skills and knowledge to a wider range of industries, this programme is specifically for the oil and gas industry. It provides you with the knowledge to review reliability of engineering facilities, materials and products and legislative framework at the same time. Safety has always been of paramount concern in the oil and gas industry with a lot of learning and knowledge acquired since the oil industry growth of the 1970s. This knowledge has been scrutinised by University of Aberdeen and the industry to provide professional expertise to manage safety and reliability. Future challenges are being met to some extent by the advent of affordable sensors which manage difficult to reach places, but nonetheless require the knowledge and capabilities of professionals working in this discipline to ensure they are fit for purpose.

The MSc Safety Engineering for Oil & Gas programme provides training in safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention in the offshore, nuclear, transport, aerospace and process industries and more. Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

Courses listed for the programme

Year 1

  • Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Statistics and Probability for Safety, Reliability and Quality
  • Advanced Methods for Risk and Reliability Assessment (Distance Learning)
  • Applied Risk Analysis and Management (Distance Learning)

Year 2

  • Fire and Explosion Engineering
  • Process Design, Layout and Materials (Distance Learning)
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Production Systems (Distance Learning)

Year 3

  • Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The university is highly regarded within the oil and gas industry for continuous integration with industry needs and knowledge
  • You can study flexibly either part time or online
  • It is supported by the Lloyds Register and Advisory Board which in turn builds on the knowledge within the School of Engineering
  • We are ideally placed to provide this programme of study and support it with strong links to industry

Where you study

  • Online
  • Part Time
  • 5 Months or 27 Months
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

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

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs 

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. This is a highly specialised area of oil and gas engineering in which you learn the discipline and wider areas that feed into it. Read more

Your programme of study

This is a highly specialised area of oil and gas engineering in which you learn the discipline and wider areas that feed into it. You are taught by industry respected researchers and academics who have followed the oil and gas industry since the 1970s and its inception in Aberdeen city. Aberdeen is at the heart of the oil and gas industry in Europe and is known worldwide as a major energy hub.

Reservoir Engineering is a highly specialised but essential part of upstream oil and gas extraction process. It requires detailed knowledge of geology, performance and management of reserves. Often these reserves are deep in oceans or land and in very difficult and hard to reach locations with complex geology  so it is essential to have a high degree of skills and knowledge to understand how best these reserves can be tapped into in critically sensitive environments.

There is a recognised, global shortage of practitioners in the area of reservoir engineering which is addressed by the programme. You study a wide spectrum of reservoir phenomena, and to evaluate them in the context of petroleum engineering and cognate areas of petroleum Geoscience, within the economic context of the hydrocarbon industry. You have employment options worldwide in the oil and gas industry with plenty of options to travel to growth markets and untapped areas of reserves within multinationals and consultancies. 

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geo-science
  • PetroPhysics, Core Analysis, and Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Introduction to Energy Economics

Semester 2

  • Reservoir Sedimentology and Structure
  • Group Project and Research Skills

Semester 3

  • Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study with world renowned researchers at University of Aberdeen which has had a close connection with the energy industry based in the city since the 1970s
  • You take part in a field trip to experience application of theory and practical understanding of elements to the programme
  • You learn a wide range of skills applicable to this programme but also employable in their own right such as Energy Economics, Petrophysics, Core Analysis and Formation Evaluation. This adds value to your specialism in reservoir engineering.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. Read more

Your programme of study

This programme is delivered online to allow you to study flexibly from remote locations and anywhere in the world with internet access. You can study this to fit around your lifestyle and study at University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen city, a university providing wide ranging programmes specifically for the oil and gas industry since the 1970s. You study with world renowned academics who have closely studied, consulted with and researched the oil and gas industry. 

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

Year 1

  • Compulsory
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Fundamentals of Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts
  • Well and Production Engineering
  • Flow Assurance

Year 2

  • Compulsory
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Facilities Engineering

Year 3

  • Individual Project in Oil and Gas Engineering

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  •  You can study online in your own free time and pay by module
  • You can take up to six years to complete the degree if 27 months is not long enough for your personal circumstances
  • You study at University of Aberdeen a world renowned university linked to the oil and gas industry and research
  • You are taught by internationally respected researchers known to the oil and gas industry

Where you study

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

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

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Campus Facilities

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry’s most challenging problems. Read more

The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry’s most challenging problems. Upon graduating students will be able to understand, frame and solve the most complex of upstream problems in today’s petroleum industry.

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of the upstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education, combined with careful selection of candidates, has encouraged oil and oilfield service companies to target Heriot-Watt for recruitment of graduates since 1976.

The Petroleum Engineering degree is delivered by the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, a world-leading Institute committed to delivering research and training programmes that meet the needs of the international petroleum industry. Students have been attending the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University to study for the MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering since 1975.

Course details

The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is a programme of lectures and project work, encompassing a wide range of petroleum engineering fundamentals, relevant to the current petroleum engineering industry.

Project work provides an opportunity for ideas and methods, assimilated through lectures and tutorials, to be applied to real field evaluation and development design problems. The courses on this programme are applied in nature and have been specifically designed so that our students are technically well prepared for, and have a sound knowledge of, the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses



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The MSc in Petroleum Engineering programme aims at broadening, strengthening and integrating knowledge and understanding of the oil and gas industry processes. Read more
The MSc in Petroleum Engineering programme aims at broadening, strengthening and integrating knowledge and understanding of the oil and gas industry processes. You'll learn the mathematics, science, computer-based methods, design, and engineering practice to solve petroleum engineering problems of varying complexity, taking in consideration the economic, social and environmental context.

You'll gain a detailed knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir, so that you'll be able to predict, maintain and improve oil and gas production processes. You'll benefit from the detailed instruction you receive on a suite of software packages that are used in the oil and gas industries to maximise cost effective production from the field, these include: PETREL, HYSYS, Eclipse, Prosper and GAP.

At the end of the programme you should have obtained a deep and broad knowledge of the integrated model of the oil reservoir in order to predict, improve, maintain and to innovate the processes of oil and gas production.

Modules

Petroleum geoscience
Petro physics
Reservior engineering and simulation
Drilling and production
Advanced reservoir engineering
Petroleum economics and oilfield management
Group project (summer period)
Dissertation (summer period)

Professional links

• This Masters course is accredited by the Energy Institute.

The Energy Institute (EI) is the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector.

• Society of Petroleum Engineers

LSBU gained approval for the creation of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter in March 2007. The interaction with SPE-London allows our students to attend specialised conferences related to the oil industry, and also to have invited speakers from the industry, delivering presentations on relevant topics.

Employability

The complexity of the oil and gas industry offers a wide variety of opportunities for career development to petroleum engineers.

In most oil companies worldwide the petroleum engineering team consists of a geologist, a reservoir engineer, a petro-physicist, a drilling engineer and a production engineer. With this Masters qualification you'll be qualified to apply for positions in all of these fields. Each member of this team will be concentrating on their own aspect of the larger task in hand, which is to maximise cost-effective production from the field.

As a graduate of the MSc in Petroleum Engineering your profile will match the needs in different areas of oil and gas production, and reservoir engineering in large companies, which offer attractive graduate programmes, and in medium and small operating and consulting companies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Your programme of study. Subsea Engineering is one of the most challenging areas within the energy industry due to the locations involved in minerals extraction. Read more

Your programme of study

Subsea Engineering is one of the most challenging areas within the energy industry due to the locations involved in minerals extraction. It is a vital part of the oil and gas industry and though it is technically challenging there is a lot of new technology coming online to improve supply and monitoring in the ocean.

You are taught by industry informed academics from two main energy hubs internationally in Global Subsea Engineering. At Aberdeen you have the combined expertise of academics who have closely followed the oil and gas since growth in the 1970s at Aberdeen from which they have been informed by industry in the city. In Perth Australia you are taught by another major university at Curtin who also work closely with their energy hub both in the Pacific and Asian regions. This partnership gives you the best teaching and future opportunities possible within the Subsea sector in your respective region. You are awarded with a degree from both institutions giving you strength in the global employment market and the level of knowledge you will carry with you.

You learn in depth skills, application and theory within subsea environments to ensure sufficient knowledge about control, risk management and maintenance, flow assurance, reliability and integrity. You can begin the programme with Curtin by taking Semester 1 and the Project module in Perth and Semester 2 in Aberdeen as an alternative. Graduates from the programme have gone on to successful careers as CEO and MD within existing business and new business and as specialists in Subsea Engineering,. 

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1 (University of Aberdeen)

  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems

Semester 2 (Curtin University)

  • Phase Behaviour and Flow Assurance
  • Umbilical's and Risers
  • Safety, Reliability and Integrity Management
  • Flow and Pipelines

Research Project (University of Aberdeen)

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You spend a semester studying at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and graduate with a degree from both universities
  • Aberdeen is recognised as a global Centre of Excellence for Subsea. It is a founding member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance
  • Aberdeen is a major global hub of the energy industry and Aberdeen is recognised as a global centre of excellence in Subsea development and operations

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months
  • Full Time
  • September start

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.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:

 



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The modern society relies on the work of Chemical Engineers who develop and design the processes that make the useful products for the society by efficient use and management of resources including water and energy while controlling health and safety procedures and protecting the environment. Read more

The modern society relies on the work of Chemical Engineers who develop and design the processes that make the useful products for the society by efficient use and management of resources including water and energy while controlling health and safety procedures and protecting the environment.

Chemical Engineering provides essential tools based on the concept of sustainability and low carbon footprint for changing raw materials into useful products in a safe and cost effective way. Chemical Engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create everything from health care products (face creams, shampoo, perfume, drugs) to food (dairy products, cereals, agro-chemicals) and water (desalination for freshwater) to energy (petroleum to nuclear fuels).

Your study at MSc level at Bradford will be a foundation for life aimed at developing a deep understanding of advanced technical principles, analytical tools, and competence in their application together with a wide range of management, personal and professional skills. The course will provide you with essential tools based on the concept of sustainability and low carbon footprint for changing raw materials into useful products in a safe and cost effective way.

Rankings

Top Five: Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford is ranked 5th in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2017.

What you will study

The aims of the MSc programme are to equip the students with the theoretical knowledge, concepts and skills necessary for original thought and problems analysis related to core chemical/petroleum/polymer engineering.

Modules

Core

Option

Learning and assessment

The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the subject and the student intake, and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the Programme.

Career prospects

The chemical and allied industry is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for the whole of manufacturing industry.

This, when coupled with the increasing appreciation of the value of chemical engineering in many areas such as the foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industry, metals extraction, medical science, and environmental protection, means your prospects as a graduate are bright.

Recent graduates have gained employment at organisations including: Unilever, Lorien Engineering Solutions, SUEZ UK, PLadis Global, IMI Precision Engineering, British Sugar, KPMG.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Research

Internationally acclaimed research activities in the following areas:

  • Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering
  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Pharmaceutical engineering
  • Coating and advanced materials engineering


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This programme will equip you with the essential knowledge for engineering careers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors. Read more

This programme will equip you with the essential knowledge for engineering careers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

Upon completion of the course you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of oil refining and associated downstream processing technologies, operations and economics; process safety and operations integrity; and methods for the optimal design of process systems.

You will learn about the general economics of the energy sector, oil exploration and production, as well as renewable energy systems.

Furthermore, your study of the various aspects of petroleum refining will be augmented by unique work assignments at a virtual oil-refining and chemical company.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to provide a highly vocational education that equips the students with the essential knowledge and skills required to work as competent engineers in the petrochemical sector.

This is to be achieved through combining proper material in two popular and complementary topics: process systems engineering and petroleum refining. The key objective is to develop a sound understanding of oil refining and downstream processing technologies, process safety and operation integrity, as well as systems methods for the optimal design of process systems.

A balanced curriculum is provided with essential modules from these two areas supplemented by a flexible element by way of elective modules that permit students to pursue subjects of preference relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.

An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

The programme aims to develop the knowledge and understanding in both petroleum refining and systems engineering. The key learning outcomes include:

  • State-of- the-art knowledge in petroleum refining and petrochemical processing, in terms of the technologies of processes that comprise a modern refinery and petrochemicals complex
  • The principles for analysing and improving the profitability of refining and petrochemicals processing
  • General Safety, health, and environment (SHE) principles on a refinery and petrochemicals complex
  • Methods and systems for ensuring safe and reliable design and operation of process units
  • State-of- the-art knowledge in process systems engineering methods, in the areas of: modelling and simulation of process systems, mathematical optimization and decision making, process systems design and process and energy integration
  • Advanced level of understanding in technical topics of preference, in one or more of the following aspects: petroleum exploration and production, economics of the energy sector, sustainable and renewable systems, supply chain management

Intellectual / cognitive skills

The programme aims to strengthen cognitive skills of the students, particularly in the aspects of problem definition, knowledge and information acquiring, synthesis, and creativity, as collectively demonstrable through the successful completion of the research dissertation.

The key learning outcomes include the abilities to:

  • Select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
  • Collect and digest knowledge and information selectively and independently to support a particular scientific or engineering enquiry
  • Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies for analysing the issue, developing solutions, recommendations and logical conclusions, and for evaluating the results of own or other’s work

Professional practical skills

The programme primarily aims to develop skills for applying appropriate methods to the design and operation of petroleum refining processes. The key learning outcomes include the abilities to:

  • Apply knowledge of the operation of refineries to analyze and to improve the profitability of refining and petrochemical processing
  • Apply relevant principles, methods, and tools to improve the safety and operation integrity of refineries
  • Apply systems engineering methods such as modelling, simulation, optimization, and energy integration to improve the design of petroleum refining units and systems

Key / transferable skills

The programme aims to strengthen a range of transferable skills that are relevant to the needs of existing and future professionals in knowledge intensive industries irrespective of their sector of operation.

The key learning outcomes include the further development of the skills in the following areas:

  • Preparation and delivery of communication and presentation
  • Report and essay writing
  • Use of general and professional computing tools
  • Collaborative working with team members
  • Organizing and planning of work
  • Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering is a programme that encompasses a wide range of specific knowledge, in particular Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulation. Read more

Why take this course?

The MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering is a programme that encompasses a wide range of specific knowledge, in particular Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Engineering and Reservoir Simulation. It also gives you the ability to appraise and select the appropriate technologies for safe production and for enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas, as pertinent to the modern petroleum industry.

This course is planned to respond to the need for specialists in upstream petroleum engineering systems and management by meeting the growing skills shortage of people, with core knowledge in this field. It provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will equip graduates and working professionals in the advanced concepts of reservoir and field development. It supports career development for the industry as well as career change.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Undertake field work in a number of locations in the UK
Undertake an industry relevant project working with industry

The SPE Chapter is organised managed and run by the students for the students under the guidelines of SPE international. The Chapter regularly host events and guest lecturers from the industry as well as showcasing all SPE UK webinars. It also hosts several field trips to near-by sites and organises careers seminars.

What opportunities might it lead to?

You are likely to gain work in:

Oil and gas exploration
Reservoir modelling
Engineering and management
Drilling and production
Product marketing
Management and finance

You will thrive in an exciting developing research environment, where your project can involve aspects of research in close collaboration with academic staff and industrial partners, both in the UK and abroad.

Module Details

You will study six units on this course plus an individual project.

The course concludes with an individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Your projects will be tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health and safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.

Core units include:

Petroleum Fundamentals and Exploration
Reservoir Characterisation
Reservoir Engineering and Simulation
Well Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Energy Economics Management and Risk Analysis

Plus an individual project.

Programme Details

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and project work. Each unit typically has up to 48 hours scheduled for lectures and supervised activities. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our drilling, petroleum and computer laboratories, as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

Lecturers spend part of the scheduled time in the tutorial sessions to provide further opportunities to consolidate your learning and support you with any additional learning, for example with technical aspects of the course. You will also have a personal tutor who will support your engagement with other academic matters to enhance your learning as well as personal and professional development.

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes examinations, assessed coursework, laboratory work and a dissertation that can often be linked with industry.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests in all aspects of the Petroleum upstream industry. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this expanding and dynamic field.

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IN BRIEF. The first course of its kind in the UK. Enhances your career prospects in the oil and gas industries. Gives you the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The first course of its kind in the UK
  • Enhances your career prospects in the oil and gas industries
  • Gives you the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is designed for engineering graduates who intend to enter or enhance their career prospects in the oil or natural gas industry. It will be re-accredited by the IGEM in 2016.

The course explores the geology, exploration, drilling, production (surface and subsurface), reservoir engineering and management, distribution and transmission of oil and gas from practical and theoretical viewpoints.

You will develop the knowledge and the skills for problem solving in terms of development, design, business and economics management in oil and gas engineering which will assist you to make management and scientific decisions in the workplace.

On completion of this course you may be eligible to join the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers or Society of Petroleum Engineers which may enable you to qualify as a Chartered Engineer.

COURSE DETAILS

As well as studying the topics outlined in the following modules you will be expected to develop, to a professional standard, a number of transferable skills such as numeracy skills by way of quantitative mathematical analysis, problem solving skills, communication skills during group work, laboratory report writing and time management skills.

DURATION:

September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months part-time)

PgDip (one year full-time or two years part-time)

TEACHING

Teaching will be carried out as formal lectures, laboratories, tutorials and workshops

ASSESSMENT

Petroleum and Gas Engineering students are required to attend all of the modules. There are seven examination sessions. Students must pass all the modules studied with an overall average of at least 50% in the module programmes and in the course assessed work.

All laboratory and course assessed work must be submitted on time and to the required standard.

Students admitted to the course at Diploma level with examination and coursework of 50 % may proceed to MSc level. (120 Credits)

MSc Students must undertake a dissertation (60 Credits) on any aspect of the natural gas business either experimentally or computationally. The project can frequently relate to research work already in the school and or natural gas engineering and management.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Due to the relative uniqueness of this course in the UK, together with the high demand of graduates with the types of skills and knowledge that this course offers, employment prospects are excellent.

Graduates can expect to enter or progress in industries such as petroleum, gas, process engineering, chemical or steel.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This programme is strongly supported by major petroleum and gas engineering technology providers.

You will be assessed by both coursework 50% and examinations 50%



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