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IT for the Oil and Gas Industry (MSc)

Course Description

The course will prepare graduates in technical disciplines for a career in the design and implementation of information technology solutions and service management in the Oil and Gas industry and its IT providers. 2015/16 entry free places available for Scottish/EU Students.

This course provides training in software development tools and techniques and IT service management as well as Oil and Gas Engineering and Geoscience.

This course will produce computing practitioners who:
- have a good understanding of the Oil and Gas Industry.

- are able to align IT services with the needs of the Oil and Gas industry and its IT providers.

- are proficient in the use of modern software tools and environments;

- are able to integrate the use of these IT tools and techniques in the framework of an appropriate development methodology to develop high quality software solutions.

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/computing/study-options/part-time-learning/it-for-the-oil-and-gas-industry

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent means:
•IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 individual elements
•TOEFL 80 overall with a 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
•Pearson PTE 59 overall with a minimum of 51 in each of the 4 individual elements

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

What you will study

- Data management
- Oil and gas Engineering
- IT Infrastructure and Service Management
- O-O programming for Oil and Gas
- Petroleum Geoscience
- Collaborative IT Project
- Data Visualisation and Analysis
- Intranet Systems Development
- MSc project

How you will learn

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

The course will include industry sessions with Oil and Gas companies and IT suppliers.

You will work on a group project designed to simulate the working environment, allowing you to collaborate with colleagues as you would within multi-discipline teams in the Energy sector.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within the application of IT solutions to problems relevant to the Oil and Gas sector. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial IT project.


The course prepares students for a career in IT in the Oil and Gas Industry, both as software developers and service managers.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Visit the IT for the Oil and Gas Industry (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Computing Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The School of Computing and Digital Media is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study an MSc course at the School either in January 2016, September 2016 or in January 2017. Please read through the following information carefully. - Number of awards in academic year 2015-16: around 25-30- Value of awards in academic year 2015-16:
Part-fee: £1,000-£2,000 per award.- Who can apply: You may be an international student or you may be a UK / EU student wishing to study on a full-cost course (a course with a fee of at least £7000 for home/EU students)- You need to complete an application form and return it to the School together with supporting documentation

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000-£2,000 per award


Eligible Courses:
- Software Technology with Network Management PgCert/PgDip/MSc
- IT for the Oil and Gas Industry
- Information and Network Security MSc/PgD/PgCert
- Data Science MSc/PgD/PgCert

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess an honours degree in a technical subject. This requirement may be relaxed for applicants with significant industrial experience.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £7,200, International Students £13,700

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