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Oil and Gas Innovation (MSc)

  • Full time & Part time available
  • 2017/18: UK/EU £9,615 Overseas £17,895
  • September
  • 1 Year full time or 2 years part time
  • MSc

Course Description

The MSc in Oil and Gas Innovation is a collaborative programme coordinated by the University of Aberdeen and involving Heriot Watt, Robert Gordon University, Strathclyde, and St Andrews. The degree is hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at St Andrews. Students who apply for the course at St Andrews will take three of their modules at partner institutions.

The course is aimed at technical innovators, business developers, managers or technical staff, and engineering or science graduates interested in learning how to identify and commercialise innovation opportunities for the oil and gas industry.


The course is run as a collaboration between five Scottish universities, providing an opportunity for you to gain from the breadth of expertise and experience across these institutions.
Students learn how to analyse problems related to the oil and gas sector and apply tools and techniques to identify opportunities for innovation.
Project work involves progressing an innovation from one technology readiness level further towards commercialisation.

Teaching format

The MSc degree requires one semester of full-time (or two semesters part-time) coursework equivalent to five compulsory modules and one optional module. The final component for the MSc is the completion of a project in oil and gas innovation.

The taught portion of the programme focuses on the innovation and commercialisation processes in the oil and gas sector and provides knowledge and understanding of a specific technical area of your choice.

Some taught modules are delivered at other university campuses or at independent work sites. Modules which are taught by partner institutions (i.e. Commercialising Innovation, Business Essentials for Innovators and Product Development) will be delivered partially via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and partially via face-to-face teaching. Students will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation for attending modules at partner universities.

The compulsory Oil and Gas project can be carried out at the employer’s site.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, one-to-one discussion and independent learning. Assessment for the taught portion is based on reports, project proposals, oral presentations and written examinations.

Visit the Oil and Gas Innovation (MSc) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Engineering, Chemistry or a geology-related degree. Applicants with degrees in other subjects or with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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