IT for the Oil and Gas Industry MSc/PgD/PgC

1. Overview

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.

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.

Download a PDF of this course

MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry leaflet (PDF 377KB)

2. 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 

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. 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.

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.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in a science or technical subject.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Students have the option to seek a short placement. However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School.

6. Student Funding

Fully funded places

RGU is pleased to announce the SFC offers a limited number of fully funded full-time MSc places for Scottish/EU applicants, for courses starting September 2017.Find out more.

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Students can apply now by downloading an application form from the SAAS web site.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • 320 for optional short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 5,500 for entire MSc course:

Part-time

  • 2,750 for Year 1:
  • 2,750 for year 2:
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 6,750 entire course

Part-time

  • 2,750 Year 1
  • 2,750 Year 2
  • 1,250 Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • 13,200 entire course

Part-time

  • 4,950 Year 1
  • 4,950 Year 2
  • 3,300 Year 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 3,400 for entire MSc course: September 2017 starts
  • 5,500 for the entire MSc course: January 2018 starts

Part-time

  • 1,700 for Year 1: September 2017 starts
  • 1,700 for year 2: September 2017 starts
  • No fee for year 3
  • 2,750 for year 1: January 2018 starts
  • 2,750 for year 2: January 2018 starts

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 6,750 entire course

Part-time

  • 2,530 Year 1 for September 2017 starts
  • 2,530 Year 2 for September 2017 starts
  • 1,690 Year 3 for September 2017 starts
  • 2,750 Year 1 for January 2018 starts
  • 2,750 Year 2 for January 2018 starts
  • 1,250 Year 3 for January 2018 starts

International Students

Full-time

  • 12,820 entire course

Part-time

  • 4,809 Year 1
  • 4,809 Year 2
  • 3,200 Year 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • 1,700 Year 1
  • 1,700 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 7,480 entire course

Part-time

  • 3,740 Year 1
  • 3,740 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • 14,960 entire course

Part-time

  • 5,600 Year 1
  • 5,600 Year 2
  • 3,760 Year 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • 320 for a short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • 1,700 Year 1
  • 1,700 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 7,200 entire course

Part-time

  • 3,600 Year 1
  • 3,600 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • 14,960 entire course

Part-time

  • 5,610 Year 1
  • 5,610 Year 2
  • 3,740 Year 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • 1,700 Year 1
  • 1,700 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 7,000 entire course

Part-time

  • 3,500 Year 1
  • 3,500 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • 13,900 entire course

Part-time

  • 5,213 Year 1
  • 5,213 Year 2
  • 3,475 Year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • 3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • 1,700 Year 1
  • 1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • 7,000 entire course

Part-time

  • 3,500 Year 1
  • 3,500 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • 12,600 entire course

Part-time

  • 4,725 Year 1
  • 4,725 Year 2
  • 3,150 Year 3

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of 40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline/

If you have any application queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

If you have any queries regarding the content or format of the course, please contact the course leader:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

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. Further information can be found the School of Computing Postgraduate Research pages.

10. Meet your Course Leader

Lonie, Dr DavidDavid holds an Honours degree in Physics, an MSc in Financial Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics. David currently teaches programming at undergraduate and masters levels. David’s current research interests are in data analytics; in computational and mathematical modelling of financial and energy markets; the application of information geometry to computational problems; and the application of computer algebra to solve applied maths problems.

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MSc/PgD/PgC

Start Date

September and January

Course Length

Full-time September start 12 months, January start 17 months; Part-time 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time on campus

Academic School
School of Computing Science and Digital Media

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week pre-masters leading to computing MSc courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

Postgraduate Guide