Drilling and Well Engineering Course MSc

MSc Drilling and Well Engineering

1. Overview

The course is aimed at practising drilling engineers. It focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management.

Typical students include those working in oil and gas companies, energy companies, national oil companies, engineering firms and project service companies. Graduates of MSc Drilling and Well Engineering are now employed in every oil producing area of the world and work for many of the oil majors and drilling contractors. 

The course focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management.

You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle.

2. What you will study

Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.

Stage 1

  • Subsurface
  • Wells
  • Facilities
  • Business Essentials

Exit Award: PgCert Oil and Gas Engineering

Stage 2

  • Drilling Technology
  • Drilling Operations Management
  • Completions and Subsea Systems
  • Advanced Well Engineering

Exit Award: PgDip Drilling and Well Engineering

Stage 3

  • Individual Project Report

Award: MSc Drilling and Well Engineering

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

3. Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Engineering or closely related discipline, plus ideally at least two years practical field experience. Exceptionally, candidates who have a relevant minimum HND level qualification together with extensive practical experience may, at the University's discretion, be considered. A mix of academic and practical qualifications is preferred.

Students from Nigeria should have a 2:1 or above in Engineering or a related discipline.

English Language Requirements

All students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their English language skills by gaining Academic IELTS with 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each element, Pearson PTE with 61 overall and a minimum of 51 in each element or TOEFL iBT with 88 Overall, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.

English Language Requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute for Further Learning at Masters Level. Visit the Energy Institute web site for further information.

5. Student Funding

2016-17 Full-time per entire course

  • UK and EU students: £10,000
  • International students: £18,100

Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees 2015-16 (PDF 76KB)

Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees 2016-17 (PDF 74KB) - From January 2017

For further enquires please contact energy@rgu.ac.uk

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

6. How to apply

All applications should be made through Apply online.

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

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7. Scholarships

Not only significantly helping you with the financial costs of studying, our scholarships will help you to develop valuable links with industry.

Find out more about our Engineering Postgraduate Scholarships

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Start date

Full-time - September / Online Distance Learning - January

Course length

Full-time - 45 weeks / Online Distance Learning - Minimum 3 years and 6 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Online Distance Learning

Academic school
School of Engineering
Accredited By
Energy Institute

Postgraduate Guide

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781