Oil and Gas Engineering Masters MSc

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

1. Overview

This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and follows guidelines set out by the Energy Institute (EI).

This ensures the specialist subject areas relevant to the oil and gas life-cycle covered are up to date and provide the essential knowledge and skills required for an engineering career within the upstream oil and gas industry.

  • RGU’s position in the Energy capital of Europe ensures that we have direct access to the world’s energy giants and national professional bodies.
  • The course combines academic engineering study with current, real-world industry practice. This is achieved by combining the strengths of the School of Engineering's full-time staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, providing you with access to world-class teaching and research.
  • Using RGU State-of-the-art Dynamic Drilling Simulator, geology trip, industrial visits and industry case studies are developed within the course.
  • This course is accredited by Energy Institute allowing you to work towards your chartered status. An additional strength is that the students may apply for student membership of the Institute of Corrosion, Energy Institute or the Society of Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation, you may apply for active member of these Societies.
  • RGU Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter invites professional speakers from industry to increase the industrial networking opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge and skills and employment opportunities in a wide range of energy sector.

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

  • Engineering Project Management
  • Environmental Impact and Risk Management
  • Materials & Corrosion
  • Completions & Subsea Systems

Exit award: PgDip Oil and Gas Engineering

Stage 3

  • Individual Project Report

Award: MSc Oil and Gas 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 normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Engineering or a relevant discipline such as Geology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics

  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis

Find out if you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (PDF 104KB)

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 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.

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. How to apply

The MSc Oil and Gas Engineering course is extremely popular. In the interests of fairness to all applicants, specific application procedures apply.

Applications should be made through Apply online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

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

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

6. 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

7. Course Fees

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. 

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

2017-18 Full-time per entire course

  • UK and EU students: £5,200
  • International students: £16,300

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

Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees 2017-18 (PDF 81KB) - from January 2018

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


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. Students will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

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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
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Accredited By
Energy Institute
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