Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

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. How you will learn

Full-time Study

As a full time-student, you will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions. There will also be external speakers. You will work as an individual and as part of a team on group project case studies, team activities, presentations and discussion of findings. This allows you to collaborate with colleagues as you would within multi-discipline teams in the energy sector.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation.

You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment (VLE), CampusMoodle, where you can access a wide variety of resources and other learning support materials, including videos, e-books, journals, the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the SPE database.

All full-time students are expected to participate in the induction week.

Distance Learning

One of the unique study features of this online course is its flexibility, so you can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study from any location and is designed to fit around your work commitments. You will be taught with the same material and content as the full-time course and supported by experienced academics and industry professionals. They will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus course for those studying via distance learning.

You will be taught via our virtual learning environment (VLE), CampusMoodle, which offers full and open access to tutors and other class members. Campus Moodle has a number of functions, ranging from a repository for lecture support material to videos and discussion forums. The discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students.

Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on the distance learning are also available from Distance Learning Guide.

Individual Project

In order to complete the full MSc, you will submit an individual engineering project with an industry focus. This is designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained from the course along with integrating and implementing research methods, while being of practical relevance to the Oil and Gas sector.

For those who continue to work through their studies, you are encouraged to use an issue you are currently faced with in your organisation, allowing you to make your course relevant to your workplace.

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 MSc project.

4. 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.

5. Placements and Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

For further information on professional registration and how to apply for Chartered Engineer status please download the Engineering Council’s Guide to Professional Registration:

Engineering Council - Pocket Guide to Professional Registration 2017

Students enrolled on this course are entitled to free membership of the Energy Institute. Benefits include automatic admission to your local EI branch providing the opportunity to network with energy professionals in your local area.

Further details of EI membership and its benefits

6. 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:

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)

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

8. Course Fees

2018-19 Full-time per entire course

  • UK and EU students: £5,500
  • International students: £16,780

Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees 2017-18 (PDF 72KB) - From January 2018

Engineering Online Distance Learning Fees 2018-19 (PDF 80KB) - From January 2019

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 and January / Online Distance Learning - January

Course Length

Full-time - 1 year / 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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