Petroleum Data Management Grad Cert

Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management

1. Overview

Gain a graduate certificate with our online petroleum data management course.

This innovative new course developed in collaboration with CDA (Common Data Access Ltd) provides flexible entry to an education in the field of petroleum data management. The course has been designed as an access route for those with relevant work experience in the energy sector who do not currently have the necessary qualifications in this area. The course facilitates access to any of our Information Management Masters Degree courses and enhances professional career development.

You will be able to draw upon your current and previous work experience within the modules. This approach will allow you to analyse both the organisation and its approach to petroleum data management, and to utilise the course content to improve strategic organisational effectiveness.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.


Common Data Access (CDA) are offering two Scholarships for the academic year 2017/18. View further details on CDA Scholarships.

2. What you will study

The Petroleum Data Management Graduate Certificate aims to promote the understanding of subsurface exploration and production data and evaluate its importance to upstream oil and gas businesses. The course focuses on managing subsurface exploration and production data throughout its life cycle from capture to realisation until it becomes obsolete.

You will study four modules over the academic year, each assessed through coursework assignments:

  • Managing Subsurface Exploration and Production Data
  • The Data Management Life Cycle
  • Providing Data Management Services
  • Data Quality and Governance

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. 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

The course will be offered online. Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around any existing work commitments.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. 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
  • Live chat
  • 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.

4. Entry Requirements

The course has been designed as an access route for those with relevant work experience in the energy sector who do not currently have the necessary qualifications in this area. The course facilitates access to any of our Masters Degree courses available from the Department of Information Management (Information Management, Digital Curation, Information and Library Studies, and Organisational Learning), and enhances professional career development. 

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £3,030 .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £2,940 per academic year


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


6. How to apply

All applications can be made through Apply Online.

Course Enquiries: For further course information, contact the course leader Fionnuala Cousins;

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263879


7. Prospects

There is a growing recognition of the need for more effective data management in the energy sector. In addition to gaining a recognised industry-focussed qualification, this course will also provide access to our CILIP accredited courses allowing you to develop your knowledge and career further, and to undertake a diverse range of roles in the energy sector including:

  • Data analyst
  • Information scientist
  • Records manager


The award of Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management given on completion of this course has been promoted by CDA as a means of promoting the professionalisation of data managers within the energy sector.

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Grad Cert

Start Date


Course Length

9 Months

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
School of Creative and Cultural Business
More Information:
Fionnuala Cousins Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263879

“As a global E&P data services and solutions provider, we welcome this new professional qualification that teaches the value of petroleum data management to upstream oil and gas businesses. We are already beginning to see how they benefit from the knowledge they have gained to better understand our customers’ needs and this can translate into real business value on all sides. We plan to encourage other team members to participate in the next iteration of this successful and beneficial course.”

Kerry Blinston, Global Commercial Director, Data Management Services, CGG Petroleum Data Management Grad Cert