Drilling and Well Engineering
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
In Stage 1, you will study topics such as Subsurface, Wells, Facilities, and Business Essentials. On completion, you could exit this stage with a Pg Cert in Oil & Gas Engineering.
In Stage 2 you will study; Completions and Subsea System, Drilling Technology, Drilling Operations Management and Advanced Well Engineering. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Drilling and Well Engineering.
Stage 3 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Drilling and Well Engineering.
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 and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. For the ODL mode, this information is based on the assumption ODL students can complete one 15 credit module (or equivalent) per semester. Typically modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the schedule above. There is an element of flexibility to the order in which modules are taken and any change must be agreed with the School prior to commencement of the module. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project (ENM214).
For FT mode, modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the corresponding schedule above. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project.
You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.
- Lectures – 23 hours per semester
- Project Supervision – 600 hours, made up of contact hours and non-contact hours over the MSc stage.
- Independent Study – 127 hours per semester
Significant additional private study is expected during each module. You’ll work autonomously and take responsibility for your own learning and professional and academic development. The suggested hours-of-study-per-week and other information is detailed in each Module Descriptor.
Staff delivering on this course
The Oil & Gas Centre is directed and staffed by seasoned industry professionals and academics, and maintains extensive close contacts with industry to make sure you have the best opportunity for a successful career in oil and gas engineering. In addition to training individual Engineers to the highest standards, we also partner directly with many of the biggest operators and service companies to up-skill their existing Engineering resource. In addition to our knowledgeable internal and very experienced external staff, we benefit from guest lectures from the industry pioneer companies. Staff are also involved with research projects and externally funded commercial projects and consultancy work.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
For full-time students
- 4 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
- 4 written assignments including essays
- 2 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
- 3 written assignments including essays
- 1 dissertation
- 1 oral assessment
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
Graduates of this course are now employed in every oil producing area of the world and work for many of the oil majors and drilling contractors.
English Language Requirements
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
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.
* 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.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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. For further information see:
This course is accredited by the Energy Institute on behalf of the Engineering Council and meets 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.
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