Drilling and Well Engineering
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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Delivered from the oil capital of Europe, you will benefit from academics teaching on this course, who have a wealth of industry experience, which you will learn from whether you choose to study on-campus or online. The course benefits from several industrial visits and state-of-the-art drilling simulators. Typical students on this course include recently qualified graduates and those working in areas such as oil and gas, energy, national oil companies, engineering firms and project service companies, and graduates have gone on to related work across the globe.
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. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.
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. 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. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project.
- 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.
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 oral assessment at 20% weighting
- 1 dissertation
- 1 oral assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
You are encouraged to take industry-driven research projects for your thesis which ensures the relevance of your work and provides you with enhanced employability opportunities. Additionally, you will benefit from several guest lecturers which will enrich your learning experience and future career prospects.
- 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.
English Language Requirements
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:
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.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
Per entire course (full-time)
- Scottish and EU students: £5,500
- Rest of UK students: £5,640
- International students: £17,700
For Academic Year 2019/2020
Per entire course (full-time)
- UK and EU students: £5,500
- International students: £17,280
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
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:
Learning at RGU, Aberdeen has been such a good experience for me because I’ve learned a lot of new things regarding oil and gas in the North Sea. Living and studying in Aberdeen, Scotland is an advantage for students because Aberdeen is the capital city for oil and gas in the UK.
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.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
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