Drilling and Well Engineering

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
MSc Drilling and Well Engineering

The MSc Drilling and Well Engineering degree is aimed at graduates who have a relevant academic background, as well as industry practitioners who possess appropriate industry experience. The course focuses on the effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skills in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management.

You will benefit from the academics teaching this course, who have a wealth of industry experience.

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.

This course has multiple study options

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months

Term 1

In Term 1, you will study topics such as Subsurface, Wells, Facilities and Engineering Project Management. On completion, you could exit this stage with a PgCert Oil and Gas Engineering.

Term 2

In Term 2, you will study topics including Well Completions and Subsea Systems, Drilling Technology, Drilling Operations Management and Advanced Well Engineering. On completion, you could exit this stage with a PgDip Drilling and Well Engineering.

Term 3

Term 3 is the final term, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Drilling and Well Engineering.

Student Story

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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

Learning Methods

You will study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.

Modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the corresponding schedule. Normally, you must have completed all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures – 23 hours per term
  • Project Supervision – 600 hours, made up of contact hours and non-contact hours over the MSc stage.
  • Independent Study – 127 hours per term

How long is a Drilling and Well Engineering course?

The duration of the MSc Drilling and Well Engineering course is 1 year.


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.

Independent Study

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.



Term 1

  • 4 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 4 written assignments including essays

Term 2

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments including essays
  • 1 oral assessment at 20% weighting

Term 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment

Academic Support

The Inclusion 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 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

Library 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.

You will also have several industrial visits that can facilitate your entry to the job market after graduation or securing industrial research projects.


What is needed for MSc Drilling and Well Engineering?

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Engineering.
  • Applicants with either a relevant non-Engineering background such as Geology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics and/or applicants with a lower degree classification or those with 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 

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.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,500

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,800

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,800

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £18,230

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,500

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,640

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £5,640

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £17,700

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

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:


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