School of Engineering

Drilling and Well Engineering

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course is aimed at practicing Drilling Engineers. It focuses on the concept of effective well construction, and aims to develop high levels of professional skill in the key areas of well design, drilling and operations management.

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 via online distance learning. The course benefits from several industrial visits and state of the art drilling simulators. Typical students on this course include 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. 

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
Minimum 22 months (Fast-Track)

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
May
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
May
Course Length
Minimum 29 months (Fast-Track)

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
Minimum 26 months (Fast-Track)
stage 1

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.

stage 2

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

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.

 
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.

Activity summary
  • 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
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.

Assessment

For full-time students

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment
Feedback

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

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

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.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS 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.

University Library

 
JOB PROSPECTS

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.

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

CAREERS

 
  • 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:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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.

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.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

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

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Per entire course (full-time)

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

For Academic Year 2019/2020

Per entire course (full-time)

  • UK and EU students: £5,500
  • International students: £17,280

Additional Costs

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

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Alumni Discount

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

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

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.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' FUNDING

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

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:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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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.
SUWAT PONGTEPUPATHUM | DRILL SITE MANAGER | CHEVRON THAILAND | EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION

Accreditation

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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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.

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