Petroleum Production Engineering

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This is a practical production-focused course, ideally for Engineers who already have some oil and gas industry experience, and wish to enhance their employability by moving their career forward in this specialist direction.

The course has been developed and is supported by experienced industry professionals, using authentic industry applications software, technical standards and engineering practices. It combines academic study with current real-world industry practice to bring you an interesting, challenging learning experience which will prepare you to manage production issues both today, and in the future.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The core modules provide a solid understanding of the whole petroleum production process, from the reservoir to the process facility. After looking at the subsurface aspects of a system, you will learn how wells are drilled and completed, followed by the surface facilities where the hydrocarbons are processed. 

The specialist modules that come later in the programme are very relevant to the every-day work of the Production Engineer, where you will have the opportunity to work with design, optimisation and modelling software, as well as analyse data and solve problems.

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 Oil and Gas Engineering. 

STAGE 2

In Stage 2 you will study; Production System Modelling, Production Operations, Well Completions and Subsea Systems, Petroleum Economics & Asset Management. On completion you could exit this stage with a Pg Dip Petroleum Production Engineering.

STAGE 3

Stage 3 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Petroleum Production Engineering.

 
Detailed module information

You can study for this course full-time at our campus in Aberdeen or part-time online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.

Activity summary
  • Lectures: 23 hours per module
  • Project supervision: 600 hours
  • 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.

Assessment

Stage 1

  • 4 written exams, 2-2,5 hours each
  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Stage 2

  • 3 written exams, 2-2.5 hours each
  • 3 written assignments, including essays

Stage 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment
Staff Delivering on This Course

As we’re located in the oil and gas capital of Europe, on-campus students can benefit from the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and a number of industrial visits.

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

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

Course links to the oil and gas industry have enabled us to develop a course which provides our graduates with excellent opportunities for employment and we attract students from all over the world. Our graduates hold positions as Petroleum Engineers and Managers in the upstream oil and gas industry, specialising in the productions discipline.

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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

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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It’s a very international university. The lecturers were amazing, I also met so many students from around the world with experience and background in petroleum production and learned a lot from them.
NEWTON DUARTE | MSC PETROLEUM PRODUCTION ENGINEERING GRADUATE

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.

Students enrolled on this course are entitled to free membership of the Energy Institute. Benefits include automatic admission to your local EI branch providing the opportunity to network with energy professionals in your local area.

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Energy Institute

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