Petroleum Production Engineering
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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The course has been developed and is supported by experienced industry professionals. It combines academic study with talks from energy experts, industrial visits and practical training in the use of petroleum engineering software applications. This course fulfils the demand from employers for graduates with industry relevant, problem solving and practical skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.
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/Production Technologist, where you will have the opportunity to work with design, optimisation and modelling software, as well as analyse data and solve problems.
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.
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 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Petroleum Production 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 part-time online via the university's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.
- Lectures: 23 hours per module
- Project supervision: 600 hours
- 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.
- 4 written exams, 2-2,5 hours each
- 4 written assignments, including essays
- 3 written exams, 2-2.5 hours each
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com 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:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- 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:
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.
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.
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
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.
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