Oil and Gas Engineering

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course produces fit-for-purpose engineers who can make effective contribution from an early stage. Developed in close collaboration with industry, it enables you to develop a critical approach to oil and gas engineering and develop a strong project management and team-work abilities.

The course is aimed at students who wish to work in the oil and gas industry and specialise in offshore operations. It will prepare you for a range of professional careers through suitable flexible study options. It has been developed in close collaboration with industry which ensures the specialist subject areas relevant to the oil and gas life-cycle covered are up-to-date, and provide the essential knowledge and skills required for an engineering career within the upstream oil and gas industry.

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
January
Course Length
1 year

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)
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; Engineering Project Management, Environmental Impact and Risk Management, Materials & Corrosion, and Completions & Subsea Systems. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Oil and Gas Engineering.

STAGE 3

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

 
Detailed module information

Full-time on-campus students

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions and external speakers, and work on group project case studies, team activities, and presentations. This allows you to collaborate with colleagues as you would within multi-discipline teams in the energy sector. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. 

Online distance learning students

You can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. You will be taught using the same material as the full-time course and supported by experienced academics and industry professionals. They will recreate online the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus course.

Activity Summary

Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.

Both on-campus and online-distance students will be supported through our online virtual learning environment (VLE), CampusMoodle, where you can access a wide variety of resources and other learning support materials, including videos, e-books, journals, the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the SPE database. For distance-learning students, the discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students. 

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

Combining the strengths of our staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, provides opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment options in a wide range of topics. RGU’s position in the Energy capital of Europe ensures that we have direct access to the world’s energy giants and national professional bodies to support your learning experience. RGU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter invites professional speakers from industry to increase the industrial networking opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment opportunities in a wide range of topics.

assessment

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 2 group citiques
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

This course gives you the opportunity to work in the oil and gas industry in a very wide-range of roles with great job prospects around the world.

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:

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

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.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

It’s interesting, they push you, it’s challenging, well-taught, and covers a huge range of subjects which are really interesting. I made a lot of good friends, and met a lot of nice people.
SIMON RZEPKOWSKI | STUDENT, MSC OIL AND GAS ENGINEERING

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 Institute of Corrosion, Energy Institute or the Society of Petroleum Engineering.

Upon graduation, you may apply for active member of these Societies.

Accredited By

Energy Institute

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