University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Petroleum Engineering

The programme is designed with industry support and aims to produce professionals that are fully prepared to take up essential roles in the upstream oil and gas industry. The programme will be jointly delivered by the School of Engineering and School of Geosciences, as well as key informed contribution from industry based lecturers and tutors.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2.1 UK Honours degree (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in any branch of engineering, physics, or petroleum geology; or Honours degree in a relevant physical sciences subject also at minimum of a 2.1.

Course modules

September-December modules: Fundamentals of petroleum; geoscience; petrophysics, core analysis and formation evaluation; reservoir engineering; enhanced oil recovery. January-May modules: Reservoir simulation; well and production engineering; well testing (analysis and design); field development and petroleum economics. June-September module: Individual project (this is normally specified in collaboration with industrial partners, supervised either in the School of Engineering or in the companies). Please note that an industry placement is not compulsory and cannot be guaranteed.

Assessment methods

End of course written examinations and continuous assessment. Examinations for the 1st half-session courses are in December and those for the 2nd half-session are in May. Some courses conducted by the School of Geosciences have the exams during the course of the half-session. Candidates are normally expected to pass all examinations and all projects submissions. MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their project, and may be required to undergo an oral examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Secretary
Telephone number: 
01224 272081