University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation

This programme seeks to deliver the practical knowledge and understanding necessary for early career petrophysicists to complement and enrich their job experience, and for more experienced petrophysicists or related disciplines to acquire a masters degree. The programme is a part-time Continuing Professional Development (CPD) MSc which is only available to people already employed as petrophysicists in the oil and gas industry. It is delivered in partnership with Senergy, a leading energy services company.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed in a petroleum company; they should have an Honours degree in a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subject. Other qualifications will be considered but must be discussed in advance of application. English Language skills must be excellent. IELTS 6.5 or better or TOEFL 95 or better. Please note: study visas are not granted for part-time study and therefore, owing to the part-time nature of this programme, if you require a visa to study in the UK your application will not be considered.

Course modules

Stage 1: Introduction to petrophysics and its role in the oil and gas industry; coring and core analysis; integrating petrophysics and seismic data for reservoir characterisation; reservoir surveillance and operational petrophyics. Stage 2: Characterisation of complex reservoirs; Specialist formation evaluation; professional skills and research planning. Stage 3: Project in petrophysics and formation evaluation.

Assessment methods

Practical work, projects and reports will be assessed continuously throughout the programme. Examinations will be held at a convenient time at the end of each course. An oral examination may be held at the discretion of the external examiner. Candidates will be expected to present a final report on a relevant and approved major topic.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Distance learning - 27 months
PgCert Part-time - 27 months
PgDip Part-time - 27 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate School Secretary
Telephone number: 
01224 272655