Learn the fundamentals of fluid flow and how to predict reservoir performance with our Reservoir Engineering course.

Reservoir engineering plays a vital role in the offshore oil and gas industry. It allows us to assess the scale of oil and gas deposits, and maximise the economic return from safely extracting them.

Join our online Reservoir Engineering course and learn to:

  • evaluate subsurface hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • contribute to planning, simulations and modelling of real-world assets.

Train with experienced offshore engineers and a university at the heart of the UK energy sector. Access our expertise wherever you’re based, with no need for a visa. And enjoy flexible part-time hours that fit around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc in Petroleum Engineering.

Who is this course for?

Our online Reservoir Engineering course is ideal if you’re:

  • a graduate engineer looking to convert from another engineering discipline
  • a current petroleum engineer or manager looking to enhance your statistical and computational knowledge and skills.

What you’ll study

You’ll learn to use the latest computational techniques applied by industry to handle advanced reservoir engineering problems.

You’ll cover the following areas:

  • Reservoir rock and fluid properties
  • Fluid flow in porous media
  • Reservoir drive mechanisms and material balance equations (MBEs)
  • Aquifers and water influx calculations

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe hydrocarbon compositions and reservoir phase behaviour.
  • Assess the economic potential of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
  • Measure pressure regimes, fluid gradients and surface tension.
  • Explain secondary oil recovery and fractional flow theory.

How you’ll study

Our Reservoir Engineering course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc Petroleum Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures
  • virtual labs
  • videos and slide shows
  • projects
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced engineers who have worked at high levels in industry, and experts from major companies operating in the offshore sector.

Industry input

Your course also benefits from direct industry input via an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.


This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place in 2021.

For the September 2021 run of this course, we’ll use alternative online assessments. You will not have an in-person exam.

From January 2022, we are planning to reintroduce in-person exams. So, if you join the January 2022 run of this course, you may be assessed as usual, via a mix of online assessment and a final written exam that you attend in-person. We can help you find an exam centre in your area for this exam.

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Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our:

MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering (online or on campus)

  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Energy Institute.
  • Prepares you to make an immediate impact in your chosen career in the oil and gas industry.

MSc in Petroleum Engineering (online or on campus)

  • Teaching delivered and designed with industry support.
  • Prepares you to become a world-class petroleum engineer.

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


As a manager, this course will help you to collaborate and gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of reservoir engineering.

As an engineer, you’ll develop your knowledge of the petroleum engineering discipline, with a focus on unconventional reservoirs and complex porous media.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. For this course, you’d usually have at least a UK-equivalent:

  • 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics
  • 2:2 (lower-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training
  • or a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Geology, Chemistry or Physics and two years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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