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Learn the fundamentals of fluid flow and how to predict reservoir performance.

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.

This course is ideal if you’re:

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

You’ll learn to evaluate subsurface hydrocarbon reservoirs and contribute to planning, simulations and modelling of real-world assets.

Advance your career as a graduate engineer with a university at the heart of the UK energy sector. Access our training and support wherever you're based, with part-time hours to fit around your existing commitments.

The credits you earn on this course count towards our MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc in Petroleum Engineering, both available to study online.

What will I 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 will...

  • Understand hydrocarbon compositions and reservoir phase behaviour.
  • Know how to assess the economic potential of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
  • Be capable of measuring pressure regimes, fluid gradients and surface tension.
  • Understand secondary oil recovery and fractional flow theory.

How will I study?

This course is delivered online, with one final exam that you must sit in person. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We’ll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

Part of our Masters in Oil and Gas Engineering and Masters in Petroleum Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from experienced tutors who have worked at high levels in industry, and by experts from major companies operating in the offshore sector.

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.

Training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, 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.

Where will this take me?


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.

Further learning

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.

Reservoir Engineering is one of a suite of Engineering short courses that we offer online. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications.

Find out more about credits.

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Am I ready?

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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