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.

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.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these MSc qualifications.

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

Online learning

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

Your teaching

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.

Your course coordinator

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 our:

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering and technology 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 career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

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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