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Gain the focused expertise you need to forge ahead with your career as an oil and gas engineer.

Explore engineering science and the principles that underpin the drilling of oil and gas wells. Learn about the essential production technologies and design methodologies.

Train in the vital safety and risk aspects of well and production engineering, including environmental impact.

Study part-time and learn flexibly online with a top 7 UK university for Civil Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

This online short course is part of our MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering and MSc in Petroleum Engineering. The credits you earn on this course can be used towards these Masters qualifications.

What will I study?

Well Engineering

This first part of the course gives you an overview of a rotary drilling system and associated drilling components. You’ll look at types, selection and characteristics of drilling fluids, and analyse the flow of drilling fluids during the drilling process. You’ll also examine:

  • strategies for the selection and design of casings
  • cementing methodologies
  • design and configuration of completion systems, with an emphasis on safety implications
  • the challenges of directional and horizontal drilling methods and associated technologies.

Production Engineering

The second part of your course introduces you to:

  • wellbore fluid flow with a view to production of resources
  • completion components and methods
  • factors that inhibit oil and gas production
  • practical approaches to production enhancement
  • computer modelling of oil and gas production.

A range of industry-relevant case studies will be used to support your learning.

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
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Where will this take me?

Well and Production 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Available to study on campus or online.

MSc in Petroleum Engineering

  • Teaching delivered and designed with industry support.
  • Preparing you to become a world-class petroleum engineer.
  • Available to study on campus or online.

Careers

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

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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Cost
£925