What will I study?
How will I study?
You can take your exams:
- on campus at the University of Aberdeen
- at another university or exam centre that is closer to you
- at your local British Council Office.
We can help you find a convenient location for your exams. You then make the arrangements and book them yourself.
We’ll contact you six to eight weeks before your exam date to confirm your chosen location. We recommend exploring your options well before then. Get in touch with our friendly enquiry team if you need any help with this.
Your exams will take place at the end of each term, during our official exam periods:
- For courses starting in January, exams usually run in early May.
- For courses starting in September, exams usually run in early December.
Your precise exam date will be made available nearer the time.
If you fail or miss an exam, you can resit it in the next exam period or during our summer resit period. This is usually end of June/start of July.
If you have any disabled access or support needs for your exams, let us know as part of your online application. We will make sure the right support is in place for you. Find out about the wide range of exam support available.
You can contact a disability adviser anytime by emailing email@example.com to discuss how we can help.
Sitting exams on campus at the University of Aberdeen is free.
Other universities, exam centres and British Council Offices may charge you for this service. This is an additional cost on top of your degree or course fee. You pay this fee to your chosen exam centre, not us.
Hours for taught courses
If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. Students typically take one or two 15-credit short courses per term.
- Around 150 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
- You’ll study 8 – 10 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.
- Around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
- You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
There may be some activities scheduled at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor or assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through each course at your convenience.
Hours for 60-credit projects and dissertations
A 60-credit project or dissertation is around 600 hours of study time.
This is around one term of full-time study.
You can dedicate a full term to your project or dissertation and work on it full-time. Or you can complete it part-time, spreading the hours you dedicate to it over two or more terms.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via MyAberdeen and email. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service – including one-to-one advice sessions
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your support team
Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.
Where will this take me?
Iain Mackenzie, MSc Decommissioning student
I would recommend the course to anybody who harbours an interest in decommissioning. Due to the mature nature of the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure, decommissioning is a growing part of the business within the UK and its North Sea neighbours.
Fees and funding
Pay as you go allows you to spread payments over several terms.
When you pay
You make a payment before the start of each term.
How much you pay
You only pay for the credits you want to study in the upcoming term.
It’s up to you how many credits you take each term. This gives you control over your costs and your workload.
- Taking fewer credits will reduce your cost per term, but increase the length of your studies.
- Taking more credits will reduce the length of your studies, but increase your cost per term.
We break down the total cost of this qualification into cost per 15-credit course, project, and your dissertation.
This degree is delivered by four different academic schools. Each school sets its own fees, so course fees vary.
Costs for this degree, starting in academic year 2020/21
- £925 – £1,220 in academic year 2020/21.
- £970 – £1,280 in academic year 2021/22.
- £1,020 – £1,345 in academic year 2022/23.
- £725 in academic year 2021/22.
- £760 in academic year 2022/23.
Dissertation (60 credits)
- £2,900 in academic year 2021/22.
- £3,040 in academic year 2022/23.
Tuition fees typically rise a little each academic year. These quoted fees include our confirmed fee rise of 5% each academic year for 2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23.
This is an example payment schedule for tuition fees. It’s based on a typical route through the degree.
You can take more or fewer credits per term than is shown in this example.
Term 1) September – December 2020 | Academic year 2020/21
- Take two 15-credit courses: Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems @£925 and Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects @£1,060.
- Fee for term = £1,985.
- Payment due in September.
Term 2) January – April 2021
- Take two 15-credit courses: Marine Environmental Impact Assessment @£925 and Process Shut Down, Structural Decommissioning and Disposal @£925.
- Fee for term = £1,850.
- Payment due in January.
PgCert exit point
With 60 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgCert.
Total fee for this route to your PgCert = £3,835.
Term 3) May – August 2021
- Summer break. There is no teaching in the first summer of your degree.
- No payment due.
Term 4) September – December 2021 | Academic year 2021/22
- Take two 15-credit courses: Well Plugging and Abandonment @£970 and Petroleum Economics and Project Evaluation @£1,280.
- Fee for term = £2,250.
- Payment due in September.
Term 5) January – April 2022
- Take one 15-credit project and one elective 15-credit course: Group Project in Comparative Assessment @£760 and Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects @£1,145.
- Fee for term = £1,905.
- Payment due in January.
PgDip exit point
With 120 credits earned, you now have the option to exit with a PgDip.
Total fee for this route to your PgDip = £7,990.
Term 6) May – August 2022
- Embark on your 60-credit dissertation.
- Fee for dissertation = £2,900.
- Payment due in May.
Term 7) September – December 2022 | Academic year 2022/23
- Complete your dissertation.
- No further payment is due.
On passing your dissertation, you’ll have earned 180 credits and will be awarded an MSc.
Total fee for this route to your MSc = £10,890.
It’s free to sit exams on campus at the University of Aberdeen. If you sit your exams at another university, exam centre or a British Council Office, they may charge you for this service. This is a fee you pay directly to the service provider when you book your exam, not to us.
All essential lecture notes and resources are included in your tuition fee. They will be available online and you do not have to you buy your own copies. We also provide optional recommended reading lists. Many of these resources are available electronically through our library, although optional purchases may be required if you wish to read the full list.
You may wish to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loans
- Scholarships – search our funding database for scholarships
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.
See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, view our International Entry Requirements to check equivalent qualifications from your country.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
We accept the following English language qualifications. You need to provide proof of your qualifications when you apply:
Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)
- 115 overall
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- All skills – B2
IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening, reading and speaking
- 54 for writing
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
- Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII)
- A pass in all components with distinction
If you hold a degree from a UK university then evidence of proficiency in English may not be required.
See our English Language Requirements page for more information about English language qualifications.
You apply through our online Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents.
Applying to the University of Aberdeen is always free.
What you need to apply for this degree
- Degree transcript
- Personal statement
- Degree certificate
- CV / Resume
You also need to apply on time
Apply as early as you can. Please apply at least two weeks before the degree start date. This is because we need time to review your application and get a decision to you. If you’re successful, we also want to enrol you before teaching starts.
Read our step-by-step guide to get started. It explains degree transcripts, what to write in your personal statement and more.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.