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Ready yourself for a career as a petroleum engineer.

You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

MSc Petroleum Engineering will prepare you to find work in the oil and gas sector.

You’ll gain the skills you need to deliver viable oil and gas field development plans. You’ll learn to appraise and select the right technologies for safe production recovery of hydrocarbon oil and gas. And you’ll train using industry-standard simulation software.

Studying part-time online, you’ll cover every aspect of petroleum engineering, including:

  • the fundamentals of petroleum geoscience
  • formation evaluation
  • well drilling and production
  • reservoir engineering and simulation.

This degree has been developed by experienced industry professionals. Its content is reviewed and supported by an Industry Advisory Board of energy experts working in the field. This ensures that what you learn here is always current and connected to industry skills needs.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree. You can build your way to a qualification one short course at a time.

How will I study?

MSc Petroleum Engineering is delivered part-time online.

Your teaching 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 access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

This online Masters is designed and led by our School of Engineering, Department of Geology and Geophysics and energy industry experts. You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced engineers, academics and professionals working within the oil and gas industry today.


This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person.

However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place in 2020. For your September 2020 term, you’ll be assessed entirely online.

From January 2021 onwards, we are planning to reintroduce in-person exams, meaning you’ll be assessed as usual, via a mixture of online assessment and in-person exams at the end of each term. We’ll keep all students updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.

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?


On graduating with a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, you’ll have acquired one of the most respected degrees of its kind in the UK. Your qualification will be recognised by industry employers around the globe.

Petroleum engineering is an over-arching discipline. You can use your qualification in this field to find work in its more specialised areas, including reservoir engineering and drilling.

You’ll be ready to seek work as a:

  • Drilling Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Piping Specification Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Reservoir Simulation Engineer
  • Subsurface Engineer
  • Wellhead Engineer.
Emmanuel Odoom

MSc Petroleum Engineering not only prepared me for the petroleum industry but also equipped me with skills for the job market at large.

Emmanuel Odoom, MSc Petroleum Engineering graduate, Executive Trainee

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, and for up to five years after you graduate.

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

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements


A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering or Applied Mathematics.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a high 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Applied Mathematics at least two years’ relevant experience
  • or a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Geology, Physics or Chemistry and at least two years’ relevant experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Physics.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.


Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the MSc if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost


This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply for this programme

Start month
January or September

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal