Prepare for a career as a world-class petroleum engineer.

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

MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute. It’s designed to ready you for career success 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.

Hand-in-hand with industry

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.

Accredited online degree

This online MSc is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI).

The EI is the global professional body for the energy sector. It’s the only membership body spanning the whole of the energy industry.

What you’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

This distance learning MSc Petroleum Engineering is delivered flexibly online.

Your teaching

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 until the September 2022 term at the earliest. Until then, we’ll be using alternative online assessments.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where this will take you


On graduating with an accredited 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.

You’ll receive exactly the same degree qualification as you would on campus.

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.

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 fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

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 course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

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


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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September or January

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2022.

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