Petroleum Data Management

Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management from Robert Gordon University is the first of its kind in the world and was developed in collaboration with Common Data Access Ltd (CDA). It presents Petroleum Data Management as a specialism within professional data and information management.

With the Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management you will explore data types, including: seismic and other remote sensing surveys, drilling and well data including MWD/LWD, wireline, well tests, core and samples and how they are used in decision-making. You will then situate these data types in their life cycles, from planning, though collection, management, use and archiving and preservation.

You will examine how data management services are designed and provided and explore how the management of these valuable business assets is governed.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

9 months

You will develop a thorough understanding of subsurface exploration and production data and evaluate its importance to upstream oil and gas businesses. 

You will learn through a unique set of modules including Data Management Life Cycle and Data Quality and Governance.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

This course is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study. The course was designed as a ‘native’ online learning course, it is not an online version of an on-campus course.

CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. 

The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

Activity Summary

  • Virtual Tutorial - 20-30 students per group, 4 hours per term
  • Independent Study - 252 hours per term
  • Guest lectures - 20-30 students per group, 2 hours per term

How long is a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management course?

The Petroleum Data Management course can be successfully completed in 9 months.

Independent Study

The course materials are intended to provide a foundation on which you are expected to build your understanding through independent learning. This includes extra reading, research, watching online videos, engaging in discussion and personal reflection.

Staff Delivering on this Course

This course is taught by the academic staff within Information Management who have significant teaching, research and professional experience, including experience in the oil industry.

Our staff are Fellows of Advance HE (previously known as the Higher Education Academy). This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

The content has been developed and reviewed in partnership with industry and some guest lecturers may be invited to give virtual lectures.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 4 portfolios


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

There is a growing recognition of the need for more effective data management in the energy sector. Graduates work in operators, regulators and service companies around the world.

Is Petroleum Data Management a good career choice?

On completion, you will be able to undertake a diverse range of roles in the energy sector including:

  • Data analyst 
  • Information scientist
  • Records manager

In addition to gaining a recognised industry-focussed qualification, this course will also provide you with access to our CILIP accredited courses allowing you to develop your knowledge and career further.

The course facilitates access to any of our Information Management MSc courses.


What is needed for Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management?

There are no formal entry requirements to this course. It has been designed as an access route for those with relevant work experience in the energy sector who do not currently have the necessary qualifications in this area. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


This Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management has the following tuition fees:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: £3,390 entire course

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • All Students: £3,290 entire course

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for an other scholarship or financial award:


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