Oil and Gas Engineering
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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The course is aimed at students who wish to work in the oil and gas industry and specialise in offshore operations. It will prepare you for a range of professional careers through suitable flexible study options. It has been developed in close collaboration with industry which ensures the specialist subject areas relevant to the oil and gas life-cycle covered are up-to-date, and provide the essential knowledge and skills required for an engineering career within the upstream oil and gas industry.
In Stage 1, you will study topics such as Subsurface, Wells, Facilities and Business Essentials. On completion, you could exit this stage with a Pg Cert Oil and Gas Engineering.
In Stage 2 you will study; Engineering Project Management, Environmental Impact and Risk Management, Materials & Corrosion, and Completions & Subsea Systems. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Oil and Gas Engineering.
Stage 3 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Oil and Gas Engineering.
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
Full-time on-campus students
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions and external speakers, and work on group project case studies, team activities, and presentations. This allows you to collaborate with colleagues as you would within multi-discipline teams in the energy sector. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation.
Online distance learning students
You can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. You will be taught using the same material as the full-time course and supported by experienced academics and industry professionals. They will recreate online the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus course.
Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.
Both on-campus and online-distance students will be supported through our online virtual learning environment (VLE), CampusMoodle, where you can access a wide variety of resources and other learning support materials, including videos, e-books, journals, the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the SPE database. For distance-learning students, the discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students.
Significant additional private study is expected during each module. You’ll work autonomously and take responsibility for your own learning and professional and academic development. The suggested hours-of-study-per-week and other information is detailed in each Module Descriptor.
- 4 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
- 4 written assignments, including essays
- 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 1 dissertation
- 1 oral assessment
- 2 group critiques
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Combining the strengths of our staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, provides opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment options in a wide range of topics. RGU’s position in the Energy capital of Europe ensures that we have direct access to the world’s energy giants and national professional bodies to support your learning experience. RGU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter invites professional speakers from industry to increase the industrial networking opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge, skills and employment opportunities in a wide range of topics.
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 distance 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
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.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Engineering or a relevant discipline such as Geology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.
Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 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:
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact email@example.com for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
Per entire course (full-time)
- Scottish and EU students: £5,500
- Rest of UK students: £5,640
- International students: £17,700
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Per entire course (full-time)
- UK and EU students: £5,500
- International students: £17,280
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
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.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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:
It’s interesting, they push you, it’s challenging, well-taught, and covers a huge range of subjects which are really interesting. I made a lot of good friends, and met a lot of nice people.
This course is accredited by the Energy Institute on behalf of the Engineering Council and meets the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Upon graduation, you may apply for active member of these Societies.
- Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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