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Petroleum Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 96 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
The MSc in Petroleum Engineering offered at Heriot-Watt University  is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry’s most challenging problems. 

About

Upon graduating the MSc Petroleum Engineering programme at Heriot-Watt University students will be able to understand, frame and solve the most complex of upstream problems in today’s petroleum industry.

These courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of the upstream petroleum industry. The relevance of this education, combined with careful selection of candidates, has encouraged oil and oilfield service companies to target Heriot-Watt for recruitment of graduates since 1976.

Career opportunities

Graduates of our Petroleum Engineering course are much sought after by oil operating and oilfield service companies both in the UK and worldwide. 

Graduates go on to work for major global oil and gas operating companies, service companies as well as smaller consultancies in petroleum engineering. 

The course also provides an excellent springboard for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering
  •  Formation Evaluation
  •  Petroleum Geoscience
  • Petroleum Economics
  •  Production Technology 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications (except for the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society's distance learning programmes); we accept them right up until the beginning of term. However, if you are applying for a popular programme, it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as you can so that you have the best chance of getting a place.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
    • Duration description
      3-8 years*

      *Students studying the Petroleum Engineering MSc via Online Learning are expected to spend 12-15 study hours per week and should therefore be able to complete the course within about three years.

      Students will have a maximum of two years from registering for each taught course until they have to complete the assessment.

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Have a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 honours or equivalent) in engineering or a relevant science discipline, or
  • Demonstrate equivalent academic ability based on industrial experience or membership of a professional institution.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1145 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1145 GBP per module and a duration of 96 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1145 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1145 GBP per module and a duration of 96 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Students pay £1145 per course and £1020 for each research project. This programme consists of 8 courses (modules) and 2 research projects (MSc only).

Funding

Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan.

Many of our past students have gained funding from industry sources, both those companies involved in oil exploration and production in their home countries or larger international companies that offer scholarship courses. For example:

  • Nigerian Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
  • Bolahak, Kazakhstan
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Chevening scholarships
  • BP
  • Chevron
  • Shell
  • ExxonMobil

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