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Mature Field Management

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

30 months
1250 GBP/module
1250 GBP/module
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Most industry jobs in exploration and production will be in this arena, requiring a talented workforce to fill them for decades to come. Heriot-Watt's Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering has therefore created a new Mature Field Management programme at Heriot-Watt University Dubai to address this need. 


The topical content is necessarily broader than the existing IPE programmes, embracing not only geoscience, reservoir and well engineering but also surface engineering and the linkage between them in the form of integrated asset management (IAM).

The subject also demands a grasp of incremental petroleum economics and risk analysis, and a methodology for handling decision-making in assets in which production and data gathering are continuous. This methodology provides the link between the programme components and sits at the core of the group exercise, with Edinburgh’s own Forth Bridge as a visual metaphor for the process.

Finally the Mature Field Management programme at Heriot-Watt University Dubai deals with the asset endgame. When does production cease, how can field life be extended, how do we decommission – or then recommission – and what are the potential uses of these reservoirs in the post-carbon era?

Career opportunities

The courses provide specialist education tailored to the requirements of the upstream petroleum industry, which is undergoing significant changes and faces major challenges when operating mature field managements in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, Malaysia, East Asia and South America. Petroleum, however, remains the dominant source of energy for our society, with current world production of oil and gas at record rates and increasing volumes coming from existing and mature fields rather than new discoveries.

It is widely recognised that a steady influx of well-trained and industry-aware people with fresh ideas is vital for longer term success and stability of an organisation. The relevance of the education offered by this new MSc course in Integrated Mature Field Management, combined with careful selection of candidates and Heriot-Watt University’s long-standing global success in providing graduate training for the petroleum industry, will ensure that operating companies and oilfield service companies will continue to target Heriot-Watt for recruitment of graduates in the future, especially candidates who will be able to make sound technical contributions to the management and operation of mature fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Managing the Reservoir
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Managing the Surface
  • Managing the Wells
  • Optimising Productivity
  • Optimising Recovery

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entrants to the course will normally have a good honours degree (minimum 2:2 or UK equivalent) in an engineering or relevant science discipline from a British or overseas university.
  • In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, industrial experience and personality are taken into consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1250 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 GBP per module during 30 months.
  • National

    1250 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 GBP per module during 30 months.

Per research project: £1,120


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