The MSc in Petroleum Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry’s most challenging problems. Upon graduating 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.
The Petroleum Engineering degree is delivered by the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, a world-leading Institute committed to delivering research and training courses that meet the needs of the international petroleum industry. Students have been attending the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University to study for the MSc course in Petroleum Engineering since 1975.
Students on the Petroleum Engineering course come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including directly from undergraduate degrees such as chemical, mechanical, mining and petroleum engineering as well as geology and applied chemistry. Others are oil and gas industry professionals looking to broaden their knowledge and extend their technical expertise.
Our students come to us from all parts of the world, in the last few years the students in all three MSc courses within the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering have come from over 30 different nations.
Students on the Petroleum Engineering MSc will benefit from the excellent links with industry and research activities by staff at the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering. The Institute also has an industry-based Strategic Advisory Board who monitors activities in the wider context of the needs of the industry and offer guidance on the course ensuring content is up to date and relevant to current industry needs. Seminar sessions are also conducted by staff from a variety of petroleum engineering companies.
Flexible study options
This course can be studied by Online Learning which is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.
Students will have a maximum of two years from registering for each taught course until they have to complete the assessment (students can choose to sit their exam in one of over 400 exam centres around the world). The course is also available to study full-time and part-time at our Edinburgh campus.
Those studying by online learning may choose to benefit from a range of intensive classroom based Continual Profession Development (CPD) workshops offered by NExT at locations worldwide and led by Heriot-Watt University academic staff or approved NExT instructors. There is one 5-day instructor-led workshop for each of the eight MSc Petroleum Engineering courses.
Online learning: 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.