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What will I learn?

The MSc Petroleum Data Management has been designed in partnership with industry to meet the growing demand within the oil industry for professional petroleum data managers, possessing expertise seen as critical to maximising economic recovery.

The aim of the MSc Petroleum Data Management programme is to provide education and training at postgraduate level for data managers both working in the petroleum sector or for those aspiring to work in the sector.

The MSc programme has been set up through a partnership between the University of Aberdeen and Common Data Access Ltd (CDA), a not-for-profit subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, which provides data management services to the UK oil and gas industry.

The programme is also sponsored by leading multinational companies including Shell, Total and Chevron. and its content has been developed with input from our industry partners, to ensure that it is tailored to the needs of industry.

The content reflects the overall key data management activities of relevance to petroleum data managers, to provide individuals with job-ready expertise to move into the advanced data management roles that will meet the growing demand and expectations of the global oil and gas industry.

In particular, this programme is tailored to deal specifically with managing the physical and digital data that are used across the oil and gas industry, to understand and evaluate the subsurface and the petroleum reserves located there.

Flexible study options mean that the MSc Petroleum Data Management can be studied full time on campus or part-time online. There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
£18,400.00 (US$ 25,316) per year
This is a fixed fee

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Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Online/Distance with attendance (27 Months)

Tuition fees
£1280 per 15 credit course. £2900 for the project. Students who started prior to 1 August 2018 will continue on the 2017/18 fee rate, including the 2017/18 fee for the dissertation/project.

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Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Arts/Humanities/Business/Social Sciences: For entry to the Master of Arts (MA) programme, students should have a minimum of: High School GPA of 3.0 Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 26. Entry to a Master of PhD programme usually requires the equivalent of a 2:1 (Upper Second Class Honours) British degree, or a 2:2 (Lower Second Class) British Degree. Bachelor’s degree (GPA: 3.0+) from an accredited university or college in a relevant subject. Postgraduate programmes at the University of Aberdeen and other British universities do not generally require standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc. Instead, applicants are assessed on the merit and relevance of their undergraduate studies, as well as references and personal statement. IELTS overall score - 6.5, Listening - 5.5 or above, Reading - 5.5 or above, Speaking - 5.5 or above, Writing - 6.0 or above, TOEFL iBT overall score - 90, Listening - 17 or above, Reading - 18 or above, Speaking - 20 or above, Writing - 21 or above.

For international students

Students need to have A 2:1 (upper second class or above) UK Honours degree in a science discipline, or a science-based Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth. Those with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate they have at least 2 years of professional experience judged by the University to be of direct relevance to the programme. Applicants with other qualifications may also be considered if they can demonstrate 3+ years' experience in the area of data management in the petroleum industry. Students should have IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading – 6.0; Speaking – 5.5; Writing - 6.0. TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Aberdeen

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