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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 Months

Course summary

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a broad range of knowledge and expertise in the physical process of taking offshore platforms out of service, including engineering, project management, business, law, health and safety, and environmental studies.

The MSc Decommissioning was designed in collaboration with major operators, supply chain companies and regulatory bodies and features guest lectures from leading decommissioning industry experts. In addition, many students have the opportunity to undertake industry-based projects as part of the programme.

In Semester 1 and Semester 2 you will undertake taught courses, followed by your research project, which you can design with faculty, based on your research interests or industry experience. Some students also have the opportunity to undertake their project with a company or external organisation and benefit from direct industry input and interaction.

Applications are welcome from students from a broad range of educational and industry backgrounds, including engineering, business, law and environmental science and from both recent graduates or experienced professionals who are looking to upskill or move into the growing decommissioning sector.

The University of Aberdeen is the recognised leader in offshore oil and gas decommissioning and is home to the newly established National Decommissioning Centre of Excellence. Established with support from the Scottish Government, through the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, the centre will work in partnership with companies to develop and deploy technology that delivers cost-effective decommissioning at the end of field life, and during oil and gas production operations, including ‘small piece’ decommissioning techniques.

While the UK Continental Shelf is currently the largest decommissioning market in the North Sea, there are significant opportunities in key regions around the globe, where skills and knowledge of the decommissioning process is a huge advantage.

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 23,000per year

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University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 57 1

    23rd out of 72 3

    30th out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    137 62%

    29th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    96 96%

    5th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.43 89%

    2nd

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    179 85%

    8th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%

    42nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    54th

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    157 71%

    18th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    60th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%

    30th

    4

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