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Oil and Gas Innovation, MSc, Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time1 yearSeptemberGBP 9900GBP 18420
MScPart-time2 - 3 yearsSeptemberGBP 9900GBP 18420

About Oil and Gas Innovation, MSc - at Heriot-Watt University

The Oil and Gas Innovation MSc (by research) is a project-led masters programme which will equip students with the skills and competencies to generate and commercialise innovations for the oil and gas industry.

The programme is a collaboration between the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and a range of Scottish Universities, including the University of Aberdeen (lead), Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde University, University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the Highlands and Islands and Robert Gordon University to develop new technologies in exploration, production and decommissioning.

The collaborative nature of this programme means that in addition to courses at Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering, students will also take modules at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Strathclyde giving them the unique opportunity to benefit from the oil and gas expertise available at each of these three institutions.

Innovation Project

The innovation project is a unique part of the Oil and Gas Innovation MSc and comprises 75% of the programme. The project gives students the opportunity to use their acquired knowledge and skills in a practical application.

Please visit the Research tab to view our available projects.

Our students

The Oil and Gas Innovation MSc by Research is aimed at: 

  • Technical staff who have identified an innovation or have expertise likely to yield innovative solutions and want to learn how to commercialise these.
  • Business developers who have identified an opportunity to innovate in the oil and gas sector and seek to understand the framework of the industry and its supply chain.
  • Managers or technical staff who are seeking innovative solutions for their challenges and want to equip themselves with the knowledge and leadership skills to enable their companies to identify, validate and commercialise possible solutions.
  • Graduates in engineering or science, who have the qualities and ideas required to become leaders in innovation.

Programme duration

This programme is available as a one-year full-time degree or part-time over two or three years.

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Full-timeHome / EU£9,900Overseas£18,420

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate research scholarships.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in an Engineering or Science subject.  Those with alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant's first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. 

Applicants who have previously successfully completed programmes delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree programme. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required. 

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

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