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MScOil & Gas Innovation

Why this course?

This Masters course is delivered by five Scottish universities* in partnership with the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).

The degree aims to develop new technologies in exploration, production, processing and decommissioning within the oil and gas sector, for graduates as well as individuals with industrial experience or companies with innovative ideas that they wish to develop.

Who's the course for?

  • graduates in engineering or science, who have the qualities and ideas required to become leaders in innovation
  • 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

*The universities involved in this programme are: University of Strathclyde, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, Heriot-Watt University, and the University of St Andrews.

What you'll study

The course is offered on a full-time basis. To achieve the MSc you must accumulate no fewer than 180 credits of which 120 are awarded in respect of the Dissertation. To gain the Postgraduate Certificate you must accumulate no fewer than 60 credits from the taught classes of the course.

Compulsory classes

  • Commercialising Innovation (delivered at Aberdeen University)
  • Product Development (offered to students across all universities)
  • Business Essentials for Innovators (offered to students across all universities)
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Project Scoping
  • Oil & Gas Project

Some modules, ie Commercialising Innovation, Business Essentials for Innovators, and Product Development will be partially delivered via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The taught element of the programme may be delivered at other university campuses or at independent work sites.

All students take part in a research project to explore a practical problem related to the oil and gas sector. The compulsory oil and gas project can be carried out at an employer’s site.

Work placement

Students are encouraged to carry out projects in an industrial environment where possible. Students currently employed within a relevant industrial setting may be able to carry out the project at the employer’s site´╗┐.´╗┐


We're one of the largest chemical engineering departments in the country and have new state-of-the-art research laboratories. These include experimental facilities for light scattering, spectroscopy, corrosion studies, adsorption measurements and high speed video flow microscopy. 

You'll have access to the department's own dedicated computer suite which is installed with industry standard software.

Guest lectures

A number of external speakers, who are leading practitioners in their field, are part of the course programme.

Course content

Commercialising Innovation*

This module will provide a practical and theoretical framework to understand and approach innovation/commercialisation in the oil and gas sector.

The module will provide an overview of industry relevant context, as well as highlighting appropriate tools and techniques for the commercialisation of innovation.

Product Development**

This module delivers a structured introduction to product development processes, issues and tools. The module will equip students with the knowledge to plan the movement of a technical innovation through to market readiness and adoption, as well as highlighting the role of design models, approaches and methods.

Business Essentials for Innovators**

This module will provide students with the opportunity to experience an entrepreneurial perspective on leading and managing innovation.

The module also provides an understanding of cash flow management, viable financial structures and access to financial and human resources.

Emerging Technologies

This class is an introduction to key research areas across chemical engineering & chemistry that are of industrial importance in the medium term, including in the oil & gas sector. It will include a range of advanced technologies that support the innovation, design and development of processes that are more efficient, cleaner and have a reduced impact on the environment.

Project Scoping

This class aims to prepare students to execute an oil and gas project by proposing a scientific/engineering research topic, locating and critically reviewing relevant scientific literature, and producing a safe and ethical project plan.

Oil & Gas Project

In this module the student will implement engineering and technical skills, as well as gain an understanding how to apply existing knowledge, to solve a relevant problem in the oil and gas sector.

Students will gain experience of project management, communication, setting targets, time management, monitoring and critically evaluating processes.

*delivered at Aberdeen University

**offered to students across all universities

Learning & teaching

Course content is delivered through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • laboratory demonstrations
  • project work

Entry requirements

A Second Class (Upper Level) Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline.

Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and ability to study at an advanced level.

English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). 

The University offers Pre-sessional English language programmes for students who do not meet the criteria.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


2017/18 - £9,615

Rest of UK

2017/18 - £9,615


2017/18 - £17,895

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


There is growing world-wide demand for high-calibre graduates who can encourage innovation in the oil and gas industry.

If you are an individual already employed in a relevant company, this course will benefit your career progression, by providing the skills and knowledge to identify, validate and commercialise possible solutions.

Upon finishing the MSc programme, some students may be eligible to apply for PhD places in the department and across the Engineering faculty.

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Oil and Gas Innovation

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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