How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year; study begins as soon as registration is complete. Applications usually take 6 weeks to process if all supporting documents have been provided. 

Our how to apply for postgraduate programmes page will guide you through the online application process.

Supporting documents

You will need to supply the following documents to support your application. Failure to provide these documents will result in delay processing your application.

Entry requirements 

The programme is structured so that experienced individuals can undertake specific courses if they simply want to upgrade their knowledge in a particular subject area (such as well testing or production technology). In other words, it is not necessary to commit to, or complete, the entire degree program if that is not required.

Candidates wishing to qualify for the degree of Master in Petroleum Engineering may be registered as matriculated part-time students of Heriot-Watt University if they can satisfy the University that they hold appropriate qualifications.

The following guidelines are used to determine on what basis candidates may register:

Masters Degree 

  1. A good 1st or 2nd class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate discipline.
  2. A petroleum engineering background is not compulsory but a degree in engineering, geology or physical sciences would be beneficial. Or some industry experience would be useful.

International qualifications

We use the National Recognition Information System for the United Kingdom (NARIC) to assess qualifications from overseas applicants. NARIC is the official source of information and advice on the comparability of international qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide with those in the UK.

English language requirements

You will be required to study and sit examinations in English.  You do not need to provide further proof of English ability if you have already obtained a degree from a higher education provider teaching in English.

Our minimum English requirements are:

  • IELTS test 6.5
  • TOEFL 550 (or 90 in the internet test)
  • Grade B in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Other international examinations will be considered

Enrolment information

Enrolment involves logging in to an online system to check and update personal details and agreeing to the University's terms and conditions. This needs to be done annually in September regardless of when a student first enrolled.

  • Confirmation of Personal and Statistical Information
  • Confirmation of Contact Details
  • Upload a passport-style photo for student card
  • Confirmation of Programme Details
  • Contact information for enquiries regarding tuition fees
  • Acceptance of University terms and conditions