Institute of Petroleum Engineering

Information for currently enrolled students

Students have been attending the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University to study for the MSc programme in Petroleum Engineering since 1975. In 1997 a project was initiated to make it possible for the programme to be studied on a “Distance Learning” (DL) basis and the programme is now being delivered to over 1500 individuals studying on a self study basis around the world. The advantages of studying on a distance learning self study basis are:

  • Remain in employment during study
  • Self paced study
  • Apply learning directly to job
  • Interaction with professionals in subject whilst studying
  • Take Examinations when ready (each exam available twice per year)
  • Lowest cost study alternative

The structure and content of this programme is almost identical to the full-time Masters programme in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt with minor modifications to the content of the full-time programme, required to accommodate the distance learning delivery mechanism. The student who studies on a distance learning basis will however graduate with the same degree as the students who undertake the programme at Heriot-Watt.

This programme is aimed primarily at the oil and gas sector in the UK and overseas. It is vocational in nature and is designed to equip engineers who have between one and five years experience in the Petroleum Industry (in operating companies and the service sector) with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively, and to the standard required by the petroleum industry.

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