Over the next decade, around 100 platforms and 7,500 kilometres of pipeline on the UK Continental Shelf are forecast for decommissioning, with costs estimated to be £59 billion to 2050. The industry aims to reduce this figure by 35%, a target set by the Oil & Gas Authority.
The MSc Decommissioning is the world’s first and only Masters degree in decommissioning oil rigs, platforms and offshore structures. This programme focuses on the key aspects associated with decommissioning such as engineering, project management, business, law and health, and safety and environment and is specially designed for students from a broad range of backgrounds,
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.
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 (UKCS) 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 for future careers.
Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects Marine Environmental Impact Assessment Process Shut Down, Structural Decommissioning and Disposal Well Plugging and Abandonment Petroleum Economics and Project Evaluation Group Project in Comparative Assessment Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis* Applied Marine Ecology & Ecosystem Management
Each course below runs from September to December and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.
Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).
Year 1: Compulsory Courses :Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems (EG502T) - 15 Credit Points Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects (LS502T) - 15 Credit Points Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (ZO5514) - 15 Credit Points Process Shut Down, Structural Decommissioning and Disposal (EG55T1) - 15 Credit Points
Year 2: Compulsory Courses: Well Plugging and Abandonment (EG503T) - 15 Credit Points Petroleum Economics and Project Evaluation (EC5006) Group Project in Comparative Assessment (EG55T3) - 15 Credit Points Optional Courses 1 course from the options below:
Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis* Applied Marine Ecology & Ecosystem Management * Suitable only for students with Engineering, Math or Physics background