Taught course

Reservoir Evaluation and Management

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Entrants to the programme will normally have a good Honours degree in engineering or a relevant science discipline such as geology, physics, chemistry or mathematics, from a British or overseas university. A background in geoscience is useful but not essential. The general selection criteria are ability and employability and, in addition to academic qualifications, experience, personality and motivation are taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management (REM) is a unique combination of Reservoir Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering centred around the individual reservoir rather than the wider regional geology. Most development decisions in oil companies are based on the predictions of computer models of the subsurface.

The REM MSc teaches students the most effective ways to combine the geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering disciplines in order to develop computer models which provide the most robust predictions. The main objective of the programme is to provide a thorough training in aspects of reservoir geology, geophysics and engineering, related to the appraisal and development of subsurface hydrocarbon resources.

Graduates of the Reservoir Evaluation and Management MSc will be in a unique position of having a thorough understanding of both the geosciences and engineering issues relevant to hydrocarbon reservoir behaviour. The programme is deliberately intensive, typically consisting of working a full five days per week of lectures and practical work. The programme also includes two field trips to observe geology in the field for those with and without prior geological experience.

The programme is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI).

Core Courses

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Reservoir Concepts
  • Reservoir Sedimentology
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Well Testing
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Rock Mechanics, Geomechanics and Geophysics
  • Modelling and Management

Information for international students

This programme is designed to provide the necessary training for multi-disciplinary professionals required by the petroleum industry. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit to scholarships@hw.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation25 (15000 words)
Team project (Field Development Plan)20

Course contact details

EGIS Student Office
+44 (0) 131 451 8368