Taught course

Decommissioning (Online) MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth, in Engineering, Geosciences, Economics, Business, Law, or other science, technology and commercial degrees.
  • Other degree classifications will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate 3+ years of industry experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Decommissioning is the first Master's degree to enable decommissioning of oil rigs, platforms and offshore structures. It is delivered by the University of Aberdeen in the oil and gas industry centre of Aberdeen City and draws from supply chain experience and collaboration with the industry since the 1970's oil boom. The programme has been designed to allow you to study flexibly from anywhere in the world. You get wide ranging skills and knowledge of offshore structures and subsea systems, offshore installations, decommissioning environmental impact assessments, process shut down, well plugging and abandonment, evaluation, comparative assessments, and dissertation. Aberdeen offers you years of experience and knowledge of the industry.

Industry Links and Careers

You study with the aid of experts in the oil and gas industry and academics with research and industry collaboration portfolios in Aberdeen City where many FTSE 100 multinationals are based. The university offers a full suit of oil and gas related Master's degrees across the supply chain and the management of the business. This programme is designed to fulfill a vital skills gap in the industry now and in the future as old faciities go offline and new projects are initiated. Safety and correct procedure in decommissioning are critical to the environment and people in the industry and beyond.

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Information for international students

Please see the Postgraduate Standard section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,150 per module
International students
£1,150 per module

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
27 months
27 months


distance learning
5 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44(0)1224 272515