Taught course

Petroleum Data Management

University of Aberdeen · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A 2:1 (upper second class or above) UK Honours degree in a science discipline, or a science-based Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth.

Those with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate they have at least 2 years of professional experience judged by the University to be of direct relevance to the programme. Please include an employer reference letter in this case.

Applicants with other qualifications may also be considered if they can demonstrate 3+ years' experience in the area of data management in the petroleum industry.

Months of entry


Course content

he aim of the MSc Petroleum Data Management programme is to provide education and training at postgraduate level for data managers both working in the petroleum sector or for those aspiring to work in the sector.

The MSc programme was set up through a partnership between the University of Aberdeen and Common Data Access Ltd (CDA), a not-for-profit subsidiary of OEUK, the representative body for the UK offshore energy industry. The programme is also supported by leading multinational companies including Shell, TotalEnergies and Chevron and its content has been developed with input from our industry partners, to ensure that it is tailored to the needs of industry.

The content reflects the overall key data management activities of relevance to petroleum data managers, to provide individuals with job-ready expertise to move into the advanced data management roles that will meet the growing demand and expectations of the global oil and gas industry.

In particular, this programme is tailored to deal specifically with managing the physical and digital data that are used across the oil and gas industry, to understand and evaluate the subsurface and the petroleum reserves located there.

Flexible study options mean that the MSc Petroleum Data Management can be studied full time on campus or part-time online.

Information for international students

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    27 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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