MSc Petroleum Engineering — Petroleum Learning Centre
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Heriot-Watt University
postgraduate programme

MSc Petroleum Engineering

The programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand and solve the most complex upstream problems in today’s petroleum industry


1 year full time in Russia


Exclusively in English


MSc in Petroleum Engineering

Programme content

The programme consists of course encompassing a wide range of petroleum engineering fundamentals relevant to the current oil industry.
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Production Technology
  • Well Test Analysis
  • Petroleum Economics

Group project

Groups of students are provided with real data from a field. Analysis of this data results in an assessment of the reservoir and leads to the design of an appropriate production system.

Students have access to state-of-the-art computer technology and industry standard software. Assessment is by means of a written report and by group presentation.

Individual project

Each student is required to carry out a detailed investigation of some topic related to petroleum geoscience or engineering. Projects normally include a wide choice of experimental research, computer modelling and real oilfield problems.

Students have access to industry standard software. Assessment is by means of both thesis and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

Graduates go on to work for major oil and gas companies, service companies as well as smaller consultancies in petroleum engineering. The programme provides a springboard to pursue a career in research.


оf graduates are sought by industry and are in graduate-level jobs 6 months after graduation
"I can't name a subject of the programme that won't come in handy later on. The modular system helps to fully immerse yourself into the discipline. Everything is geared towards working with real data. The field development project is very similar to the projects I deal with at my current company."
Aleksei Brusnichkin
From Russia, graduated in 2019
Currently works in Russia

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in petroleum engineering, geology, physics, mathematics or any other relevant subject
  • Upper intermediate (B2) level of English

Tuition and fees

  • Tuition fee — 900 000 RUB
  • Accommodation fee — 3 200 RUB per month

There are no scholarships available to non-Russian citizens. Please budget additional funds to cover living expenses.

How to apply

Complete our application form

Make sure you meet entry requirements and are able to cover tuition and living expenses. The application form is available online in Russian only.

Take our English level test online

You will get access to the test once we have reviewed your application. The test takes 45 minutes. You need to answer at least 25 questions out of 50 correctly.

Have a Zoom interview

Meet our staff to discuss your application. The interview lasts 1 hour. We might check your knowledge of the degree you earned and your motivation to study with us.

Studying our MSc programmes in Tomsk, Russia is not significantly different from studying at the main campus of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. The contents of the programmes are identical. We follow the same standards of teaching and assessing students’ results.

Graduates of the programme receive an MSc degree from Heriot-Watt University. The Heriot-Watt diploma does not state that you have completed your education in Russia.

Yes, you can study a handful of MSc programmes online, including the Petroleum Engineering course. To find out more about your options, the application process, intake deadlines, tuition fees, and other issues related to online learning, please visit the Heriot-Watt Online website.

We process applications from November to the end of July each year. You can apply online, take an English test, and have an interview with us at any time during this period. However, those who are required to get a student visa to study in Russia are strongly encouraged to finish their application process at least two months before we close applications, to allow some time to receive a student visa.

There are no scholarships available to non-Russian citizens.

There is no stipend or monthly allowance. Make sure to budget funds sufficient to cover living expenses. Your minimal monthly expenses are estimated to be around 15 000 RUB.

Yes, we provide every student with a decent accommodation conveniently located within easy reach of the teaching building, groceries, cafes, and sports facilities. You will share a room for two with a classmate. The room has an en-suite bathroom, access to the internet, as well as a weekly cleaning service.

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