Decommissioning (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

Course summary

Join the world’s first and only accredited online Masters degree in decommissioning oil rigs, platforms and offshore structures. Earn an accredited Masters degree in decommissioning oil rigs, platforms and offshore structures.

  • Train in all aspects of decommissioning on a degree accredited by the Energy Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.
  • Gain a broad range of knowledge and expertise in the physical process of taking offshore platforms out of service.
Through this MSc, you’ll cover engineering, project management, business, law, health and safety, and environmental studies. Hand-in-hand with industry This distance-learning Masters in Decommissioning has been designed in collaboration with major industry operators, supply chain companies and regulatory bodies. As a result, you’ll enjoy guest lectures from leading decommissioning industry experts and undertake industry-based projects. Who can study online MSc Decommissioning? You can apply for this flexible degree if you’re a graduate or experienced professional looking to upskill or move into the growing decommissioning sector. We welcome applications from students from a wide range of academic and industry backgrounds, including:
  • engineering
  • business
  • law
  • or environmental science.
Online MSc Decommissioning is part-time.


Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. You’ll learn from academic experts across engineering, law, business, economics and environmental science. Many of your tutors have worked in industry and alongside industry on research collaborations and major engineering projects. You’ll also enjoy lectures direct from industry professionals working in decommissioning now.

Assessment method

This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person. You can take your exams: on campus at the University of Aberdeen; at another university or exam centre that is closer to you; at your local British Council Office. We can help you find a convenient location for your exams. You then make the arrangements and book them yourself. We contact you six to eight weeks before your exam date to confirm your chosen location. We recommend exploring your options well before then.

How to apply

International applicants

Our distance learning MSc Decommissioning is delivered flexibly online. You can learn with us anywhere, with no need for a study visa, and set your own study hours to suit you.

Entry requirements

A UK Honours degree at 2:1 (upper second class), 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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition: Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above. DI code is 0818
PTE Academic62Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above. Online Test is not accepted
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programme (PSE) - Pass (valid for one year) Academic English Preparation Programme undertaken at other UK HEI - accredited by BALEAP and within 1 year of start of course

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Standard requirements are used by the Schools of Biological Sciences; Engineering; Geosciences; Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; Natural and Computing Sciences; and Psychology. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Fee information is not yet published for entry in Academic Year 2024/2025. For guidance, the fees on the website are for 2023/24.

Sponsorship information

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme: The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Decommissioning (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS