A unique IT masters degree aimed specifically at preparing graduates for the oil and gas industry has launched at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen this year.
Believed to be the only course of its kind, the MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry combines training in software development tools and techniques and IT service management with modules in oil and gas engineering and petroleum geoscience.
The course will be launched as part of the new semester, alongside another Masters course in Information and Network Security, following an extensive consultation period carried out by RGU’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media with a large number of industry representatives and alumni now working in the sector.
“The feedback we got was that some knowledge of oil and gas engineering and petroleum geoscience was vital for IT graduates going into that field as it was very difficult for them to operate without a basic understanding of those fields,” said Dr Ines Arana, postgraduate programme leader for the school.
“If you don’t know anything about oil and gas engineering then it is hard to understand what IT tools and services are required by companies in the sector.
“We’ve tailored the course to make sure that students will come away with an understanding of oil and gas engineering and petroleum geoscience, as well as having an in-depth knowledge of IT, which sets them up with the skills they will require to go into a career in computing in that particular industry.”
She added: “This is a very unique degree, which responds to the fact that RGU is based right in the heart of the oil capital of Europe and therefore has a great insight into what employers in that sector are looking for. As far as we know it is the only course of its kind.”
In addition to the IT for the Oil and Gas Industry Masters course, the various consultation exercises done by the School of Computing Science and Digital
Media showed there was also a clear demand for a course which addressed issues of information and network security.
Dr Arana said: “An increasing number of organisations store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically so security is an important issue.
“The course will produce computing specialists who can design and maintain secure information systems and networks.”
For more information on the courses, visit www.bit.ly/RGUSchoolofComputing