Unique degree set to launch at RGU

A unique IT masters degree aimed specifically at preparing graduates for the oil and gas industry is to launch at Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, this year.

August 23, 2013 5:10 IST | India Infoline News Service
Believed to be the only course of its kind, the MSc Information Technology 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 geosciences.

The course will launch in September, 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 engineering was vital for IT graduates going into that field as it was very difficult for them to operate without a basic understanding of those skills,” said Dr Ines Arana, postgraduate programme leader for the school. “If you don’t know anything about engineering then it is hard to know what is required by companies in the sector as there are particular ways that data is expressed relating to oil production.

“We’ve tailored the course to make sure that students will come away with an understanding of engineering, 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 the oil and gas 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 Computing School showed there was also a clear demand for a course which addressed issues of online security.

Dr Arana said: “An increasing number of organisations store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically so online security is an important issue. The course will produce computing specialists who can design and maintain secure information systems and networks.”

The Scottish Funding Council is sponsoring a number of fee-free places for Scottish and EU students on both the courses. To apply to the courses, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline or for more information on the fee-free places, email pgoffice@rgu.ac.uk

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