Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Subsea Engineering
A Subsea Engineering MSc that is completely connected to the UK's Subsea Industry. Aberdeen has the largest concentration of Subsea companies than anywhere else in the world, benefitting you, the student in many ways.

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Dates
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

This programme will develop you into a highly-trained, highly-qualified, business-aware graduate who can make an immediate impact in your chosen career, and who will have the drive and skills needed to continuously strengthen the subsea industry.

We have a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally, and the programme receives support from local industrial organisations in terms of relevant and up-to-the minute contributions to teaching, and support in the specification of group and individual projects.

You will develop an increased technical depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of the development and operation of subsea technologies and systems. You will develop the intellectual and practical skills required to apply sound engineering principles and analysis methods to the design and installation of subsea systems, and you will learn how to use and adapt appropriate analysis tools and techniques, specialist design software and standards for design improvements and performance optimisation.


27 - 60 MONTHS PART-TIME DISTANCE LEARNING - January and September start dates 
12 MONTHS FULL-TIME (ON CAMPUS) STUDY - September only  

Why Study this Programme?

  • Aberdeen is recognised as the global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operation, with links into all the major subsea related companies.
  • The programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
  • You will gain an awareness of the roles and challenges of a practising subsea engineer as well as the knowledge and understanding and skills necessary for technical leadership and managerial responsibility.
  • You will be given the opportunity to further enhance your transferable and personal skills in self-study, communication, report writing, project and time management, and problem solving
  • Part-time, distance learning study option is available, suiting those individuals that are interested in pursuing an MSc qualification whilst continuing to work
  • We are a founding Member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance and our very own Prof Ekaterina Pavlovskaia is the current Director
  • Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", very much brings you closer to the industry. The city is an inspiring place for any future oil and gas and wider energy industry leader.
  • Our geographic location puts us in a unique position of being able to offer a curriculum that is highly relevant to the needs of employers, alongside cutting-edge research. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop crucial business links alongside your learning.
  • To ensure that the degree programmes remain current and connected to industry, the programme is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of experienced professionals from the Subsea Industry and beyond.
  • We deliver industry supportive and responsive research in a number of key oil and gas and wider energy areas -
  • Our close links with industry ensures that you experience lectures taught by industry professionals, get the chance to visit relevant organisations, attend industry events, and undertake MSc projects with leading firms.
  • We are a Chevron Preferred Partner University and an Associate Member of the European Drilling Engineers Association, DEA(e)
  • Our engineering programmes attract students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for the future of oil and gas exploration and production, and the engineering skills required to make it a continued success.
  • Our engineering graduates move into very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO, MD level. It doesn't matter where in the world you end up working, you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you. Our School of Engineering truly is a global family network.


Fully accredited by the The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

Our Experts

Prof. Ekaterina Pavlovskaia - Director of Global Subsea Alliance 

Ila Glennie - Programme Director 

Neil Gordon - Chief Executive of Subsea UK

“It’s important that we continue to support and engage with today’s students as they are the people who will drive our industry forward for years to come.

“By fostering close links between industry and academia and being able to offer scholarship places, we can ensure that tomorrow’s leaders are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on their own subsea journey. Set in the heart of industry’s global centre of excellence for subsea engineering, Aberdeen University has a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally."

Contact Information

For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.


Full-time students study for one year: September - September:

You will study the following:


Previous Projects include:

  • Integrity management strategy for onshore and offshore pipelines
  • The application of composite materials as Subsea flowlines
  • Development of strain based algorithms for health monitoring of Subsea pipelines
  • Single pip damage assessment due to dropped object 
  • Simulation of soil consolidation and lateral interaction with wellheads


Part-time students study for two years:

Year 1
September to December:
• Subsea Production Systems
• Subsea Construction, Inspection & Maintenance

January to May:
• Subsea Construction, Inspection & Maintenance
• Pipelines & Soil Mechanics

Year 2
September to December:
• Subsea Control
• Subsea Integrity

January to May:
• Riser Systems & Hydrodynamics
• Flow Assurance 

June to December:
Individual Project

Learning Methods

Field Trip, Group Projects, Individual Projects, Lectures, Research


The modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The distance learning coursework is submitted to the course tutor through the web-site and marks and comments will be sent back, also via the web, on campus submission is either by email or in person at teaching sessions. Each module has a timetable which details when the coursework is due and when the exam is scheduled to take place. Arrangements can be made for examinations to be taken at a convenient place for you. Distance learning students near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Examinations are usually held towards the end of December and the end of May. Students sit the examination within their own timezone (e.g. 9am local time).


The courses are completely modular in structure and have been carefully developed to articulate to each other to provide a variety of levels of provision, suiting the needs of the participants. A choice of exit levels is provided to suit the needs of the participants thus leading to the award of a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification. Each level is a necessary requirement for entry to the next one. Full-time students complete 4 modules per half session while part-time students complete up to 2.

Lecture material will be provided in a variety of mediums, including written lecture notes and/or audio recording of lectures for streaming. It is important that distance-learning students have access to high-speed internet for streaming recorded lectures.


Alan Ross "Aberdeen is very much at the core of oil and gas related activities in Europe and, for any prospective/current student interested in enjoying a dynamic and exciting career in subsea engineering, there is no better place than the University of Aberdeen to help qualify anyone to undertake such a career." [More]
Bipin Kumar Pal "The degree helped me in gaining better insight into the industry along with good theoretical knowledge to help understanding the concepts." [More]
Pedro Miguel Vidigal "The close relationship of the university with companies such as Fugro and Technip allows the students to understand how marine operations work in the real world." [More]
Otonye Iboroma

"The school has a very close working relationship with the players in the oil & gas sector  thereby availing me the opportunity of having to know real time challenges and solu

tions to the oil & gas sector." [More]

Academic Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in any branch of Engineering.

Flexibility may be shown to distance-learning applicants with a 2:2 level Engineering degree AND 5+ years of relevant experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics, stress analysis, thermodynamics, dynamics, fluids and engineering design.

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry. 

Document requirements

For this application we need at least: 

  • a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) so far (original & official English translation)
  • detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • ideally - current CV/resume
  • optional - academic reference letter OR employer if you have 2+ years of experience

It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.  


We have one intake of FT students each September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications for full-time study received after 30th June from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry but will be considered for entry into the following intake as appropriate. Distance-learners should apply as soon as possible and by 31st July.


English Requirements

Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.  


Information on tuition fees, including the current fee level, can be found on the University Registry website.



Funding opportunities can be found in our searchable Funding Database. You are advised to search the database as a broad range of funding exists much of which you may be eligible for.

A list of funding opportunties is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.

University of Aberdeen 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 (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information


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