Subsea Engineering MSc

Subsea Engineering, MSc

Introduction

A Subsea Engineering MSc that is completely connected to the UK's Subsea Industry. Aberdeen has a larger concentration of Subsea companies than anywhere else in the world, benefiting you, the student in many ways.

The degree is available on a full-time or on a part-time, distance learning basis.

Key Facts

Duration
1 Year / 2 Years / 2 Years, 3 Months
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
September / January
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning / Distance Learning

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Overview

This programme will develop you in to 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 contributions 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.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Production Systems (EG50F9)

The subsea production systems course has been developed to give students a detailed understanding of the business decisions as well as the specialist hardware required to develop subsea oil and gas production systems in challenging environments.

The course addresses the technical issues related to engineering, development, and production of oil and gas in subsea fields around the world. A close linkage to the subsea industry is ensured through industry experts participating in the course delivery.

Subsea Control (EG50F6)

This course introduces the key concepts and components that form the subsea control system. A subsea control engineer must be comfortable in dealing with a multitude of engineering concepts at the basic level. Subsequently, this course borrows from concepts in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, civil and structural engineering and hydraulics to name a few. The course tends to give a high-level systemic introduction of the various fundamental aspects necessary for a well-operating subsea control system.

Subsea Integrity (EG50F8)

This course is for students studying MSc Subsea Engineering. The aim is to provide knowledge of materials engineering and selection, and failure and degradation issues in a subsea environment, including life cycle analysis; to provide knowledge for understanding and applying the relevant design standards and selection guidelines; and to provide a detailed understanding related to fault finding and integrity management. Fundamental studies are combined with industry applications.

· Principles of materials selection

· Materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes

· Degradation processes – corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion

· Failure processes – fracture and fatigue

· Inspection techniques

· Integrity management procedures

Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T7)

Course provides a detailed understanding of the techniques used for installation, inspection, and maintenance of subsea systems, including seabed hardware, pipelines and risers, and the implications of such techniques for the design of subsea components and systems.

The module will provide detailed knowledge on various techniques and trends in the installation, inspection and maintenance of subsea equipment, especially pipeline and riser systems and principal components. It will provide engineers with a sufficiently broad awareness of techniques used throughout offshore operations to give an appreciation and understanding of system limitations and appropriate applications for different subsea environments

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (EG55F2)

Offshore production of oil and gas requires transportation of the oil and gas from where it is produced to shipping vessels, storage tanks or refinery. The transportation is done using pipelines which are installed on the seabed. This course examines the engineering and scientific concepts that underpin the selection of the material and size of such pipelines as well as safe installation and operation. The environmental impact and the role played by the seabed profile are also discussed. Contribution from industry-based practicing engineers is used to inform students of current practices and technologies in subsea pipelines.

Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics (EG55F6)

The course provides students with detailed knowledge of risers systems design considerations. Typical riser systems including flexible, steel catenary, hybrid and top tensioned riser systems are covered. The ocean environmental hydrodynamics and interactions between vessel, mooring and riser systems are also considered.

Flow Assurance (EG55F8)

There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a detailed explanation of the topics, a well-balanced set of tutorials with real examples, invited lectures from experienced engineers and flow assurance specific software training.

Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (EG55P6)

The Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis course develops knowledge and understanding of the key concepts in technical safety, risk and reliability used in engineering.

The course introduces general risk assessment principles and the application of probabilistic risk modelling schemes. Reliability theory and computation are addressed, using recognised engineering industry reliability methods. Students will also be introduced to safety management and human reliability, including safety management systems.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Engineering Individual Project (EG59F9)

This course enables students to write a dissertation based on a subsea related topic of the student’s own choice. Students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting the Subsea industry.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Field Work
  • Field Trips
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects

Assessment

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. 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.

Why Study Subsea Engineering?

  • Aberdeen is recognised as the global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operations.
  • The programme is 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), ensuring that your teaching is recognised by relevant bodies and that you are getting the best possible experience.
  • You will gain an awareness of the roles and challenges of a practising subsea engineer as well as the knowledge, 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.
  • You will be part of a University that is a founding Member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance.
  • Our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", brings you closer to the industry. The city is an inspiring place for any future 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 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 a range of backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Our engineering graduates move in to very successful careers with a large proportion working in senior roles in the industry, even as high as CEO and 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.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £4,500
International Students Tuition fee for main award £18,300
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding

- Fugro Subsea Services Ltd. scholarship – one scholarships valued at £6,000 - Full details here - www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=77

- Subsea UK Subsea Scholarship – one scholarship valued at £8,000 - Full details here - www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=181

- Chevron Scholarship – one scholarship valued at £18,796 - Full details here - www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=352

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum entry requirement:

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 students with 2:2 Engineering and 5+ years experience.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé

Features

Industry Visits

Industry Visits

Our close connections with the UK Subsea Industry means you get the chance to visit a number of different organisations and learn about their area of expertise. One good example is the National Hyperbaric Centre.

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Careers

As the MSc in Subsea Engineering is focused on every kind of marine operation in the offshore industry, there are many opportunities for career enhancement.

Industry Links

Neil Gordon - Chief Executive Subsea UK - “Today’s students are the people who will drive our industry forward for years to come. Set in the heart of industry’s global centre of excellence for subsea engineering, Aberdeen has a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally. We are extremely proud to support the degree programme and help develop business links that will enhance the overall learning experience for students.”

Hear from Business

  • Neil Gordon - Chief ExecutiveSubsea UK

    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. Neil Gordon - Chief Executive

Accreditation

The programme is fully accredited by the The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), ensuring that your teaching is recognised by relevant bodies and that you are getting the best possible experience.

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Our Experts

Director
Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
Programme Coordinator
Dr Peter Hicks

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

What our Alumni Say

  • Catherine Hammond, Graduate Project Engineer at

    Catherine Hammond

    Job Details
    Graduate Project Engineer
    Graduated
    I was very lucky to start with Technip UK the very same day my Masters programme finished and I have been fully immersed into the busy life of an offshore Project Management Team.
  • Otonye Iboroma, Subsea Project Engineer at

    Otonye Iboroma

    Job Details
    Subsea Project Engineer
    Graduated
    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 solutions.
  • Alan Ross, Installation Analysis Engineer at

    Alan Ross

    Job Details
    Installation Analysis Engineer
    Graduated
    When researching potential universities, I found a lot of evidence that indicated the University of Aberdeen has a very good reputation from an engineering standpoint.
  • Pedro Miguel Vidigal, Subsea Installation and Tie In Engineer at

    Pedro Miguel Vidigal

    Job Details
    Subsea Installation and Tie In Engineer
    Graduated
    The MSc in Subsea Engineering is focused on every kind of marine operations in the offshore industry and it helped me to get involved with a marine contractor.
  • Olamide Ajala, PhD Student at

    Olamide Ajala

    Job Details
    PhD Student
    Graduated
    My degree gave me a broad knowledge, understanding and exposure to Subsea Engineering . It provided me the great opportunity to carry out my MSc Project with Subsea 7 (France).

Contact

Address
College of Physical Sciences Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Fraser Noble Building
King's College
Aberdeen

AB24 3UE
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 272515
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