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A new online short course providing an overview of the infrastructure and facilities, topside and subsea, that will require removal at the end of their lifetime.

Get ahead in the decommissioning challenge, learning from experts in Europe’s energy capital who are recognised for top-quality teaching and cutting-edge research within the global oil and gas industry.

Gain the career advantage of boosting your knowledge and skills in a topical field – with all the advantages of online learning at any location.



Overview

This short course will equip you with a thorough overview of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that will need to be removed when the time arrives for decommissioning.

You’ll be introduced to various aspects of offshore structures and subsea systems, including field architecture, subsea hardware and subsea pipelines, and how such systems are maintained and monitored. You’ll consider the technical and engineering challenges related to oil and gas production in subsea fields around the world, as they relate to end-of-life operations and decommissioning.

Decommissioning the oil and gas installations on the UK continental shelf alone is estimated as a market worth between £40-100 billion over the next 40 years. Far from being an ‘end’ we at Aberdeen view this as the opportunity to develop tools, technology and skills that can be applied in other offshore basins around the world. 

As a practising engineer or recent graduate, you’ll gain huge benefit and career advantage from this course, as will colleagues in other areas of the offshore business who want to know more about the hardware and technology to be tackled in the decommissioning challenge.

Aberdeen is the obvious choice for this course, as a globally-recognised centre of excellence in subsea engineering and the greatest concentration of subsea companies. You’ll be taught by experienced tutors who have themselves worked at high level in the industry, and by guest speakers from major companies operating in the subsea and wider offshore sector. Your programme benefits from an Industry Advisory Board which constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you gain state-of-the-art knowledge and are up to date with emerging trends and technologies.

You can study this credit-bearing online short course standalone, or as a taster to progress to a full Masters in our unique MSc Decommissioning programme. Alternatively you may wish to aim for our MSc in Subsea Engineering, highly-acclaimed and accredited by relevant industry bodies. Both these Masters programmes are available fully online, for you to study at your own pace, at any location, and fitting around your work and personal commitments.


Why Aberdeen for this course?

The combination of reputation, experience, breadth of expertise, teaching and research strength, location and international outlook, makes Aberdeen the obvious provider of first-class education in oil and gas. Aberdeen is Europe's energy capital and a leading ‘World Energy City’. Our University is a founding Member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance.

The Aberdeen Institute of Energy brings together experts in research, teaching and professional development across all areas of oil and gas and renewable energies. Students gain the benefit of close working relationships with major companies and entrepreneurs, and learn from experienced industry professionals and world-class academics who collaborate with industry colleagues on cutting-edge research.

Aberdeen engineering graduates are highly respected and operate at senior level, including CEO and MD, in sectors of the industry worldwide. Wherever you are working in the world you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you.

The University has specialist strength in all the disciplines required to meet the decommissioning challenge, from engineering to law, business and environmental protection.  A suite of new educational opportunities is now available from undergraduate to postgraduate professional development to PhD research opportunities.

You can take this credit-bearing short course standalone. Should you decide to pursue your studies in greater depth, you can use your credits to progress to the full online MSc in Decommissioning. Alternatively you may prefer our MSc in Subsea Engineering, accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Energy Institute. You may also want to consider our new MSc Global Subsea Engineering programme which offers a unique opportunity for students to learn in an internationally collaborative environment centred around two major oil and gas hubs: Aberdeen in Scotland and Perth in Western Australia.


What you'll study

You’ll be equipped with a thorough overview of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and gain an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that will need to be removed at the end of their productive life.  

You’ll be introduced to various aspects of offshore structures and subsea systems, including field architecture, subsea hardware and subsea pipelines, and how such systems are maintained and monitored. You’ll consider the technical and engineering challenges related to oil and gas production in subsea fields around the world, as they relate to end-of-life operations and decommissioning.

Your online lectures will begin by focusing on the equipment and technology employed underwater, including trees, valves and connectors. You’ll then look at application and architecture on the seabed, including how this hardware has been installed. You’ll learn about subsea intervention technologies, EOR, and risk and liability. You’ll also consider the relevant standards and operating codes, good practice, and legislation pertaining to this area. And you’ll finish your course with a look forward at emerging technologies and the decommission challenge.


How you'll study

This 12-week online learning short course offers all the flexibility and convenience to study when, where and how you choose, and to fit your learning around your location, work and personal commitments.

Our online courses are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as self-contained units of learning taught and assessed to the same quality as our degree programmes, and developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

We aim to create an international online classroom experience and student community which enables you to enjoy the same learning experience as students on our full degree programmes, including access to a suite of learning resources and support.

We expect you to spend around 10-15 hours weekly on your 12-week course. You’ll be guided through your programme with weekly online lectures and tutorials, reading material, and plenty of opportunity to interact with your tutors, and with your online classmates on discussion boards.

Wherever you are in the world, as you enjoy the advantages of online distance study, you will still feel part of our very special Aberdeen family and learning community.


Assessment

During your course you will be asked to write a report on the different elements of subsea production infrastructure and the challenges they each pose in decommissioning. This will be worth 30% of your total mark.

At the end of the course you’ll have a written examination worth 70% of your marks.  Through our network of partners throughout the world we will arrange a convenient location for you to sit your exam. Alternatively, if you are based in Aberdeen, you can take your exam on our Aberdeen campus.


Entry Requirements

In general, applicants are expected to hold a relevant degree; however alternative/lower qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience, may also be considered as a means for entry.

All students entering the University, including online courses, must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study our programmes effectively. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. For details of our pre-sessional English courses see our Language Centre website.