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An online short course providing engineers with a detailed understanding of the techniques used for installation, inspection, and maintenance of subsea systems and infrastructure.

Learn from a founding member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance, at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers throughout the global oil and gas industry.

Gain vital professional knowledge, skills and career advantage – with all the convenience of online learning at any location.


A short online course equipping you with a detailed understanding of the techniques used for installation, inspection, and maintenance of subsea systems, including seabed hardware, pipelines and risers, plus the implications of such techniques for the design of subsea components and systems.

You’ll become familiar with the various techniques and trends in the installation, inspection and maintenance of subsea equipment, especially pipeline and riser systems and principal components.

We’ve designed this course for you as a practising engineer working in – or moving into – the offshore industry, and involved in planning subsea installations or the design of subsea structures. You’ll gain the added professional skills of a broad awareness of techniques used throughout offshore operations to give an appreciation and understanding of system limitations and appropriate applications for different subsea environments.

Aberdeen is the obvious choice for this course, as a globally-recognised centre of excellence in subsea engineering, with the greatest concentration anywhere 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 MSc in Subsea Engineering, highly-acclaimed and accredited by relevant industry bodies. This is 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 energy. 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 today working at senior level, including CEO and MD, in the offshore industry worldwide. Wherever you are working in the world you are likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you.

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 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

Your course will cover the design and planning of an installation through to regular inspection and interventions.

You’ll look at designing and planning an installation, the vessels used to install the equipment, and the principles of rig set-up and operation. You’ll cover pipelines, spool design, and the differences between J-lay and S-lay. And you’ll learn about design of the subsea architecture including the riser and manifold, and the actual installation including operational and installation loads, lifting analysis and calculation.

You’ll also examine subsea well access, deep water subsea installation techniques, subsea inspection, survey techniques and understanding spatial/acoustic positioning methods and accuracy.

You’ll study different types of maintenance and repair, the rationale of using divers or diverless intervention, and how ROVs are used in subsea inspection.

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 study, you will still feel part of our very special Aberdeen family and learning community.


Our online courses are delivered through an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have been developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

You will be assessed through three projects (weighted as 30%, 25%, 25% of your marks) and one online test which is worth 20% of your marks. There is no examination for this course.

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.