Introduction

The MSc Global Subsea Engineering programme offers a unique opportunity for students to engage and learn in an internationally collaborative environment centred around two major oil and gas hubs: Aberdeen, Scotland and Perth, Western Australia.

This programme is studied on campus.

This 12 month masters program draws on the niche expertise of University of Aberdeen and Curtin University in the field of subsea engineering and offers students a seamless global education experience where students spend time at each institution. You will receive a degree recognising study at both universities.

The course provides an in-depth understanding of subsea infrastructure, construction and maintenance, subsea surveying and installation, safety and regulation. It has been designed to produce the career-ready engineers that the highly technical subsea industry requires. At the successful completion of the course students will be awarded a degree recognising their study at both institutions.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

Semester 1 (University of Aberdeen)

  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T7)
  • Subsea Control (EG50F6)
  • Subsea Integrity (EG50F8)
  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems (EG50R1)

Semester 2 (Curtin University)

  • Phase Behaviour and Flow Assurance (PEEN6002)
  • Umbilicals and Risers (CVEN6002)
  • Safety, Reliability and Integrity Management (PEEN5003)
  • Flowlines and Pipelines (DVEN6003)

Research Project (University of Aberdeen)

  • Individual Project (EG59F9)
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems (EG50R1) - 15 Credit Points

This course will equip students with the required knowledge of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and to enable them to gain an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that need to be removed during decommissioning.

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Subsea Control (EG50F6) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Subsea Integrity (EG50F8) - 15 Credit Points

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

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Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T7) - 15 Credit Points

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

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (EG55F2) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics (EG55F6) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Flow Assurance (EG55F8) - 15 Credit Points

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.

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Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (EG55P6) - 15 Credit Points

The world is full of uncertainties and there is a level of risk in every human activity, including engineering. Many industries require an engineer to manage significant risks and design for high reliability, such as oil and gas, subsea, nuclear, aviation and large civil projects (e.g. bridges and dams). To meet these engineering challenges and make rational decisions in the presence of uncertainty, this course will introduce students to methods and tools used by engineers to analysis risk and reliability.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Engineering Individual Project (EG59F9) - 60 Credit Points

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.

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Course Availability

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

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

Assessment Methods

Assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The online 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. Online learning students near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Why Study Global Subsea Engineering?

  • This exciting new partnership between the University of Aberdeen and Curtin University (Australia) enables you to develop and apply the technical expertise required for working in the Oil and Gas industry in an international context.
  • As part of the programme you will spend a semester studying at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. As a graduate of this programme you will receive a degree recognising study at both universities.
  • Aberdeen is recognised as the global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The geographic location of the two universities 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.
  • 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.

Alternative route

It is also possible to begin this programme with Curtin University, taking Semester 1 and the Project module in Perth and Semester 2 in Aberdeen. Learn more about the Curtin University route.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

  • 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.
  • Students with a 2:1 in Applied Mathematics or Physics may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Those with a 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 3+ years of relevant Oil & Gas Industry experience.
  • Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics, Stress Analysis, Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Fluids, Thermodynamics and Engineering Design.

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English 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

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

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

Fees and Funding

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

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,500
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year The fee quoted is for the Aberdeen route. Those interested in the Curtin route, should refer to http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/postgraduate/global-subsea-engineering. The tuition fee does not include the cost of travel to Curtin, or maintenance whilst there.
International Students £20,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year The fee quoted is for the Aberdeen route. Those interested in the Curtin route, should refer to http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/postgraduate/global-subsea-engineering. The tuition fee does not include the cost of travel to Curtin, or maintenance whilst there.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Analysis Engineer
  • Marine Contractor
  • Subsea Field Engineer
  • Subsea Installation Engineer

Our Experts

Director
Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
Programme Coordinator
Dr Peter Hicks

Information About Staff Changes

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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX