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.

MSc Subsea Engineering is also available to study full time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
ISS or MSc
Duration
5 months, 27 months or 30 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

There are two study options for this programme: the full MSc and ISS (Individual Subject Study).

MSc: 12 courses in total taking a minimum of 27 months to complete, taking a maximum of 2 courses concurrently each semester. You can take fewer courses at a time as long as you complete your studies in 60 months.

ISS: 1 or 2 courses taken concurrently per semester with the option, but no commitment, to continue to further courses.

Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Each course below runs from September to December and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems (EG502T) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Control (EG50G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Integrity (EG50G8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Each course below runs from January to May and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (EG55G2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (EG55Q2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics (EG55G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 30 months Online Learning Part Time January
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (EG55G2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (EG55Q2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems (EG502T) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics (EG55G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Control (EG50G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Integrity (EG50G8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Engineering Individual Project (EG59E9) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Offshore Structures & Subsea Systems (EG502T) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (EG50T8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (EG55G2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (EG55Q2) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Control (EG50G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Integrity (EG50G8) - 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

View detailed information about this course

Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics (EG55G6) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Flow Assurance (EG55G8) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Engineering Individual Project (EG59G9) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Subsea Engineering Individual Project (EG59G9) - 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.

View detailed information about this course

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • 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. Online learning students who live near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Why Study Subsea Engineering?

  • Available completely online, allowing you to work while you study and fit learning around your schedule

  • Pay by module, giving you the freedom to balance your studies with other financial commitment.

  • Complete your full degree in 27 months or spread out over a longer period of time (up to six years).

  • Aberdeen is recognised as the global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operations.
  • The programme is fully accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Energy Institute, 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.
  • You will be part of a University that is a founding Member of the Global Subsea Universities Alliance.
  • While you will be studying online, our location at the heart of Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, and leading "World Energy City", brings you closer to the industry.
  • 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 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.

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.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

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

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

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

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £588
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
Home / EU / RUK Students £500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £1,600
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
International Students £1,500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
MSc 30 months Online Learning Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £588
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
Home / EU / RUK Students £500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £1,600
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
International Students £1,500
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2018/19 will be provided a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation course. This will be applied at the time students register for the project/dissertation.
MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2018/19 will be provided a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation course. This will be applied at the time students register for the project/dissertation.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist 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 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

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

  • Subsea UK
    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), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Energy Institute, ensuring that your teaching is recognised by relevant bodies and that you are getting the best possible experience.

This degree holds accreditation from

What our Alumni Say

  • Catherine Hammond
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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).

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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
College of Physical Sciences Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Fraser Noble Building
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 3UE