This programme was designed and developed with senior engineers working in the offshore industry to transfer the very latest knowledge and skills to the next generation of structural engineers. The programme delivers professional online training for professional engineers working in the offshore oil and gas and renewables sector.

Delivered part-time via online learning only.

This programme is studied fully online.

The MSc Offshore Structural Engineering is designed for practising Structural Engineers. While a good honours degree is a pre-requisite, this MSc also requires you to have practical Structural Engineering experience, to provide the context for the taught material.

The entire programme of courses covers a range of relevant theoretical and practical subjects which have been selected to present you with the latest industry thinking and key engineering skills required for this crucial area of expertise.

Examples of the former include, Finite Element Methods and Structural Dynamics, whereas examples of the latter include a number of Conceptual Design modules, the design of steelwork connections and structures for offshore renewables.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

Year 1

  • Structural Dynamics (September start)
  • Design of Connections (September start)
  • Conceptual Design of Topside Modules (January start)
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (January start)

Year 2

  • Blast and Fire Resistant Structures (September start)
  • Brown Field Structural Engineering (September start)
  • Structures for Offshore Renewables (TBC) (January start)
  • Finite Element Methods (January start)

Year 3

  • Conceptual Design of Jackets and Subsea Structures (September start)
  • Design of Stiffened Plates (September start)
  • Re-Assessment of Existing Structures by Structural Reliability Analysis (January start)
  • Design of Jacket Attachments (January start)

Please contact for more information about this programme.

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

Assessment Methods

In each semester one module will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final exam. The other module will be assessed by coursework only.

Why Study Offshore Structural Engineering?

  • This programme is derived from the MSc Oil and Gas Structural Engineering which is fully accredited by the relevant industry institutions. This programme will be similarly submitted for accreditation.
  • To enable you to continue to work whilst you study, this programme is delivered by part-time, online learning.
  • The programme can be studied to full MSc degree level or can be taken as individual courses.
  • Half of the courses studied on the programme are taught by practising, experienced Structural Engineers. This demonstrates our commitment to ensure key skills are passed down to the next generation of Structural Engineers.
  • This is a hugely popular and competitive programme which demonstrates its relevance to, and key integration with the industry.
  • 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 oil and gas and wider energy 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 the University of 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 engineering programmes attract students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for the future of oil and gas exploration and production, and the engineering skills required to make it a continued success.
  • Our engineering graduates move into 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. Our School of Engineering truly is a global family network.
  • You will be taught by, and engage with a truly international team of engineering staff. Collectively they bring an incredible level of industrial experience and academic expertise from working on major projects around the world.

Entry Requirements


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

Minimum requirements for this programme are a 2:1 (upper second class) Honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, or equivalent, with ideally 1 or 2 years (depending on its nature) of relevant experience.

Flexibility may be shown to those with 2:2 (lower second class) Civil or Structural Engineering degrees who have significant professional experience. First Class Civil or Structural Engineering students with little experience may be considered after consideration of degree transcripts.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

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. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

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
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

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.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,185
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. Programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
Indicative Programme Fee £14,640
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per semester.

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.


Industry experience is essential to get the most from this programme. The programme is designed to enhance the existing skills of industry professionals in order to lead them on to the next step in their career and become future leaders.

Career Opportunities

  • Construction Engineer
  • Lead Construction Engineer
  • Lead Structural Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Paul Davidson

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

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