The Offshore Engineering MSc programme is aimed at practising engineers and recent graduates seeking to work in a wide variety of roles in the offshore engineering sector.

Can be studied by on campus or online learning modes.

The programme draws upon the School of Engineering's strengths in both subsea engineering and renewable energy engineering, to investigate modern applications of offshore engineering including marine renewables, alongside Aberdeen's traditional strengths in subsea oil and gas. The programme is designed to be accessible to a applicants from a wide range of engineering disciplines, including electrical and electronic engineers interested in a career in subsea controls.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning or Online Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 27 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month

Study Options

The programme is made up of the following courses:

Semester 1 Full Time / Year 1 Online

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems (15 Credits)
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance (15 Credits)
  • Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (15 Credits)

Plus one of:

  • Subsea Controls (15 Credits)
  • Subsea Integrity (15 Credits)

Semester 2 Full Time / Year 2 Online

  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis (15 Credits)
  • Marine and Wind Energy (15 Credits)
  • Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (15 Credits)

Plus one of:

  • Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (15 Credits)
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics (15 Credits)


  • Individual Project in Offshore Engineering (60 Credits)
MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

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MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September

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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
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Why Study Offshore Engineering?

  • Includes courses on marine renewables and marine environment impact assessments, alongside industry-focused courses on subsea construction which have applications in the wider field of marine energy.
  • Allows stdents to gain a broad understanding of offshore energy production, from both the renewable and oil and gas sectors.
  • Available to students from Electrical and Electronic Engineering backgrounds as well as Mechanical, Petroleum and Civil engineers.
  • The University has strong links with local industry, including a large number of offshore energy companies.
  • The programme illustrates how technology and expertise associated with subsea oil and gas production and infrastructure installation can be repurposed for the marine renewables industry.

Entry Requirements


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 industry experience.

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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.

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.

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,150
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Students starting in 2018/19 will be offered a 50% discount towards the cost of the project/dissertation, which will be applied at the time of registering for the course.
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £5,500
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £20,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

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.


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Our Experts

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

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