Introduction

Aimed at both practising engineers and recent graduates, this programme is designed to equip students with the skills needed to work in a wide variety of roles in the offshore engineering sector, including oil and gas and renewables.

Can be studied by on campus or online learning modes.

The MSc Offshore Engineering 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 and subsea oil and gas.

The programme is designed to be accessible to applicants from a wide range of engineering disciplines such as civil, petroleum or mechanical engineering, but also electrical and electronic engineers interested in a career in subsea controls.

A unique strength of the MSc Offshore Engineering programme at Aberdeen is the inclusion of courses on marine renewables and marine environment impact assessments, alongside courses on subsea construction, which gives our graduates greater opportunities across the wider field of marine energy. In particular, this aspect of the programme appeals to engineers working within the subsea oil and gas industry, who are looking to diversify towards offshore renewable energy.

Scotland is leading the way in tidal stream and wave energy projects. The Scottish government has a target 100% of gross electricity consumption to come from renewables by 2020, of which offshore wind is expected to make the greatest contribution (Source). The established engineering expertise and offshore experience based in the northeast of Scotland means that Aberdeen has emerged as a hub for offshore renewable engineering in recent years.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

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

Study Options

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.

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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

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Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (EG504B) - 15 Credit Points

This course begins with basic concepts in electrical engineering such as voltage, current, circuit elements, waveforms, frequency, complex notation and phasor diagrams. This is followed by study of vital equipments such as transformers, generators, and power converters. As a case study, application of this knowledge to wind farms, from turbines to grid connection will be considered.

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Optional 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.

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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

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Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

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.

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Hydro, Marine and Wind Energy (EG55M6) - 15 Credit Points

The course studies the physical principles, technologies and systems, and effects on the environment associated with renewable energy generation from wind, marine and hydro sources. The course provides understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demands.

The laboratory exercise is designed to reinforce many of the concepts covered in lectures. This includes experiments on the performance characteristics of a turbine.

View detailed information about this course

Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (ZO5514) - 15 Credit Points

In recent decades, concern about environmental damage in different parts of the world has led to public pressure on governments to regulate ‘developers’ and others so as to minimise adverse environmental effects, while allowing economic activities to continue. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been developed as a critical component of the approach to achieving sustainable development. It originated in the USA and has since been incorporated into the EU/UK legislative frameworks. It is therefore important to understand the nature of the EIA process and to be able to select, and use, suitable techniques.

View detailed information about this course

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

Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (EG55M5) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced methods of connecting renewable energy to the grid are presented in this course. Two approaches are considered: direct connection to the grid and integration to the grid through power electronic converters. Fundamental engineering principles necessary for the design of both approaches are discussed. Case studies are used to enhance student knowledge and understanding.

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Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Offshore Engineering (EG5919) - 60 Credit Points

The dissertation is an independent piece of work on an offshore engineering topic. The students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting the offshore industry, and demonstrate how the design, operational fundamentals and skills they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice to provide solutions towards addressing the problem. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth knowledge and application of concepts acquired throughout the MSc programme.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September
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.

View detailed information about this course

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

View detailed information about this course

Electrical Systems for Renewable Energy (EG501H) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to develop a broad understanding about the basic concepts in electrical engineering and power systems with emphasis on electrical systems used in conjunction with renewable power generation techniques.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

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.

View detailed information about this course

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

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

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.

View detailed information about this course

Hydro, Marine, and Wind Energy (EG55M2) - 15 Credit Points

The course studies the physical principles, technologies and systems, and effects on the environment associated with renewable energy generation from wind, marine and hydro sources. The course provides understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demands.

The laboratory exercise is designed to reinforce many of the concepts covered in lectures. This includes experiments on the performance characteristics of a turbine.

View detailed information about this course

Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (ZO5516) - 15 Credit Points

In recent decades, concern about environmental damage in different parts of the world has led to public pressure on governments to regulate ‘developers’ and others so as to minimise adverse environmental effects, while allowing economic activities to continue. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been developed as a critical component of the approach to achieving sustainable development. It originated in the USA and has since been incorporated into the EU/UK legislative frameworks. It is therefore important to understand the nature of the EIA process and to be able to select, and use, suitable techniques.

View detailed information about this course

Optional 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.

View detailed information about this course

Renewable Energy Integration to Grid (EG551K) - 15 Credit Points

This course is to gain an understanding of advanced technologies applied for integration of Electrical Energy generated from non-conventional Renewable Energy sources to the grid.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Offshore Engineering (EG5918) - 60 Credit Points

The dissertation is an independent piece of work on an offshore engineering topic. The students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting the offshore industry, and demonstrate how the design, operational fundamentals and skills they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice to provide solutions towards addressing the problem. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth knowledge and application of concepts acquired throughout the MSc programme.

View detailed information about this course

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 students 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

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 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

TOEFL iBT:

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.

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.

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.

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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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.

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