ISS Oil and Gas Structural Engineering 1 Year Distance Learning Part Time September
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Developed jointly with industry to effectively transfer the knowledge and skills from senior experts in industry and the University to the next generation of structural engineers. Professional training for professional engineers.
Delivered part-time via distance learning only.
Aimed at 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.
To enable you to remain in your employment the MSc is only available as a Part-Time programme and is taught entirely by distance learning. Class interaction with each other, and with the tutor, is via module-specific online discussion boards and email. To sustain a good teaching experience and ensure good access to, and feedback from, the industry-based tutors especially, places on the programme are limited.
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 and the design of steelwork connections.
The information below applies to the 3 year part time distance learning MSc programme which runs in September. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.
The purpose of this course is to explain the behaviour of steelwork connections and how this is translated into a wide range of design tools.
The fundamental concept is one of force paths, and how this applies to a wide range of different types of connections is the key feature of this course.
The course is assessed by three coursework assignments. Although the first two are standard designs, the third assignment is for a very non-standard detail which requires fundamental thinking about connection behaviour, and about the practical constraints that need to be accommodated.
Need for understanding structural dynamics in modern offshore engineering and beyond arises from the fact that structures are often subjected to dynamic loads such as waves, wind, earthquake, blast and impacts. The structural engineer must therefore be able to understand and quantify dynamic loads and their effects in design and analysis. This course explains structural dynamics starting from the underlying first principles, through more advanced concepts and methods (including analytical and numerical), to practical applications to offshore structures. Theoretical concepts are illustrated by worked examples and numerous tutorial problems and assignments will enable students to gain confidence in their use.
This course is for students studying for MSc Oil & Gas Structural Engineering.
This course deals with fatigue and fracture mechanics and its application to structural design and assessment. It encompasses theoretical background, but the emphasis will be on practical application.
This course is delivered by Distance Learning, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in 4 blocks at 3 week intervals. The course tutor will have scheduled times of delivery on the on-line forum.
Offshore oil and gas structural Engineering course covering the conceptual design of topsides modules. Emphasis is placed on the variety of loading conditions, such as in-place analysis, load out, lift, and installation. Course covers manual calculations and drafting and offers worked examples. Requires structural engineering background (e.g. truss analysis, member design) and the use of code checks.
The course introduces concepts involved in offshore brownfield structural engineering, including case studies and design examples for small, medium and large projects, as well as an overview of lifting guidance, structural integrity management and offshore survey information.
Emphasis will be placed on good detailing and clarity of presentation of design calculations.
This course is delivered by Distance Learning only for students studying for the MSc Oil & Gas Structural Engineering. Students will access the teaching content via MyAberdeen and the course tutor will answer queries and provide guidance through an on-line forum.
In the oil and gas industry, Petrochemical Engineering is the term used for onshore-based facilities, as opposed to offshore developments. Students following this course will therefore develop skills in the design of petrochemical structures, including their foundations.
Concepts involved in the design of petrochemical structures are introduced, alongside a range of design specifications, case studies and worked examples. In addition to gaining practice in structural steelwork design, the novelty of this course is the inclusion of basic foundation design. Emphasis is placed on good detailing and clarity of presentation of design calculations.
The background to the finite element method and its use in the Oil and Gas Industry is explained in this course. As well as the modelling of linear static and dynamic problems, the modelling of material and geometric non-linearity is an important aspect of the course. Coursework assignments will be based on the student edition of ABAQUS which is supplied with the Course Textbook which students are required to purchase.
Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on structures. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to design structural components to operate effectively in fire and blast loading scenarios in order to promote safety. Fundamental principles and concepts are covered to provide the essential physical understanding of a structure’s behaviour at high temperatures or under dynamic loading. Simple models are used to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Industrial standards and design guidelines are explained.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the issues to be considered when conceiving the design of offshore jacket structures. Key concepts covered include strength and fatigue design, environmental loading, foundation design and fabrication and installation
This course is delivered by Distance Learning, where the students will access the teaching content via the web. The course tutor will be contactable on the on-line forum, as well as via email.
This course provides an introduction to the behaviour of the thin-walled stiffened plate structures that are found in the Oil and Gas Industry. The small deflection and large deflection theories (including elasto-plastic effects) are presented for a wide range of in-plane and out-of-plane load actions. A key feature is to explain how these behaviours are represented in Design Codes of Practice.
The need for structural reliability analysis in modern offshore engineering arises from the imperative to control and manage risk of failure. However, to be able to do so it is first necessary to measure and quantify the risk. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to structural reliability starting from the underlying principles of statistics and probability, through structural reliability concepts and methods, to practical applications to complex offshore structural systems. The theoretical concepts are amply illustrated by worked examples and numerous tutorial problems and assignments will enable students to gain confidence in their use.
This course is designed for students to develop skills in the Structural Engineering of Jacket Attachments, with the key emphasis on structural clamps.
The course introduces the concepts involved in the design of Jacket Attachments, mainly structural clamps. It offers a range of design specifications, case studies and worked examples. Emphasis is placed on good detailing and clarity of presentation of design calculations. Design guidance is drawn from a wide range of bespoke industry practice, and serves to represent the range of approaches to the complex design of structural clamps.
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.
The MSc is made up of twelve taught modules, which are normally taken two at a time, over three years (although it is possible to take up to 6 years, if interruptions from study or a slower pace are required). Class interaction with each other, and with the tutor, is via module-specific online discussion boards and email. Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.
The internet delivery is a staged release of teaching materials and coursework assignments with online quizzes after each teaching block. Teaching blocks are normally two or three weeks apart. Half of the modules will also have an end of module Examination - in December or May/June - which can either be at Aberdeen or at an agreed Higher Education establishment/British Council office convenient for the student's own location anywhere in the world.
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
Fee is charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
|Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year||£1,220|
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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.
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.
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.
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.