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Subsea engineering plays a vital role in the exploitation of oil and gas resources. The subsea engineering industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements. Read more

Subsea engineering plays a vital role in the exploitation of oil and gas resources. The subsea engineering industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements. The course is designed for you as an experienced or recently graduated engineer who wants to develop your subsea knowledge.

Your teaching modules operate in short 'intensive schools' with time after the module to complete the assignments, where applicable. They include:

-Input from industry experts

-Site visits

-Industry-based projects

-Teaching from other disciplines

Teaching consists of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and personal supervision covering a variety of topics in subsea engineering. The degree is taught using a mix of the academic staff from the School of Marine Science and Technology as well as visiting lecturers and experts from industry.

You will undertake a research project leading to a dissertation. This may be a critical review and/or computational or experimental project using the University's world leading testing facilities. The research project is supported by an academic supervisor and may be conducted with an industrial partner which, where appropriate, may be your employer.

Delivery

Ten taught modules worth 120 credits are delivered in blocks through semester one and/or two. A dissertation or research project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken across the three semesters.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. This means that you are automatically recognised as satisfying the educational requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.

IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

Our accreditations give you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers. It can also open the door to higher-level jobs, most of which require Chartered Engineer status.

Facilities

You have access to dedicated facilities including:

  • a student common room
  • a computer laboratory
  • the Henri Kummerman Marine Resource Centre

You also have access to a set of excellent testing facilities:



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The Naval Architecture MSc is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills in naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures, as applied to naval and merchant ships, so that students may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams. Read more

The Naval Architecture MSc is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills in naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures, as applied to naval and merchant ships, so that students may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.

About this degree

Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures, the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis, and work in multidisciplinary teams with marine engineers (from the sister Marine Engineering MSc) on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise. Research skills are honed through project work undertaken in the specialist fields of hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, structures and design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), a ship design exercise (45 credits) and a research project (45 credits).

Core modules

  • Ship Dynamics
  • Ship Structures (including subsea structures)
  • Ship Hydrodynamics

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students complete a ship design group exercise, and undertake an independent research project which explores an aspect of ship design or performance analysis in depth.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, seminars and coursework assignments, which include advanced computational analysis. Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations and assessed coursework (including the evaluation of technical reports, problem solving exercises, project reports, computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations).

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Naval Architecture MSc

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2012 student cohort, by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer. There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified naval architects and consequently the job prospects are very good.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Graduate Naval Architect, QinetiQ
  • Deputy Naval Architecture Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Engineer, American Bureau Of Shipping
  • Naval Engineer, Cotecmar

Employability

UCL Naval Architecture MSc students are highly employable. The programme is designed to embed higher learning through academic study, individual research and a multidisciplinary ship design exercise. It is delivered by leading researchers from across UCL in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. Students benefit from the close association with both the defence and commercial marine sectors with many lectures delivered by industry and, in some cases, world-leading experts. Networking is further enhanced during the design reviews and final VIP presentations where industry experts provide external challenge, advice and guidance to students while also taking the opportunity to talent-spot.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MSc has several unique features. Direction and a significant portion of the teaching is carried out by staff seconded from the UK Ministry of Defence with recent experience of leading ship design teams.

The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2012 student cohort, by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The large majority of students of this MSc continue directly to employment in the industry.



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Your programme of study. A crucial part of the oil and gas industry, energy and marine based industries, Subsea Engineering is an essential and highly trained area of work involving all discipline areas within Engineering. Read more

Your programme of study

A crucial part of the oil and gas industry, energy and marine based industries, Subsea Engineering is an essential and highly trained area of work involving all discipline areas within Engineering. University of Aberdeen has gained an industry reputation in the energy industry which is located in the City due to extensive research and collaboration since the industry grew in the 1970s. This level of research and work within industry who also advise on many of the vocational/academic programmes at the University ensures a level of rigour which will carry you as a professional right throughout your career.

You combine technical knowledge with understanding of systems, types of risks, challenges in very hard to reach areas, integrity, inspection, maintenance, controls, flow assurance, reliability and mechanics of various structures and facilities. The industry continuously changes as more technology comes on board to support integrity and reliability issues, but the basics remain the same in requiring solid engineering skills, knowledge, analysis and problem solving ability.

Careers in this area can include: Analysis Engineer, Marine Contractor, Subsea Field Engineer, Subsea Installation Engineer, and similar positions in the energy industry. There are also other industries which involve Subsea Engineering and knowledge. You gain plenty of accreditations of professional standing as follows:

  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Energy Institute

University of Aberdeen offers this programme on campus and online to allow some level of flexibility in studying from different locations. The University is highly regarded in the energy industry and offers programmes which are tailored to operations, facilities and professional management of the oil and gas industry. There are world renowned experts who teach on specific programmes at the University such as Energy Economics, MBA, Energy Law, Engineering, Geology and other subject areas such as strategic planning and risk management.

You can study both on campus or online.

Courses listed for the programme

Subsea Engineering (Campus)

Semester 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Semester 2

  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Semester 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Campus programme

Subsea Engineering (Online)

Year 1

  • Offshore Structural and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Year 2

  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance

Year 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Online programme

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is recognised as a Global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operations. The programme is fully accredited professionally and overseen by an Industry Advisory Board
  • You learn from the industry and the university in the 'World Energy City' of Aberdeen getting the chance to visit industry relevant events, networking opportunities and events on campus

Where you study

International Student Fees 2017/2018

  • Scotland/EU £5500
  • Other UK £5500
  • International £20 000

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out more about fees

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the latest opportunities page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and Living costs

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Our Technology in the Marine Environment MRes provides research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards in the topics covered by the marine technology research groups. Read more
Our Technology in the Marine Environment MRes provides research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards in the topics covered by the marine technology research groups.

The MRes breaks down into approximately 40% taught modules and 60% research in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Your research project will normally be in one of the areas addressed by the marine technology research groups:
-Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures
-Marine Design, Production and Operations
-Sustainable Maritime Engineering
-New Energy Infrastructure

Depending on your previous academic training and the requirements of the project, you may receive formal instruction through taught modules in important areas.

The substantial marine technology research community, including 50 research students, 140 MSc students, six-10 post-doctoral students, six technicians and 16 full-time academic staff, provides you with opportunities to progress your career, whether in industry or academia.

Our annual Postgraduate Research Conference provides you with an opportunity to share research experience and practise vital presentation skills.

We hold joint meetings of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). You are invited to join these meetings as they offer vital insight into the workings of professional bodies.

Our research students have been very successful at finding employment across a wide range of sectors. Professional institutes hold Newcastle research degrees in high regard when assessing work applications.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. This means that you are automatically recognised as satisfying the educational requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.

IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

Our accreditations give you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers. It can also open the door to higher-level jobs, most of which require Chartered Engineer status.

Placements

Leading industrial organisations in the Marine and Renewables sector sponsor many research projects. Other projects involve collaboration between Newcastle and other institutions.

Recent partnerships and collaborations include International Paint, Lloyds Register and BAE Systems.

Facilities

You have access to a wealth of excellent facilities within the School of Marine Science and Technology, including extensive laboratories such as the:
-Hydrodynamics laboratory
-Emerson Cavitation Tunnel
-Princess Royal, a versatile twin-hulled locally designed and built vessel supported by a dedicated shore station at Blyth Harbour

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Our Offshore Engineering MSc provides you with the specialist education necessary to enter the offshore engineering industry. You will specialise in the design, dynamic and strength analysis of fixed and floating offshore oil and gas platforms. Read more
Our Offshore Engineering MSc provides you with the specialist education necessary to enter the offshore engineering industry. You will specialise in the design, dynamic and strength analysis of fixed and floating offshore oil and gas platforms. You will also study subsea systems, including marine systems to produce renewable energy.

Teaching consists of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and personal supervision covering a variety of topics in offshore engineering. You also choose an individual dissertation project. This may be theoretical, experimental or the development of a simulation model of hydrodynamics and/or structural strength of offshore systems. Research strengths include:
-Hydrodynamics of deepwater offshore structures
-Pipeline and subsea systems
-Structural analysis of offshore structures
-Dynamics of mooring and marine riser systems

You will also benefit from participating in projects sponsored directly by industry partners whenever they are available.

Delivery

Seven taught modules worth 100 credits are delivered through semester one and/or two. A dissertation research project, worth 80 credits, is undertaken across the three semesters.

The course is also available with a preliminary year if you do not meet the entry criteria for the one-year MSc course.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. This means that you are automatically recognised as satisfying the educational requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.

IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

Our accreditations give you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers. It can also open the door to higher-level jobs, most of which require Chartered Engineer status.

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The MPhil programmes in Marine Sciences provide research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards. You can choose a wide range of topics within the marine science research groups of Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures (MHS) and Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering (SSME). Read more
The MPhil programmes in Marine Sciences provide research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards. You can choose a wide range of topics within the marine science research groups of Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures (MHS) and Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering (SSME).

Your research project will be in one of the areas addressed by the marine technology research groups:
-Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures (MHS)
-Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering (SSME)

Depending on your previous academic training and the requirements of the project, you may receive formal instruction through taught modules in important areas.

The substantial marine technology research community including 50 research students, 140 MSc students, six to 10 post-doctoral students, six technicians and 16 full-time academic staff provides you with opportunities to progress your career, whether in industry or academia.

Our annual Postgraduate Research Conference provides you with an opportunity to share research experience and practise vital presentation skills. We also instigated the UK Marine Technology Postgraduate Conference which involves research student presentations from leading UK universities involved in Marine Technology research. These universities take turns to host the conference which is sponsored by Lloyds Register, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Delivery

This research degree operates through the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PGRDP). This is part of the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School.

Your original research project is managed in the marine technology research groups. There is flexibility in how your research outputs are achieved. Supervisory inputs and collaborations with other Schools and Faculties are common.

Aside from the PGRDP, the programme of work suits you and your project requirements. You will achieve a certain number of credits through the PGRDP and School in your first two years. You will also:
-Write a thesis for viva voce examination
-Attend regional and international conferences in your chosen subject area
-Prepare papers for publication in academic journals

Work experience

Leading industrial organisations in the Marine and Renewables sector sponsor many research projects. Other projects involve collaboration between Newcastle and other institutions. The marine technology research groups form part of extensive national and international networks.

Recent partnerships and collaborations include:
-International Paint
-Lloyds Register
-BAE Systems

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Your programme of study. The programme is delivered on. campus. full time. and online. part time to give you flexible study options. Read more

Your programme of study

The programme is delivered on campus full time and online part time to give you flexible study options. If you want to join the growing companies operating in the subsea industry in Aberdeen or internationally or set up your own company this programme will provide you with a high level of technical training

The Master of Science in Subsea Engineering seeks to prepare highly-trained, highly-qualified, business-aware graduates that can make an immediate impact in their chosen career, and who can address the need for key skills in the subsea industry. Subsea Engineering at the University of Aberdeen has 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.

Aberdeen is the heart of the European oil and gas industry, an international hub for companies engaged in Subsea Engineering. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop business links alongside of learning and developing international skills within the flexible, modular programme.

Courses listed for the Campus programme

Semester 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Semester 2

  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Semester 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Courses for the Online Programme

Year 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analytics

Year 2

  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance

Year 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Online delivery

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is a recognised hub and centre of excellence in Subsea, as Europe's energy capital and 'World Energy City'
  • The programme is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (MarEST) and Institution of Mechnical Engineers (IMechE). the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), The
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • We are able to draw upon knowledge and industry experience within the subsea sector on our doorstep to challenge you
  • The programme is very employable with graduates moving to CEO level

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • September start

There is also an online delivery of this programme

  • Online
  • 5 Months 27, 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September and January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees for campus delivery:

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out about online fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen for Campus Study

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Online delivery

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Why this course?. This programme is designed for graduate engineers in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and other related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects of ship and offshore technologies. Read more

Why this course?

This programme is designed for graduate engineers in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and other related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects of ship and offshore technologies.

This two-year course is offered jointly with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Germany. Year 1 is completed at Strathclyde and Year 2 in Hamburg. The award is made in the name of both universities.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities at the University of Strathclyde including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

TUHH is one of Germany’s newest and most successful universities.

Teaching staff

You’re taught by dedicated staff with diverse expertise and research activities.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Learning & teaching

You’ll study at the University of Strathclyde in Year 1.

You'll study at Hamburg University in Year 2.

You can choose the moving date which may depend on your research project. This can be supervised in conjunction with a TUHH professor.

Lectures in Hamburg are held in English. You’ll attend lectures between October and February and then complete exams between February and March.

Following March, you’ll complete your dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is through written examinations, coursework assignments and an individual project thesis. There are teamwork exercises assessed on a continuous basis.

Careers

There are opportunities for you to work in:

  • Oil & gas companies
  • Shipbuilding companies
  • Classification societies
  • Firms specialising in riser & mooring analysis
  • Marine consultancies


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Why this course?. As oil is required to be extracted in deeper and rougher seas, new demands continue to be imposed on design development as well as new installation and inspection techniques. Read more

Why this course?

As oil is required to be extracted in deeper and rougher seas, new demands continue to be imposed on design development as well as new installation and inspection techniques.

This course is for graduates in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and related disciplines who want to gain advanced knowledge of subsea systems, designs and installation. This includes systems and equipment such as:

  • pipelines
  • wellheads
  • drilling rigs
  • riser & mooring systems

You’ll study

Your course will be made up of three components:

  • Instructional modules
  • Group project
  • Individual project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills. It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It will give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This will be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Guest lectures

During term time, we arrange weekly seminars in which leaders and pioneers of the maritime, oil and gas and marine renewables industries visit the department and present to students. This is a great way of supplementing your education with the latest developments and gaining industry contacts for your future career.

Industrial visits are also made to a variety of companies.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30 to 40% course work and 60 to 70% examination.

Careers

Offshore hydrocarbon activities are moving into area of water depths exceeding 2000m. Subsea drilling, production and control systems are becoming much more important. Therefore, subsea engineers are in great demand world-wide.

Job titles include:*

  • Drilling Fuel specialist
  • I-Drill Engineer
  • Junior Riser Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Well Engineer
  • Project Engineer

Employers include:*

  • 2H Offshore
  • Aker Solutions
  • BP
  • ENI Saipem
  • Subsea7
  • Talisman Energy
  • Technip
  • Schlumberger

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).



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Do you want to forge your future in the marine industry? Develop an advanced understanding of both marine engineering and naval architecture on a course that will equip you with a refined knowledge of nautical design and mechanics. Read more
Do you want to forge your future in the marine industry? Develop an advanced understanding of both marine engineering and naval architecture on a course that will equip you with a refined knowledge of nautical design and mechanics. Our accreditation means you’ll be ready to apply for Chartered Engineer status upon graduation, primed for a variety of careers in the marine industry.

You will lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. You’ll distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Key features

-Progress to Chartered Engineer status - upon graduation you’ll have fulfilled the education requirements.
-Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. The course fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
-Increase your opportunities with a solid base in mechanical engineering and an emphasis on design, opening up a variety of possible careers.
-Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. Gain the confidence, real-world know-how and vital industry experience employers are looking for.
-Work with the latest industry-standard software, in our high specification laboratories. Both will help you develop a strong understanding of fundamental principles, while honing your skills at the same time.
-Access the support you need. The Women in Technology Network (WiTNet) is a support network for all female students in technology and science subjects where women are in a minority.

Course details

Year 1
Year 1 shares modules with the MEng courses in mechanical engineering. You’ll study design, a central theme of the course, introduced through case-study and problem-based learning, materials, mechanics, thermo-fluids, electrical principles, business and mathematics. You’ll also gain practical experience through a hands-on module in manufacturing methods.

Core modules
-THER104 Introduction to Thermal Principles
-MECH119 Skills for Design and Engineering (Marine)
-BPIE115 Stage 1 Mechanical Placement Preparation
-MECH117 Mechanics
-MECH118 Basic Electrical Principles
-A5MFT1 Mech BEng 1 MFT Session
-MATH187 Engineering Mathematics
-MATS122 Manufacturing and Materials
-MECH121PP Team Engineering (Engineering Design in Action)

Year 2
In your second year you’ll study structures, fluids and thermodynamics, control, mathematics and business. You’ll learn about the stability and propulsion of marine craft, and about the marine environment. You’ll advance your existing design skills through application within a marine context.

Core modules
-BPIE215 Stage 2 Mechanical Placement Preparation
-CONT221 Engineering Mathematics and Control
-HYFM230 Fluid Mechanics 1
-STRC203 Engineering Structures
-MECH232 Engineering Design
-THER207 Applied Thermodynamics
-STO208 Business for Engineers
-MARN203 Stability and Hydrodynamics

Optional placement year
Taking an optional placement year will provide you with valuable, paid, professional experience. A placement could lead to a company sponsoring your final year project and provide opportunities for your future employment. We’ll support you in finding a suitable position.

Core modules
-BPIE335 Mechanical Engineering Related Placement

Year 3
During this year you’ll use industry typical software and use design and computational methods to further develop your design skills. You’ll specialise in your chosen discipline of naval architecture, marine engineering and marine systems. Finally, you’ll carry out an in-depth investigation into a specialist topic of personal interest as part of your individual honours project.

Core modules
-HYFM322 Computational Fluid Dynamics
-MARN338 Naval Architecture
-MARN340 Marine Systems Engineering
-PRME307 Honours Project
-MECH340 Engineering Design
-MARN306 Marine Engineering

Final year
Your final year refines the skills you have developed over the course of your studies, and includes additional technical modules. Finally, you'll work on an interdisciplinary project, drawing on your design and engineering abilities.

Core modules
-MECH532 Applied Computer Aided Engineering
-MECH533 Robotics and Control
-MECH534 Product Development and Evaluation
-MAR528 Mechanics of MRE Structures
-PRCE513 Interdisciplinary Design
-MECH544 Data Processing, Simulation and Optimisation of Engineering Systems

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This new MSc programme will educate future Engineers specialising in civil engineering fluid mechanics. The offshore, coastal and built environments represent a unique combination of areas, providing students with a well-rounded and broad knowledge of civil engineering fluid mechanics. Read more
This new MSc programme will educate future Engineers specialising in civil engineering fluid mechanics.

The offshore, coastal and built environments represent a unique combination of areas, providing students with a well-rounded and broad knowledge of civil engineering fluid mechanics.

The students will have access to the world-class Hydrodynamics Laboratory at Imperial College London to perform and observe experimental investigations. This will allow students to cement principles taught during lectures, as well as inspiring the future crop of Engineers in Fluid Mechanics.

In addition, there is a strong design component to the programme in the shape of four projects to emphasise application and industry relevance.

Furthermore, students will also have the opportunity to undertake research with academics within the top-rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from recent research assessment exercises.

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Your programme of study

Have you ever wanted to invent something mechanical, prevent environmental damage to a building from floods, fire, explosions, landslides and other natural disasters, understand risks and reliability across buildings, renewables, and other areas? Do you want to improve quality of life across environmental remediation, farming, smart grid, green technology, food production, housing, transportation, safety, security, healthcare and water? Do you find it fascinating to try to make things work from what you have available? There will be plenty of major challenges to get involved with in the coming years crossing over into Nano technologies, advanced materials, electronic printing, grapheme technologies, wearable's, 3d printing, renewables and recycling and biotechnologies. Technology now means that you can design and engineer from anywhere in the world, including your home. Advanced Mechanical Engineering looks at computational mechanics, response to materials and reliability engineering. The Victorians set up some of the most advanced mechanical engineering of our times and in many ways they were the biggest mechanical engineering innovators ever.

This programme specialises in mechanical engineering so you are becoming proficient in designing anything that has background moving parts to allow it to work such as engines, motor driven devices and the effects of nature on mechanical objects and their ability to perform. You also look at how material composition can alter performance issues and provide new innovative methods to solve challenges in every day life and natural and other risks to machinery in all situations.  Your employment options are very varied, you may want to work within consumer goods to design and improve everyday objects like white goods, or you may like to be involved in very large scale hydro electric and power driving machinery in energy , manufacturing or large scale developments, or you may decide to get involved in innovation and enterprise yourself.

Courses listed for the programme

SEMESTER 1

  • Compulsory Courses
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Simulation of Waves
  • Advanced Composite Materials

Optional Courses

  • Fire and Explosion Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics

SEMESTER 2

  • Compulsory Courses
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Mathematical Optimisation
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Optional Courses

  • Project Management
  • Risers Systems Hydrodynamics
  • Renewable Energy 3 (Wind, Marine and Hydro

SEMESTER 3

  • Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Your skills and knowledge can have huge application potential within newly disruptive industries affecting life and work
  • You can improve employability in Aerospace, Marine, Defences, Transport Systems and Vehicles
  • Some of the knowledge you build directly relates to industries in Aberdeen such as the energy industry.
  • Mechanical Engineering cuts into high growth Industry 4.0 and IOT related areas across many areas disrupted by climate, population growth, and quality of life
  • We ensure close links with industries to attend industry events, visits and teaching by professionals from the industry
  • Graduates are very successful and many work in senior industry roles

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you. Wide variety of research interests. The Institute of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Read more
Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests
The Institute of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in river science, glacial geomorphology, environmental geology, GIS and remote sensing.

Excellent supervision
Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.

Resources
Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Physical Geography team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; field equipment including a Teledyne StreamPro Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), a 2D Flow Tracker, six Valeport Electromagnetic current meters, three portable YSI multi-parameter water quality probes, an ISCO automatic liquid sampler, Solinst water level and water temperature data loggers, Tinytag water temperature data loggers and tipping bucket logging rain gauges. Two hydrological monitoring sites on local streams (Leigh Brook and Bow Brook) continuously monitor water level and various water quality parameters (pH, temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, turbidity) with data logged every 15 minutes and accessible online via telemetry in real-time. Each site also has an ISCO automatic liquid sampler The field equipment and hydrological monitoring sites are managed and maintained by a specialist Physical Geography technician and field equipment can booked out through him.

Survey equipment includes a Draganflyer X6 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with three staff licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority to fly it in the UK, mapping and survey grade GPS, a Leica Terrestrial Laser Scanner, total stations, quickset levels and laser distance measurers.

The Institute of Science and the Environment has a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard GIS (ArcGIS) and statistical analysis software (e.g. Primer-E, Matlab, SPSS) and other mapping and remote sensing software (e.g. ENVI and Photoscan Pro (Agisoft LLC)). This facility is run by GIS technicians, who provide advice and training to students and the suite also has its own A3 colour laser printer and A3 scanner for staff and student use. The Institute also has digital camcorders, cameras and microphones which students can use for data capture. A further six science and geography technicians offer support with field and laboratory based work.

Recent successful projects have included Dr Caroline Wallis who evaluated the Spatial Configuration and Temporal Dynamics of Hydraulic Patches in Three UK Lowland Rivers (2014), Dr Martin Wilkes who examined The Hydrodynamics of River Ecosystems: Towards an Objective and Ecologically Relevant Classification of Mesohabitat (2014), and Dr Amy Woodget who quantified Physical River Habitat Parameters Using Hyperspatial Resolution UAS Imagery and SfM-photogrammetry (2015). Some of our current research students are exploring The influence of physical habitat heterogeneity on macroinvertebrate community response to fine sediment deposition in river ecosystems (George Bunting).

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Why this course?. Marine Technology is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme. The course is designed for experienced or newly qualified engineers in. Read more

Why this course?

Marine Technology is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme.

The course is designed for experienced or newly qualified engineers in:

  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering or related disciplines

This flexible programme combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. The programme has been developed with direct industrial involvement to provide you with a solid understanding of modern, sustainable engineering. As well as gaining an understanding of how sustainable engineering applies to Marine Technology, this programme will also provide you with key transferable skills to aid your employability.

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME), a leading institution in Scotland, offers excellent teaching and research facilities in naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, which expands your career opportunities in naval architecture, marine, offshore oil and gas industry.

You’ll study

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

You must take three specialist modules if you are studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you are studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Group project

You’ll work with a group of students from different pathways of the Sustainable Engineering programme. You’ll produce sustainable solutions to real-life industry problems. This project will include site visits, field trips and progress reports to industry partners.

Successful completion of eight modules and the group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Individual project

MSc students will study a selected topic in depth and submit a thesis.

Successful completion of eight modules, the group project and an individual project leads to the award of an MSc.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

Student competitions

NAOME supports and promotes students in various competitions and awards, from cash bursaries for top performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years students from NAOME have been triumphant in the following high profile competitions:

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET Awards)
  • Best Maritime Technology Student (SET Awards)
  • Double winner of BP’s Ultimate Field Trip Competition
  • Strathclyder of the Year

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Each year about 15 experts from the industry give talks and seminars on wide-ranging topics. Industrial visits are made to a variety of companies.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30-40% course work and 60-70% examination.

Careers

As a graduate you’re prepared for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the marine and related industries. These include:

  • design and construction of all types of marine vehicles
  • project management
  • systems design
  • safety management
  • support services
  • classification societies
  • consultancy services.


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Why this course?. This course is designed to give graduate engineers and well-qualified sea-going personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for technical ship management. . Read more

Why this course?

This course is designed to give graduate engineers and well-qualified sea-going personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for technical ship management. 

90% of world trade is carried by sea. You'll gain an understanding of the subjects essential for effective and efficient management of ships and fleets. This course allows you to develop multidisciplinary interests and skills by working with other areas of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering.

As a graduate you could expect to work in the industry as a technical ship superintendent or manager.

You’ll study

Your course will be made up of three components:

  • Instructional Modules
  • Group Project
  • Individual Project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills. It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It will give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This will be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

All of our degree programmes are and to be (2014) professionally by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Student competitions

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) supports and promotes students in various competitions and awards, from cash bursaries for top performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years students from NAOME have been triumphant in the following high profile competitions:

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET Awards)
  • Best Maritime Technology Student (SET Awards)
  • Double winner of BP’s Ultimate Field Trip Competition
  • Strathclyder of the Year

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Guest lectures

During term time, we arrange weekly seminars in which leaders and pioneers of the maritime, oil and gas and marine renewables industries visit the department and present to students. This is a great way of supplementing your education with the latest developments and gaining industry contacts for your future career.

Industrial visits are also made to a variety of companies.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30-40% course work and 60-70% examination.

Careers

Glasgow is one of the largest centres of ship management industry in the world. There's demand for well-qualified ship superintendents of various levels of practical experience.

As a graduate you’ll be able to make a valuable contribution to the shipping industry.



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