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Subsea Engineering (Campus and Online)

Course Description

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 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

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
• 5 months, 27 months or 30 months
• Part Time
• September or January

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees for campus delivery:

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.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme 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:

Living costs

Visit the Subsea Engineering (Campus and Online) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alan Ross

2137.jpg When considering further education, I was eager to study a technical degree at university. When researching potential universities, I found a lot of evidence that indicated the University of Aberdeen has a very good reputation from an engineering standpoint. Worldwide, there are endless engineering opportunities in numerous different industries. I viewed the University of Aberdeen as an ideal place to develop my technical skills as much as possible before eventually deciding on my engineering career.

I was born and raised in Aberdeen and I have been very fortunate to have several engineering education/professional opportunities right on my doorstep. Studying in my hometown has had a lot of advantages but there are a lot of experiences and opportunities to be gained by people from out with Aberdeen, who may be thinking about a potential move to the city for study at university. For a student, Aberdeen is a great place to live, work and study and importantly Aberdeen has endless career opportunities for new graduates.

Completing an MSc in Subsea Engineering allowed me to understand ways in which I could apply the engineering skills I had developed during my undergraduate studies. The degree content ideally blended tuition of technical engineering methods and standards with tuition of how such methods/standards are applied for numerous practical applications in a subsea environment.

During my postgraduate study, I was also very fortunate to get the chance to learn and work with many different people from many different countries. My subsea engineering class comprised engineers from countries all over the world such as Nigeria, Angola, Yemen, Malaysia and Ukraine to name a few. Working with fellow-students from so many different cultures was hugely enjoyable and I very much enjoyed making new colleagues and friends during my time at the University of Aberdeen. I feel this experience was very influential in terms of developing my networking skills, which has been hugely invaluable since starting work full-time as an engineer with Subsea 7.

All of these experiences during my year of post-graduate study provided the ideal platform for starting my career as a subsea engineer in the oil and gas industry.


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition


Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement is a UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering at a 2:1 (upper second) class or above. Applicants with slightly lower qualifications (e.g. a UK equivalent lower second class honours degree) may be considered if they can demonstrate they have 5, or more, years of professional experience judged by the University to be of direct relevance to the programme.[[English Language Requirements]]View Website

Last Updated

26 July 2017

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