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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Minimum 3 years, 9 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    2017-18 Full-time per entire course

    UK & EU students - £5,200
    International students - £16,300

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

This course is designed for Engineers with some relevant offshore oil and gas experience, and high-calibre graduates who wish to enhance their employability in the subsea industry.

The course has been developed and is supported by experienced oil and gas industry professionals and academics using current standards and fundamental engineering practices. It is designed to deliver graduates who can enhance their expertise and performance in the subsea engineering arena, today and in the future.

What you will study


In Stage 1, you will study topics such as Oceans and Operability, Wells, Facilities and Subsea Systems. On completion, you could exit this stage with a Pg Cert in Subsea Engineering.


In Stage 2 you will study; Subsea Pipeline & Riser Design, Subsea Systems Reliability & Risks, Subsea Control Systems and Materials & Corrosion. On completion you could exit this stage with Pg Dip Subsea Engineering.


Stage 3 is the final stage, where you will focus on the Individual Project Report. Successful completion will award the MSc Subsea Engineering.

Teaching and assessment


Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module. The curriculum is designed to develop your subject knowledge and understanding, intellectual and thinking ability and practical and key transferable skills at Master’s level.

  • Lectures: 23 hours per module
  • Project supervision: 600 hours
  • Independent study 127 hours per semester


You’ll work autonomously and take responsibility for your own learning and professional and academic development. The suggested hours-of-study-per-week and other information is detailed in each Module Descriptor. For ODL students, each topic is web-based and open-learning materials are available via CampusMoodle which forms a key platform for the student/tutor relationship.


Stage 1

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours each
  • 3 written assignments, including essays

Stage 2

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours each
  • 3 written assignments, including essays

Stage 3

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours each
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 group critique

Stage 4

  • 1 Dissertation
  • 1 Oral Assessment


We’ve been delivering industry-relevant courses for the energy industry for many years, and our teaching staff members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the curriculum. They are research-active and work on live industry projects.

Job prospects 

Graduates of this course find work in a wide-range of roles including Subsea Engineer and Subsea Project Manager. Employers include oil operation and production companies, especially large international oil companies, although some are smaller and less well-known, engineering consultancies and integrated service providers, which provide staff in varied disciplines.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Subsea Engineering (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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