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Subsea Engineering

Course Description

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.

Full-Time or Part-Time (Distance) Study
The programme is available as both full-time and part-time (distance learning) study. Distance learning students make use of the University's online virtual learning environment (WebCT) to study via the internet. No attendance at the University is required making it a fully internationally available programme and one which can be studied alongside your career.

About the Programme
The programme seeks to best address the needs of the industry today in terms of subject areas of fundamental importance. The programme objectives are to provide students with:

Increased technical depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of the development and operation of subsea technologies and systems, from wellhead to topside structure interconnections.

Intellectual and practical skills so that they can apply sound engineering principles and analysis methods to the design and installation of subsea systems, and can use and adapt appropriate analysis tools and techniques, specialist design software and Standards for design improvements and performance optimisation.

The opportunity to further enhance their transferable and personal skills in self-study, communication, report writing, project and time management, and problem solving.

An awareness of the roles and challenges of a practising subsea engineer based on course contents which are tailored to the current and future needs of industry, and therefore provides students with the knowledge and understanding and skills necessary for technical leadership and managerial responsibility.

Students study the following:

Subsea Integrity
Project Management
Subsea Safety and Reliability Management
Subsea Controls
Subsea Construction, Inspection & Maintenance
Pipelines & Soil Mechanics
Riser Systems & Hydrodynamics
Flow Assurance
Individual Project

The modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The distance learning coursework is submitted to the course tutor through the web-site and marks and comments will be sent back, also via the web, on campus submission is either by email or in person at teaching sessions. Each module has a timetable which details when the coursework is due and when the exam is scheduled to take place. Arrangements can be made for examinations to be taken at a convenient place for you. Distance learning students near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.
Examinations are usually held towards the end of January and the end of May. Students sit the examination within their own timezone (e.g. 9am local time).

The courses are completely modular in structure and have been carefully developed to articulate to each other to provide a variety of levels of provision, suiting the needs of the participants. A choice of exit levels is provided to suit the needs of the participants thus leading to the award of a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification. Each level is a necessary requirement for entry to the next one. Full-time students complete 4 modules per half session while part-time students complete up to 2.

Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding

More Information
More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=subsea_engineering

Visit the Subsea Engineering 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. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements - View Website. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency.

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