School of Engineering - University of Aberdeen

Subsea Engineering

School of Engineering - University of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen

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Typology Master
Location Aberdeen (Scotland)
Duration 12 Months
  • Master
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    12 Months

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.

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Aberdeen (Aberdeen City)
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Elphinstone Road, St. Mary'S Building, AB24 3UF


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· Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in Engineering at a 2:1 (upper second) class or above. International applicants are also required to provide proof of proficiency in English (6.5 in IELTS examination or 580 in TOEFL).

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Course programme


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.

Fulltime students complete 4 modules per half session.

  • Subsea Systems and Networks - To provide an overview of subsea development in an industry context, including details of the main subsea components and engineering design principles of subsea networks for all typical water depths, interfaces with other related activities, including drilling and completion, as well as business and legislative models that impinge on subsea systems design.
  • Flow Assurance - To review the processes and problems associated with the flow of hydrocarbon product through subsea systems, with a particular emphasis on fundamentals of system modelling and design.
  • Subsea Controls - Studying subsea control systems including: Subsea control systems, umbilicals and control lines, power management, subsea electrical submersible pumping (ESP) and compression, as well as pre-commissioning and condition monitoring.
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics - Fundamentals of pipeline system design, including hydrodynamic loading and interaction with seabed materials. This will include design for insulation pressure, stability and buckling, including installation techniques.
  • Risers and Moorings - Fundamentals of riser and mooring system design including hydrodynamic response, displacement and load and fatigue analysis.
  • Subsea Operations and Integrity - Focus on materials design, defects, corrosion and stress failures, together with design standards implications for testing and acceptance, reliability assessment, fault finding and problem solving.
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance - Attention towards subsea installation methodologies and planning, including vessel types, detailed load analysis, inspection and survey techniques design and installation planning.
  • Subsea Safety and Reliability Management - Considers natural and man-made hazards, measures of safety and reliability, accident and failure statistics, societal risks, technical versus human reliability, safety management systems, and risk assessment.
  • Individual Projects - Individual projects will be undertaken to deal with one of a range of subsea engineering problems


The modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. 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.

All students who satisfactorily complete the core modules will undertake an individual project after the final exams. Projects will normally be specified in collaboration with industrial partners, and overseas students may undertake their projects with sponsoring companies in their own countries.


12 months, full-time.

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