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Develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the issues facing subsea engineers working with the flow of fluids through pipelines and other structures.

A core part of our Masters in Subsea Engineering, this course gives you a thorough grounding in fundamental fluid engineering, with a particular emphasis on system modelling and design.

Enjoy expert teaching, invited lectures from experienced engineers, and direct industry input. Ensure you’re up to speed with new technologies and train in state-of-the-art flow assurance software.

Advance your career as a graduate engineer with a university at the heart of the UK energy sector. Access our expertise and support wherever you’re based, with part-time hours to fit around your existing commitments.

What will I study?

Transport of oil and gas through pipelines poses many challenges for the engineer. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals of:

  • fluid mechanics
  • heat transfer
  • phase changes
  • deposition and/or obstruction
  • erosion.

You’ll study the processes and problems associated with the flow of hydrocarbon product through subsea systems, with a particular emphasis on the fundamentals of system modelling and design.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills in single and multiphase fluid flow, thermodynamics and phase behaviour, including the effects of temperature and pressure, and heat transfer by conduction and natural or forced convection.

Topics you’ll cover include:

  • chemical properties of the principal hydrocarbon fluids
  • methods to assess the phase diagram and thermophysical properties of fluids transported along pipelines
  • techniques to model single-phase and multiphase flow and resulting design implications
  • causes and effects of waxing, hydrate build-up, asphaltenes, scale and other chemical obstacles to fluid flow through pipelines
  • techniques to assess erosion and maintain pipelines free of obstructions
  • mathematical techniques to model flow dynamics
  • mathematical techniques for the thermal modelling of pipelines
  • future design trends.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Have a non-specialist understanding of the basics of the chemical properties of the principal hydrocarbon fluids.
  • Understand the techniques to model flow and to consider design implications.
  • Know the causes and effects of waxing, hydrate build up, and other chemical obstacles to fluid flow through pipelines.
  • Learn techniques to maintain pipelines that are free from obstructions.
  • Be able to use mathematical techniques to model flow dynamics and the thermal modelling of pipelines.
  • Understand the design criteria for subsea pumps and separation systems and how these differ in deeper water.
  • Possess the expertise needed to contribute to detailed component design for subsea field systems and networks.
  • Be aware of future design trends.

How will I study?

This Flow Assurance course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures and tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues, tutors and professional subsea engineers.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from academic and industry experts, with invited lectures from highly experienced subsea engineers working in oil and gas today.

Industry input

You’ll benefit from direct input from an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews course content to ensure you’re gaining the latest industry knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until January 2022 at the earliest.

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our:

Masters in Subsea Engineering

  • Accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Energy Institute.
  • Prepares you to make an immediate impact in your chosen career in the subsea industry.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:

Careers

This course will help develop your career as a graduate engineer already working in, or with ambitions to work in, the subsea engineering sector.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

Applicants for this course are expected to hold a relevant degree. However, alternative/lower qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience, may also be considered for entry.

For this course, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and get back to you. Read How to apply through our Applicant Portal for all you need to know.

You need to apply by the course start date to ensure you are enrolled in time.

Apply for this course

Start date
25 January 2021
Cost
£925