Develop specialist subsea engineering skills with our online Flow Assurance course.

Study the issues we face as engineers working with the flow of fluids through pipelines and other structures.

Join this flexible online engineering course that fits around full-time work, and:

  • gain 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.

Wherever you’re based, you’ll learn with a university at the heart of the European energy sector. And you’ll have access to our expertise and support with no need for a study visa.

Who is this online Flow Assurance course for?

This distance-learning course is aimed at graduate engineers looking to advance their careers in the energy sector.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these MSc qualifications.

What you’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

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

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

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

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.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

Build your learning

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

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


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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, we’d expect you to hold a relevant degree.

However, your application will also be considered if you have alternative qualifications combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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