Join us online to study the integrity of offshore structures and materials.

Build your qualifications with a university that’s at the forefront of professional training for ambitious engineers.

You’ll gain fundamental knowledge and skills that you can apply to structural integrity assessments in a range of offshore settings, including:

  • traditional energy applications
  • offshore renewables
  • ships
  • submarines.


  • study the design considerations for components used in offshore environments
  • gain highly sought-after knowledge and expertise in materials selection, qualification, standards and testing
  • learn from industry, with teaching supported by offshore companies operating in the North Sea and beyond.

Who is this offshore engineering course for?

This distance-learning offshore engineering course is designed for physical sciences or engineering graduates working in, or keen to move into, offshore sectors.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

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

What you’ll study

As engineers, we use a lot of design codes and standards as guidelines, without necessarily understanding the theory behind them. This course will help you unpack and understand the theory behind guidelines for offshore structures and systems.

In this course, you’ll:

  • study the design considerations for components to be used in offshore environments
  • gain a detailed understanding of materials selection, qualification, standards and testing
  • learn about failure and degradation issues in offshore environments
  • examine the reasons for failure and how failure analysis is applied in the design process
  • look at industry applications alongside your fundamental studies.

This online course focuses on offshore steel structures relating to traditional energy applications. But the fundamental knowledge you’ll gain can be applied to structural integrity assessments in a range of marine applications, including offshore renewables, ships, and submarines.

You’ll cover the following course syllabus:

  • Principles of materials selection.
  • Materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes.
  • Degradation processes: corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion.
  • Failure processes: fracture and fatigue.
  • Inspection techniques.
  • Integrity management procedures.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe the principal materials used in offshore applications such as marine renewables and subsea extraction of oil and gas.
  • Analyse the design and integrity issues associated with the use of materials in different offshore applications and environments.
  • Learn to apply industrial standards to the selection of materials for offshore applications.
  • Evaluate fundamental design and integrity-related problems, looking for defects, causes of degradation and failure, and understanding the potential consequences of failure.
  • Understand the implications of material choices for testing and component acceptance.
  • Apply common fault-finding techniques and integrity-management procedures.
  • Contribute to detailed component design and integrity assessment for structures used in a marine environment.

Why study offshore engineering online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Offshore Structural Integrity 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 and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of experienced engineers who have worked at high levels in industry. You’ll also learn from guest speakers from major companies operating in offshore sectors.

Industry input

This course benefits from an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you’re gaining the latest 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:


As a graduate from any engineering or physical sciences background, this course will help prepare you for a career in the offshore 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 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

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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