Get ahead in the decommissioning challenge.

Join an online course delivered from the heart of Europe’s energy capital. It’s designed for anyone in the offshore business who wants to know more about the hardware and technology used in the decommissioning process.

You’ll learn from experts recognised for their quality teaching and impactful research within global oil and gas. As a practising or graduate engineer, you’ll gain career-advancing skills in this hot-topic area.

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

The market for decommissioning oil and gas installations is substantial. On the UK continental shelf alone, this market is estimated at £40-100 billion over the next 40 years. Far from being an ‘end’, we view this as the opportunity to develop tools, technology and skills that can be applied in other offshore basins around the world.

This course will give you a thorough overview of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that need to be removed when the time arrives for decommissioning.

You’ll be introduced to various aspects of offshore structures and subsea systems, including field architecture, subsea hardware and subsea pipelines. You’ll learn how these systems are maintained and monitored.

You’ll consider the technical and engineering challenges related to oil and gas production in subsea fields around the world, as they relate to end-of-life operations and decommissioning.

You’ll cover:

  • equipment and technology employed underwater, including trees, valves and connectors
  • application and architecture on the seabed, including how hardware has been installed
  • subsea intervention technologies
  • enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • risk and liability
  • standards and operating codes, good practice, and legislation in this area
  • emerging technologies and the decommissioning challenge.

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

  • Explain how subsea production systems and offshore infrastructure combine to facilitate oil and gas production from subsea reservoirs.
  • Describe the components of subsea production systems, including their basic function, size and composition, and make hardware selection decisions.
  • Analyse the project process, safety considerations and the key project stages in a subsea development.
  • Assess the challenges and activities for subsea operations, subsea decommissioning, and subsea field life extension.
  • Evaluate how subsea and offshore infrastructure is maintained, supported, monitored, and decommissioned using vessels and ROVs.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning decommissioning 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 teaching 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 experienced tutors who have worked at high levels in industry, and by experts from major companies operating in the subsea and wider offshore sector.

Industry input

You’ll also benefit from the direct input of an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews 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:


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. For this course, you’d usually have at least a UK-equivalent:

  • 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Geosciences, Economics, Business, Law, Biological/Environmental Science
  • or other science, technology or commercial degree
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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