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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.

This course is a core part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering and our unique MSc in Decommissioning. It gives you access to a focused section of these Masters degrees online, wherever you are in the world.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards these Masters qualifications.

What will I 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 will be able to…

  • Analyse how subsea production systems and offshore infrastructure combine to facilitate oil and gas production from subsea reservoirs.
  • Evaluate 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.
  • Analyse 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 will I study?

This course is delivered online, with one final exam that you must sit in person. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We’ll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

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

This course is taught at Masters level. 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.

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:

MSc in Decommissioning

  • The first Masters in Decommissioning in the world.
  • Study on campus or online.

MSc in Subsea Engineering

  • Accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Energy Institute.
  • Study on campus or online.

Further short courses

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

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?

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.

Apply for this course

Start date
28 September 2020
Cost
£925