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Learn to evaluate, test and design a range of riser systems.

Riser systems play a key part in the offshore oil and gas industry. They allow us to bring hydrocarbon from the seabed to the offshore installation.

A core part of our Masters in Subsea Engineering, this course gives you a thorough grounding in riser and mooring design, including the effect of dynamic motions.

Enjoy the expertise of our academics, experienced engineers and industry specialists, who we bring in to share their knowledge and the latest technological developments with you.

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

What will I study?

You’ll start the course with an overview of various riser systems, including:

  • flexible
  • steel catenary
  • hybrid
  • top-tensioned.

You’ll examine where these systems are applicable, their components, the service life of these components, and the service life of the entire system.

You’ll then explore the fundamentals of ocean hydrodynamics, measuring stresses in the subsea environment and interactions between vessel, mooring and riser systems.

You’ll focus on the hydrodynamic loads on risers. Deriving equations of motion to describe each system, you’ll calculate displacement and stresses to work out how long a riser system will last in different configurations.

You’ll learn how all of this knowledge informs and impacts on riser and mooring design, and discover the latest design trends in riser technologies.

Other important topics you’ll cover include:

  • effective tension
  • vessel response characterisation
  • regular and irregular wave loading analysis
  • time and frequency domain solution techniques
  • riser ancillary equipment.

By the end of this course, you will understand…

  • Different riser designs and their application.
  • The mechanics of riser systems, and the role of tension, stress, and fatigue.
  • External dynamic forces and their impact on riser and mooring system design.
  • The dynamic motion of floating surface facilities and their consequences for riser design.
  • The methods of riser-installation engineering and planning.
  • The design and application of ancillary riser technology, including interconnectors, joints and buoyancy aids.
  • The latest design trends in riser technologies.
  • The application of riser technologies in deep water.

How will I study?

Riser Systems and Hydrodynamics is delivered online, with a 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.

Part of our Masters in Subsea Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from academics and engineers from the University, alongside experts from industry brought in to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

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

Training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, 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.

Where will this take me?

Riser Systems and Hydrodynamics is one of a suite of Engineering short courses that we offer online. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications.

Find out more about credits.

Further learning

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.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

See our full range of postgraduate Engineering degrees.

Careers

This course is designed to 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.

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
18 January 2021
Cost
£925