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Specialise in planning subsea installations and designing subsea structures.

This online course is part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering. It gives you a detailed understanding of the techniques used in installing, inspecting and maintaining subsea systems and infrastructure.

We’ve designed this course for you as a graduate engineer working in, or keen to move into, the offshore industry.

Learn with a university ranked 7th in the UK for Civil Engineering, with direct input from subsea industry professionals and companies operating at the forefront of offshore engineering.

What will I study?

You’ll cover the design and planning of an installation, through to regular inspection and interventions.

You’ll look at the vessels used to install equipment and the principles of rig set-up and operation. You’ll examine:

  • pipelines
  • spool design
  • the differences between J-lay, S-lay and Reel-lay
  • the design of subsea architecture, including the riser and manifold
  • the actual installation process, including operational and installation loads, lifting analysis and calculation.

You’ll also examine subsea well access, deep water subsea installation techniques, subsea inspection, survey techniques and understanding spatial/acoustic positioning methods and accuracy.

You’ll study different types of maintenance and repair, the rationale of using divers or diver-less intervention, and how remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) are used in subsea inspection.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Have a detailed understanding of the techniques used for installation, inspection, and maintenance of subsea systems, including seabed hardware, pipelines, risers and principal components.
  • Understand the implications of such techniques for the design of subsea components and systems.
  • Have a broad awareness of techniques used throughout offshore operations, giving you an appreciation and understanding of system limitations and appropriate applications for different subsea environments.
  • Be equipped to successfully plan subsea installations and design subsea structures.

Why study engineering online with Aberdeen?

How will I study?

This course is delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our Masters in Subsea Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from tutors experienced at high levels of industry and major companies operating in the subsea and offshore sector.

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

Your 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
  • discussion boards with your colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Where will this take me?

Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance 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.


This course is designed to help you, as a practising engineer, move into roles with subsea companies. Studying this credit-bearing course can advance your career or help you fulfil a chartered engineering application.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

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:

MSc 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.

Course coordinator

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.

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Start date
28 September 2020