Specialise in planning subsea installations and designing subsea structures.

This online course 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.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

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

What you’ll 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 subsea engineering online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning subsea engineering course is delivered flexibly, 100% 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 your colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from tutors experienced at high levels of industry and major companies operating in the subsea and offshore sectors.

Industry input

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 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:


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.

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

For entry to this course, we’d expect you to hold a relevant degree.

However, your application will also be considered if you have alternative qualifications combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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