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Gain a detailed understanding of the integrity of subsea structures and materials.

Drive your career forward with this online short course that's a core part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering.

We’ve designed this course for you as a physical sciences or engineering graduate working in, or keen to move into, the subsea sector.

You’ll gain highly sought-after knowledge and expertise with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers. You’ll learn directly from industry, with teaching closely supported by global subsea companies operating in the North Sea and beyond.

What will I study?

As engineers, we use a lot of design codes and standards as guidelines, without necessarily understanding the theory behind them. This course provides this key information for subsea systems and fills that knowledge gap.

You’ll gain a detailed understanding of design considerations for components to be used in subsea environments, especially in terms of selecting materials, qualification, standards and testing. Fundamental studies are combined with industry applications.

You’ll examine reasons for failure and how failure analysis is applied in the design process.

You’ll develop your knowledge of materials engineering and selection, as well as failure and degradation issues in a subsea environment, including lifecycle analysis.

Topics covered include:

  • subsea materials and principles behind their selection
  • materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes
  • structural integrity and performance
  • different types of lifecycle analysis to estimate the service life of structures
  • performance degradation in service life
  • degradation processes: corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion
  • failure processes: fracture and fatigue
  • inspection techniques used during service
  • integrity management procedures.

By the end of this course, you will...

  • Understand the principal materials for subsea applications.
  • Be aware of the design issues in terms of using materials in different applications and environments.
  • Understand and be able to apply design standards and the implication to materials testing and component acceptance.
  • Understand fundamental design problems, reasons for defects, degradation and failure, and the potential consequences of failure.
  • Know how to apply common fault-finding techniques and integrity-management procedures.
  • Be able to contribute to detailed component design for subsea field systems and networks.

How will I study?

This course is delivered entirely 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.

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

This course benefits from an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you’re gaining the latest 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
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Why study engineering online with Aberdeen?

Where will this take me?

Subsea Integrity 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.


As a graduate from any engineering or physical sciences background, this course will help prepare you for a career in the subsea 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.

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.
  • Prepares you to make an immediate impact in your chosen career in the subsea industry.
  • Available to study on campus or online, so you can study at your own pace, at any location.

Course coordinator

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. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
28 September 2020