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

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.

Why study Engineering online with the University of Aberdeen?

What you’ll 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’ll be able to...

  • Describe the principal materials for subsea applications.
  • Discuss design issues in terms of using materials in different applications and environments.
  • Explain design standards and the implication to materials testing and component acceptance.
  • Assess fundamental design problems, reasons for defects, degradation and failure, and the potential consequences of failure.
  • Apply common fault-finding techniques and integrity-management procedures.
  • Contribute to detailed component design for subsea field systems and networks.

How you’ll study

Our Subsea Integrity course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

Your training 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

You’ll learn from a team of experienced engineers 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.

Industry input

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.


You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until January 2022 at the earliest.

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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 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.
  • Prepares you to make an immediate impact in your chosen career in the subsea industry.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

Build your learning

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:


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.

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.

Entry requirements

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
27 September 2021
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