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Prepare yourself for career success in the subsea sector.

You can also study MSc Subsea Engineering full-time on campus.

Join our accredited degree programme and become a world-class subsea engineer.

  • Train in the development and operation of subsea technologies and systems, from wellhead to topside structure interconnections.
  • Learn to use analysis tools and techniques, specialist design software, standards for design improvements and performance optimisation.
  • Learn to apply engineering principles and analysis methods to the design and installation of subsea systems.

You’ll leave ready to take on technical leadership roles within the subsea industry. You’ll build your skills in project management, communication, report writing and problem-solving.

Graduate with the same accredited Masters qualification as our on-campus students. Your degree will be recognised by industry employers around the world.

Industry links

Study with a university that’s worked with the global energy sector since North Sea oil began flowing in 1975.

40% of all the world’s subsea installations are located in the North Sea. Aberdeen is Europe’s leading centre for subsea development and operation. We play a central role in researching and developing new technology to maximise recovery of oil and gas, working with international subsea companies.

The world’s leading subsea technology companies are based here, including:

  • TechnipFMC
  • Aker Solutions
  • Baker Hughes (GE Oil & Gas)
  • Subsea 7
  • Bibby Offshore.

Join us online, wherever you are in the world, and get closer to our global energy city.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree. You can build your way to a qualification one short course at a time.

How will I study?

MSc Subsea Engineering is delivered part-time online, with written exams at the end of term.

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 access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an internationally experienced team of subsea engineers, academics and industry professionals.

Industry input

Your degree is designed with and supported by an Industry Advisory Board. This panel of experts from across the subsea sector ensures your degree content is always current and informed by the very latest industry needs and developments.

Assessments

This degree combines online assessment with written exams. These are exams that you attend in person.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?

Careers

MSc Subsea Engineering will prepare you to find work in the subsea sector.

This degree focuses on every kind of marine operation in the offshore industry. This gives you many career routes to follow, including:

  • Analysis Engineer
  • Marine Contractor
  • Subsea Field Engineer
  • Subsea Installation Engineer.

Your accredited qualification will be recognised around the world. Our engineering graduates have moved into successful international careers, to as high as CEO and MD level. Wherever in the world you seek subsea work, you’re likely to have a fellow Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you.

I was very lucky to start with Technip UK the very same day my Masters programme finished and I have been fully immersed into the busy life of an offshore project management team.

Catherine Hammond, MSc Subsea Engineering graduate, Project Engineer

Set in the heart of industry’s global centre of excellence for subsea engineering, Aberdeen has a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally. We are extremely proud to support the degree programme and help develop business links that will enhance the overall learning experience for students.

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK

Free careers advice

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world. From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront. 

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

At the start of each term, you only pay for the credits you choose to study that term.

Entry requirements

MSc

  • A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics or Physics
  • or a 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering and at least three years’ relevant oil and gas industry experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics, Stress Analysis, Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Fluids, Thermodynamics and Engineering Design.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit dissertation to gain your MSc.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 27 months to complete the MSc. You can take a maximum of 30 credits per term. You can take one or two courses at a time, and take study breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead. 

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits count towards the MSc. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full degree one short course at a time. 

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£10,480

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 3 years.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September or January
INDICATIVE COST
£10,480

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 3 years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal