Subsea Engineering Course MSc

MSc Subsea Engineering

1. Overview

The Masters in Subsea Engineering is aimed at engineers who already have some relevant offshore oil and gas experience and high calibre graduates who wish to enhance their employability in the subsea industry.

A broad range of topics is covered including well engineering and topside processing facilities as well as the core areas of subsea engineering including: subsea systems, subsea control, pipelines & risers, corrosion and subsea reliability. Current and emerging technologies and their design limitations as applied to deepwater, long tie-back and HP/HT wells are also covered.

This subsea engineering course has been developed and is supported by experienced oil and gas industry professionals and academics using current standards and fundamental engineering practices.

2. What you will study

Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials.

Significant additional private study is expected during each module.

  • The Oceans, Operability and Humans in the Ocean
  • Wells
  • Facilities
  • Subsea Systems

Exit Award: PG Cert Subsea Engineering

  • Subsea Reliability and Intervention
  • Subsea Pipeline and Riser Design
  • Materials and Corrosion Science
  • Control and Telemetry Systems

Exit Award: PG Dip Subsea Engineering 

  • Individual Project Report

Award: MSc Subsea Engineering

3. Entry requirements

Applicants should have an Honours degree in Engineering at level 2.1 or above. Applicants with engineering degree at 2:2 level with relevant years of industry experience may be considered. Those with other qualifications but with considerable years of relevant work experience may be considered.

Students whose first language is not English should hold IELTS 6.5 before commencing study.

Note: The minimum entry requirements as stated above are only a guide, and do not guarantee entry. 

English language requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

Course accredited by the Energy Institute

5. Student Funding

Download information on Distance Learning costs per module.

For further information on Distance Learning course fees please contact or see Student Finance pages

Full-time All Students 2015/2016 - £17,800

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.


Not only significantly helping you with the financial costs of studying, our scholarships will help you to develop valuable links with industry.

Find out more about our Engineering Postgraduate Scholarships

6. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online 

If you are a UK/EU applicant and have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Applicant and would like further information and application advice:

7. Further Requirements for Full-time International Students

Those who hold offers for this course require an ATAS clearance certificate before they can apply for a visa.

ATAS Clearance Information

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Start date
Full-Time – September / Distant Learning – January
Course length
Full-Time – 45 weeks / Online Distance Learning – Minimum 3 years and 6 months
Mode of Attendance
Full-Time & Distance Learning
Academic school
School of Engineering
Accredited By
Energy Institute

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Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781