Offshore Engineering Systems

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

MSc Offshore Engineering Systems
This course caters to the general and yet specialist demand for graduates with required knowledge and skillsets to work in offshore locations, especially in the offshore electrical power sector.

The modules provide multi-disciplinary knowledge of the subject areas, and develop your business and management acumen through industry-relevant individual projects. This is a career-enhancing course which will develop skills sought after by employers for a wide-range of roles such as project management, electrical engineering, controls and instrumentation and service maintenance in offshore locations. It will prepare you to confidently manage the challenges and advances in the offshore engineering systems arena, both today and in the future.

This course has multiple study options
View study options
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
Minimum 3 years, 9 months

You will learn the fundamentals and advances made in technologies used in the ocean environment. You will study the nature of works in offshore environments, such as operations and maintenance and project management, and apply this learning in individual projects. You will demonstrate your understanding and expertise by applying your implementation skills to a real life scenario. 

Detailed module information

You will study topics including oceans, subsea systems, controls, instrumentation, integrated systems, offshore renewables, electrical systems, smart grids, engineering project management, environmental impact and risk management, and operations and maintenance in offshore locations. You will be quizzed using Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Flipped Learning (FL) approaches. You will also demonstrate your competency in individual projects where you will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of offshore engineering.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 15-20 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 2 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 8 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 6 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 10 hours per week
Independent Study

You will engage in independent study based around the topic under discussion in class. The reading list will be updated with relevant books and CampusMoodle page will be populated with relevant teaching material.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment, 20 mins

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The school has been delivering post-graduate industry-relevant courses for many years. Our academic teaching staff bring a wealth of research expertise and teaching experience to their teaching and curriculum. The majority of the staff on this course are active researchers and have worked on live projects for the offshore industry, both oil and gas and the renewables sector. The course will include guest lectures and seminars by industry professionals. You will be provided case-based assessments by these experts where you will use data and supportive information to solve a particular problem.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



There may be an opportunity for a placement, but this is not guaranteed. Students may have the opportunity to engage with a specific company as part of their Individual Project.


Job Prospects

This is a career-enhancing course which will develop skills sought after by employers for a wide-range of roles such as project management, electrical engineering, controls and instrumentation and service maintenance in offshore locations. As a graduate of this course you could also pursue further study, including PhD research.


  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree, or its equivalent in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:


International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.


Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Full-time on campus:    

  • Home & EU: £5,500 per entire course
  • International: £16,780 per entire course

Online distance learning:

  • All students: £15,300 per entire course

For Academic Year 2019/2020

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

Register Now

Would you like to keep up to date with open days, scholarships and other news? Fill out our online form.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.