MSc/PgDip in Subsea Engineering

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering

Program Description

MSc/PgDip in Subsea Engineering

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering

MSc/PgDip in Subsea Engineering

As oil is required to be extracted in deeper and rougher seas, new demands continue to be imposed on design development as well as new installation and inspection techniques.

This course is for graduates in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and related disciplines who want to gain advanced knowledge of subsea systems, designs and installation. This includes systems and equipment such as:

  • pipelines
  • wellheads
  • drilling rigs
  • riser & mooring systems

You’ll study

Your course will be made up of three components:

  • Instructional Modules
  • Group Project
  • Individual Project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills. It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It will give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This will be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Course content

Instructional classes

  • Inspection & Survey
  • Offshore Engineering Practice
  • Risers & Mooring Lines
  • Subsurface Technology
  • Marine Pipelines
  • Maritime Safety & Risk
  • Subsea Systems & Installation

In addition choose one of the following:

  • Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations
  • Theory & Practice of Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Computational Free Surface Hydrodynamics

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching periods (semesters) of 12 weeks each. Some of the second semester subjects are taught over eight weeks. This is so that you can devote as much time as possible to your individual project work.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.

Entry requirements

MSc - BEng with second-class Honours or equivalent qualification.

PgDip - Applicants with marginally lower qualifications will be considered for a Postgraduate Diploma. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirement

IELTs 6.5 or equivalent

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
16,700 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 16,700 GBP