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Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems



Course format Online
Date 2020-09-28 - 2020-12-21
Duration 11 weeks, 10 -15 hours per week
Cost £925

Get ahead in the decommissioning challenge.

This flexible course is designed for anyone in the offshore business who wants to know more about the hardware and technology we tackle as part of the decommissioning process. As a practising or graduate engineer, you’ll gain career-advancing skills in this topical area.

Learn from experts in Europe’s energy capital who are recognised for quality teaching and cutting-edge research within global oil and gas.

This course is a core part of our MSc in Subsea Engineering and our unique MSc in Decommissioning, giving you access to a focused section of these Masters degrees online, wherever you are in the world.

What will I study?

The market for decommissioning oil and gas installations is substantial. On the UK continental shelf alone, this market is estimated at £40-100 billion over the next 40 years. Far from being an ‘end’, we view this as the opportunity to develop tools, technology and skills that can be applied in other offshore basins around the world.

This course will give you a thorough overview of offshore and subsea oil and gas production systems, and an appreciation of the infrastructure and facilities that need to be removed when the time arrives for decommissioning.

You’ll be introduced to various aspects of offshore structures and subsea systems, including field architecture, subsea hardware and subsea pipelines. You’ll learn how these systems are maintained and monitored.

You’ll consider the technical and engineering challenges related to oil and gas production in subsea fields around the world, as they relate to end-of-life operations and decommissioning.

You’ll cover:

  • equipment and technology employed underwater, including trees, valves and connectors
  • application and architecture on the seabed, including how hardware has been installed
  • subsea intervention technologies
  • enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • risk and liability
  • standards and operating codes, good practice, and legislation in this area
  • emerging technologies and the decommissioning challenge.


Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. For this course, you’d usually have at least a UK-equivalent:

  • 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Geosciences, Economics, Business, Law, Biological/Environmental Science
  • or other science, technology or commercial degree
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.


ISCED Categories

Marine and maritime law
Machinery and operators
Oil, gas and mineral resources