MSc/PGDip Offshore Floating Systems

General information

With the world-wide search for offshore oil and gas moving into increasingly hostile areas of ocean and deep & ultra-deep water, floating systems are becoming more widely used.  Floating systems must be designed and built to withstand harsh environments with innovative methods and techniques being adopted to develop robust as well as economically efficient and safe structures. In meeting these challenges, concern for the environment is of increasing importance. This programme is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines. It provides students with practical knowledge of offshore floating systems, their conceptions, design and installation, with a sound basis of mathematical and engineering fundamentals. 

There are two teaching periods (semesters) of 12 weeks each. The first semester is usually from the beginning of October and the second semester starts around the end of January. Some of the second semester subjects are taught over eight weeks so that the students can devote as much time as possible to their individual project work.Students are required to accumulate 180 credits for MSc and 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma. Most of the taught modules are worth 12 credits each and each 12-credit module is normally taught over 20 hours lecture and 10 hours tutorial.

The course has three components: Instructional Modules, Group Project, Individual Project (MSc only).

Instructional Modules

  • Inspection and Survey
  • Offshore Engineering Practice
  • Risers and Mooring Lines
  • Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations
  • Finite Element Analysis of Floating Structures
  • Maritime Safety and Risk
  • Design and Construction of FPSOs and either
  • Advanced Marine Structures or
  • Theory and Practice of Marine CFD

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.

Facilities. We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • marine engine laboratory
  • hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • cutting-edge computer facilities
  • industry standard software
Learning outcome:

Graduates will be well-prepared for a challenging career in all sectors of offshore engineering dealing not only with offshore floating systems but also fixed marine structures.

Contact Person: Prof. Peilin Zhou (Academic Selector Postgraduate) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

1022 - Safety", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building 
100 Montrose Street
Glasgow G4 0LZ


Open from
31 Jan 2017 to 31 Mar 2017


Scot/EU students: £5.000
RUK Students (England, Wales, Northern Ireland): £9.000
International students: £17.500

A definitive and up-to-date guide to the fees can be obtained here.


MSc. BEng with First, or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours or equivalent overseas qualification.

PgDip. Applicants with marginally lower qualifications will be considered for the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Pre-Masters preparation course. The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Application Procedure:

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in theenquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

You can apply online from the programme's website. There are different application forms if you want to apply for the MSc diploma or the PG Diploma. Additional documents required include:

  • Degree certificate and Academic transcripts
  • Certificate of proficiency in English (for example, IELTS or TOEFL certificates)
  • Two references, at least one from an academic referee from the last educational institution attended.

Application Deadline
There is no formal closing date for postgraduate applications at the University of Strathclyde, you are recommended to apply by the end of March for September entry. You are advised to contact the programme director in order to ascertain whether the course you are interested in has an application deadline.

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    In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, NAOME also has several organisations offering sponsorships and scholarships to students each year, including RINA, IMarEST, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, American Bureau of Shipping, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Society for Underwater Technology. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

    Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students. For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the scheme and what courses are eligible.

    English students. Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

    Please note. The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


    This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).


    Academic level: Master


    The student's performance is assessed via written examinations, coursework assignments and individual project thesis. The teamwork exercises are assessed on a continuous basis.

    Qualification: Master of Science

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