MSc/PGDip Subsea Engineering & Pipeline Engineering

General information

This programme is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge on subsea systems, their conceptions, design and installation. These include systems and equipment such as pipelines, wellheads, drilling rigs and riser and mooring systems. 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.

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

  • Offshore Engineering Practice
  • Risers and Mooring Lines
  • Subsurface Technology
  • Marine Pipelines
  • Maritime Safety and Risk
  • Subsea Systems and Installation
  • Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations
  • Marine Pipeline Integrity
  • Theory and Practice of Marine CFD
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.

0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "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 the enquiry 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 (September 2015 entry and September 2016 entry) or the PG Diploma (Sept 2015). 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.

    Grant Opportunities:

    More information about funding opportunities is available here.


    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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