Offshore and Ocean Technology with Risk Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

General information

Next open day: 16th November 2016

The Offshore and Ocean Technology with Risk Management MSc course focuses on the key techniques used in the offshore industry. It addresses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and explains which techniques are appropriate to different applications.

This programme is suitable for engineering and science graduates keen to pursue careers within the offshore sector; or graduates currently working in the offshore and ocean-related industries keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience. 

Programme Structure
The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to complete six of the eight modules.

The group project is an applied multidisciplinary, team-based activity. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in the offshore industry. 

Core Modules Elective Modules
Subsea Oil and Gas Exploitation Materials in the Offshore Environment
Safety Risk and Reliability Offshore Offshore Renewable Energy - Technology
Offshore Inspection Failure of Materials and Structures
Corrosion in the Offshore Environment Finite Element Analysis and Materials Modelling
Reliability engineering and asset risk management Offshore pipeline design and installation
Technology and Project Management Energy Policy, Carbon Markets and Futures

Contact Information: Enquiries Office (web form)

Learning outcome:

Your career. Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in the extremely exciting and challenging fields of offshore oil and gas exploration, underwater engineering, pipeline engineering, risk management in offshore and marine operations, and the emerging offshore renewable energy industry. The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the domestic market; Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.


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Venue: Cranfield University
Cranfield , United Kingdom


Tuition fees 2015/16 MSc PgDip PgCert
full-time part-time full-time part-time full-time part-time
UK/EU student £9.000 £1.500 £7.200 £1.500 £3.600 £1.500
Overseas student £17.500 £17.500 £14.000  £14.000 £7.000 £7.000 

Part-time study fees: the annual registration fee is quoted above. An additional fee of £1.300 per module is also payable.


Degree Requirements
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related science or engineering discipline. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

English language
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 65
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C ​| Proficiency - C

Application Procedure:

Apply for the programme Offshore and Ocean Technology using the online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Application deadline: although there are no set application deadlines, applicants are recommend to apply as early as possible to secure a place. This is particularly important if you also want to apply for on-campus accommodation or need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, as these activities will take additional time after your course offer has been made.  

Grant Opportunities:

Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. Applicants are recommend to discuss this with their company in the first instance. More information is available here.

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.


The MSc course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for CEng, CMarTech and MIMarEST. In addition, the MSc has been approved by the Energy Institute (EI) for membership, and as meeting the Engineering Council UK’s further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer registration under UK-SPEC.


Academic level: Master


Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.

Qualification: Master of Science
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