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Master of Science (Global Subsea Engineering)

MSc Global Subsea Engineering - MC-GSSENG Science and Engineering
Location Aberdeen or Bentley This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus
Intake July
Duration 3 study periods (~14 months)

The Master of Science (Global Subsea Engineering) course offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students with a high academic achievement to engage and learn in an internationally collaborative environment centred around two major oil and gas hubs: Aberdeen, Scotland and Perth, Western Australia.

Students undertaking this joint masters course have the opportunity to complete four units at both institutions (i.e. Curtin then Aberdeen) followed by the completion of a jointly supervised project thesis. Thesis topics will be jointly developed by both institutions, leveraging the strong industry links at both oil and gas hubs. The eight taught units and thesis are conducted over three study periods (nominally 14 months in total). At the successful completion of the course students will be awarded a degree recognising their study at both institutions.

Find out more about the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance.

Why study the Master of Science (Global Subsea Engineering)?

This unique global course offers students, with a 2nd class upper Bachelor of Engineering honours degree or higher, a compressed MSc pathway to a subsea engineering career in the oil & gas industry either in Australia or the UK.

Alternative study location

It is also possible to begin this program with the University of Aberdeen, commending Semester 1 and the Project module in Aberdeen and Semester 2 in Perth. Find out more.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • Recognised bachelor degree in engineering with first- or upper second-class honours.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


There are additional costs associated with studying at the University of Aberdeen which will need to be met by the student. These costs include travel, accommodation, living, visa and health insurance expenses.

You will also need to meet the minimum English language requirements of both institutions:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $26,600*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 300 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

Accreditation of this course is being sought and will be consistently applied at Aberdeen and Curtin. The purpose of this accreditation is to achieve international recognition, for example by the Washington Accord, assisting with global employment opportunities.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include specialist subsea engineering development, project and operational roles with oil & gas operators, major subsea equipment suppliers and international engineering, fabrication, installation, commissioning and production consultants/contractors.

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