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Subsea Engineering

Subsea engineering is a highly technical, multidisciplinary profession that deals with safe, reliable and controlled upstream delivery of hydrocarbon resources, from subsea wells to surface process facilities or markets. Typically, subsea engineers are responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and in-service integrity management of equipment and infrastructure such as trees, jumpers, manifolds, umbilicals and pipelines for offshore oil and gas production.

The underwater environment, combined with hydrocarbon production, provides unique challenges for subsea engineers. Temperature, pressure, corrosion and wave forces all challenge the functional design and durability of submerged equipment. In addition, subsea engineers must ensure the marine ecosystem is protected at all times.

Subsea engineers are most commonly deployed in the offshore oilfield industry; either directly with operators in oil and gas production, subsea equipment suppliers, service companies, engineering or installation and fabrication contractors. Subsea engineers may spend more of their time working offshore, especially at the beginning of their career, until they gain sufficient experience to move into a consultancy, advisory or leadership positions.

Curtin Global Subsea Alliances

Curtin’s alliance partners are key to the course content, delivery and international subsea industry relevance. Through the Aberdeen and Curtin Universities alliance (see, the innovative MSc Global Subsea Engineering collaborative course is available offering students a unique international collaborative learning environment and industry exposure to two major oil and gas hubs.

Choosing a subsea course?

An applicant’s course selection will be governed by their qualification level, the experience desired and the personal circumstances in terms of course duration and flexibility to study in two international locations.

For students wishing to only commit 1 year of coursework and receive a foundation in subsea engineering; the Graduate Diploma would be a suitable choice. Applicants who might not have a bachelor degree but significant work experience can be admitted and use the Graduate Diploma as a pathway to a Masters of Subsea Engineering.

The Master of Subsea Engineering is for students seeking an immersion in a broad technical program, delivered by industry subject matter experts and offers a project opportunity to demonstrate your new skills but also expand your industry network and be industry ready. Students will be exposed to an extensive subsea engineering multidiscipline learning experience over 16 units in a 2 year period.

The MSc (Global Subsea Engineering) is a challenging degree over approximately 14 months with a more onerous research project and compressed time scale to learn the subsea engineering fundamentals. It is targeting students with an upper engineering honours degree and who are prepared to travel internationally for a semester. This is a unique course and presents an opportunity to maximise your international exposure and network over two major oil and gas hubs.

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