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5427F - Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering MSc

Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering MSc

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Start in: September 2022

Our MSc in Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering will deepen your knowledge, giving you the essential skills required to become a practising engineer in a demanding industry.

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Newcastle University is home to the largest and broadest dedicated marine technology research group in the UK. You'll learn from leaders in their field. You'll also gain from our cutting-edge facilities.

Our MSc is for graduates in:

  • marine technology/engineering
  • offshore engineering
  • naval architecture
  • mechanical engineering
  • related disciplines

You'll focus on the fundamentals of offshore, subsea and pipeline engineering. You'll develop the following critical knowledge and skills:

  • the dynamics of offshore installations
  • advanced structural design
  • marine risers, umbilicals and mooring lines
  • reliability and integrity management of marine systems

Our close industry links ensure you'll engage and network with key engineering companies.


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What you'll learn

You'll develop your knowledge of marine systems and structures (and their operation and maintenance), such as:

  • mooring lines
  • risers
  • subsea umbilicals
  • offshore renewable devices
  • fixed and floating offshore structures

You'll gain an understanding of the key steps of marine structures' life cycle including:

  • design
  • construction
  • installation
  • asset management
  • decommissioning


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You'll learn from our industrial partners who will teach you the key design and manufacturing skills required in the sector. You'll also learn about operational methods by site visits to manufacturing facilities. These include:

  • design and manufacture of subsea umbilicals with TechnipFM
  • offshore pipeline and cable laying methods as well as subsea trench operations with Royal IHC
  • teaching of subsea valves with BEL Valves
  • design and manufacture of flexible risers with Baker Hughes

These site visits will enable you to put theory into practice. They will also enhance your industry networks.

In addition you'll:

  • learn skills from specialists in pipeline operation and apply these to solve pipeline engineering problems
  • develop advanced skills to predict environmental loads and responses of marine structure
  • extend your commercial awareness and understand the importance of sustainability and its intersection with business
  • learn to deal with real-life hydrodynamic engineering problems

Your future

As a graduate you'll have the skills for wide range of careers across the globe in the offshore, subsea and pipeline engineering sectors.

Destinations of our marine technology graduates have included:

  • maritime service provider Royal IHC
  • global leaders in oil and gas TechnipFMC
  • energy technology company Baker Hughes
  • multinational oil and gas company BP

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


There are a range of dedicated facilities that will support your studies and enhance your learning experience, including:

  • a computer laboratory
  • the Henri Kummerman Marine Resource Centre

You also have access to a set of excellent testing facilities:

  • Newcastle Towing Tank
  • Wind, Wave and Current (WWC) Tank
  • Flow cell
  • Blyth Marine Station
  • Emmerson Cavitation Tunnel at Blyth
  • Research Vessel The Princess Royal

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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