Skip to main content

Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering MSc

Our MSc in Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering will give you the skills required to become a practising engineer in a demanding industry.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year:

Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Newcastle University is home to the largest and broadest dedicated marine technology research group in the UK. You'll have access to cutting-edge facilities, while learning from leaders in their field.

Our MSc is for graduates in:

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

Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

What you'll learn

The focus will be on the fundamentals of offshore, subsea and pipeline engineering. But you’ll also learn about:

  • the operation and maintenance of marine systems and structures
  • marine risers, subsea umbilical cables and mooring lines
  • offshore renewable devices
  • fixed and floating offshore structures

You'll develop an understanding of the key steps in a marine structures' life cycle, including:

  • design
  • construction
  • installation
  • asset management
  • decommissioning

You’ll also have the chance to engage and network with key engineering companies in the industry.


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

Our industrial partners will teach you the key design and manufacturing skills required in the sector. You'll also learn about operational methods by visiting 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 help you put theory into practice and grow your industry network.

You'll also:

  • learn skills from specialists in pipeline operation and apply these to solve pipeline engineering problems
  • develop advanced skills to predict environmental loads and responses to marine structures
  • 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

By the end of the course, you'll have the skills for a 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.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


There are a range of dedicated facilities available, including:

  • a computer laboratory
  • the Henri Kummerman Marine Resource Centre

You‘ll also have access to the following 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

Stephenson Building

The Stephenson Building is a £110 million investment in world-class education, research and collaboration across Engineering. It’s a place for future engineers, researchers and designers to collaborate and tackle global challenges, together.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 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

Find out more about:

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Download our admissions policy (PDF: 201KB)
Other policies related to admissions

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

Using the application portal

The application portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the application portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.

Apply Online  

Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

School of Engineering
School Admissions Team


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student

Social Media

Get involved with the School of Engineering.