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
- 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:
- asset management
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with students across all key marine technology disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.
Our teaching covers a broad range of subjects and typically consists of:
- practical sessions
- group work
- personal supervision
Modules are taught by block delivery, allowing you to immerse yourself and understand the subject in more depth.
Our strong industrial engagement means our courses are shaped by industry. You'll typically benefit from:
- industry guest lectures
- site visits
- employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral examination
- Research paper
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Multidisciplinary Group Project
You'll work with students on other marine technology postgraduate courses on a practical engineering problem.
Your communication and team working skills will be enhanced by working with a multidisciplinary team. You'll benefit from a broad spectrum of marine technology/engineering perspectives.
The Multidisciplinary Group Project will involve:
- information gathering
- work delegation
The following implications will need to be considered:
You'll undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine related topic. This will be as part of an independent dissertation across all three semesters.
You'll combine the skills and knowledge gained from the taught modules and develop your research skills on a relevant topic.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Lloyds Professor of Offshore Engineering
Areas of expertise:
- ocean renewable energy
- ship collision and grounding
Lecturer in Structural and Reliability Analysis of Offshore Structures
Areas of expertise:
- structural design and analysis of ships and offshore structures
- reliability analysis of components and systems of structures
- reliability based optimal design of structures
- probabilistic analysis of marine risers
Senior Lecturer in Subsea Engineering
Areas of expertise:
- vortex-induced vibration
- flow-induced vibration
- fluid-structure interaction
- phenomenological modelling
- flexible cylindrical structures
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
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.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
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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 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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