Offshore Engineering (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

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Course summary

Join our accredited online MSc and gain the skills you need to work in a wide variety of roles in the offshore engineering sector, including marine renewables. Help shape the future of energy transition Join an online MSc accredited by the Energy Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Gain the specialist engineering skills you need to work in offshore energy, including renewables. Our online Masters in Offshore Engineering gives you greater opportunities across the wider field of marine energy. You’ll learn how the technology and expertise of subsea oil and gas production and infrastructure installation can be repurposed for the marine renewables industry. Uniquely, this degree includes courses on renewables and marine environment impact assessments, alongside industry-focused courses on subsea construction. Explore modern applications of offshore engineering with a university at the heart of the energy transition sector. Study flexibly online and earn exactly the same MSc qualification you’d gain on campus. This distance-learning MSc is open to recent graduates and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • civil engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • petroleum engineering
  • and to electrical and electronic engineers interested in a career in subsea controls.


You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc. Our online degrees are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you. Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Assessment method

This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person. You can take your exams: on campus at the University of Aberdeen; at another university or exam centre that is closer to you; at your local British Council Office. We can help you find a convenient location for your exams. You then make the arrangements and book them yourself. We contact you six to eight weeks before your exam date to confirm your chosen location. We recommend exploring your options well before then. If you need any help with this, get in touch with our friendly enquiry team.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Energy Institute, The
  • Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Institute of

How to apply

International applicants

This distance learning MSc in Offshore Engineering is delivered flexibly online. You can learn with us anywhere, with no study visa, and set your study hours to suit you.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering. You can also apply if you have: a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics or Physics or a 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering and three or more years of relevant industry experience. These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition: Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above. DI code is 0818
PTE Academic62Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above. Online Test is not accepted
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programme (PSE) - Pass (valid for one year) Academic English Preparation Programme undertaken at other UK HEI - accredited by BALEAP and within 1 year of start of course

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Standard requirements are used by the Schools of Biological Sciences; Engineering; Geosciences; Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; Natural and Computing Sciences; and Psychology. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £1230 Credit
EU £1230 Credit
England £1230 Credit
Northern Ireland £1230 Credit
Scotland £1230 Credit
Wales £1230 Credit
Channel Islands £1230 Credit
International £1230 Credit

Additional fee information

Fees for this programme are charged per 15 credits and you only pay for the credits you want to study in the upcoming term. It's up to you how many credits you take each term, which gives you control over your costs and your workload. Taking fewer credits will increase the length of your studies. Cost per 15 credits for this degree, starting in academic year 2023-24 is £1,230. Tuition fees typically rise a little each academic year (normally around 5-9% increase). Indicative cost of the Master of Science is £13,440 based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in September 2023. (PgCert = 60 credits; PgDip = 120 credits; MSc = 180 credits).

Sponsorship information

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme: The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Offshore Engineering (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS