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Offshore Structural Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (QS) Online
Offshore Structural Engineering at University of Aberdeen was designed and developed with senior engineers working in the offshore industry to transfer the very latest knowledge and skills to the next generation of structural engineers. The programme delivers professional online training for professional engineers working in the offshore oil and gas and renewables sector.


Offshore Structural Engineering at University of Aberdeen is designed for practising Structural Engineers. While a good honours degree is a pre-requisite, this MSc also requires you to have practical Structural Engineering experience, to provide the context for the taught material.

The entire programme of courses covers a range of relevant theoretical and practical subjects which have been selected to present you with the latest industry thinking and key engineering skills required for this crucial area of expertise.

Examples of the former include, Finite Element Methods and Structural Dynamics, whereas examples of the latter include a number of Conceptual Design modules, the design of steelwork connections and structures for offshore renewables.


Industry experience is essential to get the most from this programme. The programme is designed to enhance the existing skills of industry professionals in order to lead them on to the next step in their career and become future leaders.


  • Construction Engineer
  • Lead Construction Engineer
  • Lead Structural Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer


This programme is derived from the MSc Oil and Gas Structural Engineering which is fully accredited by the relevant industry institutions. This programme will be similarly submitted for accreditation.

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Structural Dynamics (September start)
  • Design of Connections (September start)
  • Conceptual Design of Topside Modules (January start)
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (January start)
Year 2
  • Blast and Fire Resistant Structures (September start)
  • Brown Field Structural Engineering (September start)
  • Structures for Offshore Renewables (TBC) (January start)
  • Finite Element Methods (January start)
Year 3
  • Conceptual Design of Jackets and Subsea Structures (September start)
  • Design of Stiffened Plates (September start)
  • Re-Assessment of Existing Structures by Structural Reliability Analysis (January start)
  • Design of Jacket Attachments (January start)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Minimum requirements for this programme are a 2:1 (upper second class) Honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, or equivalent, with ideally 1 or 2 years (depending on its nature) of relevant experience.
  • Flexibility may be shown to those with 2:2 (lower second class) Civil or Structural Engineering degrees who have significant professional experience. First Class Civil or Structural Engineering students with little experience may be considered after consideration of degree transcripts.

Document Requirements

  • an up-to-date CV/Resumé
  •  Degree Certificate
  •  Degree Transcript
  •  Personal Statement
  • two reference letters 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1150 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1150 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
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£14,640 - Programme fee. This fee is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per semester.


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