Offshore and Ocean Technology with Subsea Engineering MSc


Key information

Qualification type


Subject areas

Marine Engineering Ship & Boat Building / Marine / Offshore Engineering & Maintenance

Course type


Course summary

Subsea engineering focuses on the deepwater issues of oil and gas exploitation. Operations have moved from relatively shallow water to depths that now demand totally different engineering solutions. The Offshore and Ocean Technology with Subsea Engineering MSc course addresses both the hardware that is used subsea, such as wellheads and separators, as well as important issues such as field layout, flow assurance and installation/maintenance.

Different course options

Full time | Cranfield Campus | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Safety Risk and Reliability Offshore - Core

This module will enable the student to understand and be able to apply the basic concepts of risk and reliability analysis in the offshore environment. This module covers: Introduction: concept of risk, ALARP criteria, and reliability engineering; FMECA and HAZOPS: Use of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis to identify system and component failure, use of qualitative risk matrices. Hazard and operability studies to identify hazards in offshore processes; Reliability data: types, data collection methods and data sources. Examples of typical failure rate data. Weibull analysis and interpretation of data plots; Human Reliability Analysis and Accident causation: Major accident sequences, risk perception and control of risk. Introduce human reliability analysis techniques HEART and THERP; Offshore Safety Case and Formal Safety Assessments: Regulatory regime, safety case requirements, types of study, scenario development, examples of use of QRA methods, consequence analysis, vulnerability of essential systems, smoke and gas ingress, evacuation escape and rescue and typical output and Pipeline Corrosion Risk Analysis: corrosion of steel pipelines offshore.

Offshore Inspection - Core

This module aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of the underlying science and application of a variety of inspection techniques used on structures in the offshore environment. Syllabus: Underlying principles defining why inspection is necessary, Marine growth/cleaning technique, standards, Underwater inspection - visual, by diver and ROV. inspection requirements, and planning. flooded member detection, NDT - introduction, Ultrasonics: Properties of sound waves: probe construction: systems A-scan , B-scan, C-scan, arrays and other data display/collection methods; defect sizing; weld inspection.

Corrosion in the Offshore Environment - Core

This module aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of the corrosion processes that occur on a range of materials in the offshore (including oil and gas) environment. Syllabus: Thermodynamics of corrosion: Electrode reactions, potential. Simple cells, electrochemical series, galvanic, series. Nernst equation. Common cathodic reactions. General corrosion. Pourbaix diagram. Corrosion kinetics: Polarisation diagrams, Practical measurements, passivity. Corrosion mechanisms: Effects of oxygen and carbon dioxide, Galvanic corrosion, Pitting and crevice corrosion, Mechanical interactions, Microbial corrosion, Corrosion of welds, Stress corrosion cracking, Hydrogen embrittlement and effects of H2S, High temperature corrosion. Corrosion control: Paints, cathodic protection, Corrosion resistant alloys, corrosion monitoring, control by design.

Tuition fees

UK fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.


Cranfield Campus



Milton Keynes

MK43 0AL

Nearest train station:

Aspley Guise 2.3 Miles away