Introduction to Subsea Engineering

Short Course - Course Completion Certificate
Introduction to Subsea Engineering

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (RGU), in conjunction with Subsea UK, has developed an online programme of four modules to support the induction of engineers from other industries and new graduates into the Subsea sector.

Our redeveloped course has improved learning and assessment methods, updated course material with recent industry developments and practices. Improvements to the course include; updated module topics to reflect current industry practice, data and examples, interactive multimedia models, as well as  module and topic overview along with explicit learning outcomes.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

8 weeks

Module 1 – Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry

  • Formation of Oil and Gas
  • Exploration and Worldwide Production
  • History of the North Sea
  • Offshore Extraction and Processing
  • Transportation and Downstream Processing
  • Current Legislation Applicable in the UKCS

Module 2 – Introduction to Oil and Gas Engineering

  • Subsurface Engineering
  • Drilling and Well Engineering 
  • Operating Facilities 
  • Operational Aspects

Module 3 – Introduction to the Subsea Industry

  • Subsea Industry 
  • An Example of Subsea Development 
  • Future Development for the Industry

Module 4 – Introduction to Subsea Engineering

  • Subsea Completions
  • Subsea Control Systems
  • Flow Assurance
  • Pipeline Fundamentals
  • Installation of Equipment
  • Subsea Production Umbilicals and Power Cables
  • Risers and Topsides
  • Current and Developing Systems


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

The course has four modules delivered online, via the University's Virtual Learning Environment CampusMoodle.

Access to the programme will be given for 8 weeks, with the recommendation that students allow between 40 and 60 hours learning time in total.


There will be an end of module formal assessment, including multiple choice tests with a minimum pass mark of 80%.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


The course is primarily aimed at those who are either starting their career, transferring into or returning to the Oil & Gas industry. It provides background information into how oil and gas is formed, progressing on to more detailed technology and operational topics.

The course material is regularly updated and is written by industry experts.


There are no entry requirements for this course.

You can apply as an individual or your employer can put you forward to study.


The Introduction to Subsea Training Programme costs:

  • £300 for Subsea UK members (VAT included)
  • £360 for non-members (VAT included)
  • £240 for UK Students (VAT included)

Payment using a non-UK card will be charged the above amounts in British Pounds (GBP).

We aim to process registration within 5 working days of paying online, however there may be additional delay to confirm the payment has been received.

If you experience any problems with the online payment system, please email detailing what happened and we will be able to help.

Discounted Rates

If you are unsure if you qualify for discounted rates, please email before completing our registration form.

Delegates employed by a Subsea UK member company must register for the course using their company email address or provide confirmation of their employment with that company. If you are unsure if your company is a Subsea UK member, please go to the Subsea UK website or contact before registering.

UK students will be required to provide confirmation of their student status from their university/college. Students should be able to obtain this from student services.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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