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Subsea Engineering

Global Subsea Engineering

Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Global Subsea Engineering)
1 year, 2 months full-time


Take your subsea engineering career around the world, with this degree taught jointly by Curtin University and the University of Aberdeen.

Subsea Engineering


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Industry links

Western Australia is the hub of the Australian oil and gas industry. 

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Subsea engineering is a highly technical, multidisciplinary profession that deals with safe, reliable and controlled upstream delivery of hydrocarbon resources, from subsea wells to surface process facilities or markets.

Typically, subsea engineers are responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and in-service integrity management of equipment and infrastructure such as trees, jumpers, manifolds, umbilicals and pipelines for offshore oil and gas production.

The underwater environment, combined with hydrocarbon production, provides unique challenges for subsea engineers. Temperature, pressure, corrosion and wave forces all challenge the functional design and durability of submerged equipment. In addition, subsea engineers must ensure the marine ecosystem is protected at all times. 

This course offers industry exposure to two major oil and gas hubs. Curtin has linked with The University of Aberdeen to provide a joint master degree program in subsea engineering, enabling you to learn and apply the technical knowledge required for working in the oil and gas industry in an international context.

You will complete four units at each university, first in Perth and then at Aberdeen. The units may be delivered face-to-face or online, depending on the institution. You will then undertake a research project supervised jointly by Curtin and Aberdeen. This may entail an industry-sponsored topic, providing an opportunity to connect with companies in Perth or Aberdeen and gain international experience and recognition. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a degree recognising your study at both institutions. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

Curtin University’s subsea program is uniquely structured, industry relevant and internationally based. It provides a range of courses (i.e. Graduate Diploma, Master and Master of Science), matched to qualification and work experience level, to develop your subsea engineering skills so that you are industry ready: technically competent and oil and gas business aware.

The courses will provide you with the technical, systems and commercial skills required to assess, select, design, install, operate and maintain subsea developments. The courses are also uniquely delivered in a collaborative manner utilising Curtin academic, industry and university alliance subject matter experts.

Professional recognition

Accreditation of this course is being sought and will be consistently applied at Aberdeen and Curtin. The purpose of this accreditation is to achieve international recognition, for example by the Washington Accord, assisting with global employment opportunities.

Career information

Career opportunities include specialist subsea engineering development, project and operational roles with oil & gas operators, major subsea equipment suppliers and international engineering, fabrication, installation, commissioning and production consultants/contractors.

What you'll learn

  • apply subsea engineering knowledge to field developments at a recognised international level; extend the boundaries through research to improve the safety, environmental and economic sustainability for offshore operations
  • critically analyse a subsea engineering problem and apply sound engineering principles to determine alternative solutions; utilise intellectual questioning independent and creative thinking to select optimal solutions
  • identify, research and inquire into discipline problems; source and evaluate data using appropriate technologies; synthesise and analyse data with a dispassionate perspective
  • communicate effectively in a variety of contexts; develop the capacity to use informed argument and reasoning and utilise a wide range of oral and written communication styles
  • implement, evaluate and adapt appropriate technologies for specific subsea contexts; oversee continual design and operational improvement of subsea systems
  • appreciate the need for, and develop, a lifelong learning skills strategy; be open to furthering personal development and self-reflection beyond graduation
  • recognise the global nature of the oil and gas industry and apply global standard practices and skills for acceptable engineering outcomes regardless of discipline or geographical location
  • exhibit awareness and appreciation of social and cultural diversity; identify cultural perspectives and practices affected by oil and gas developments and production operations
  • employ professional behaviours in all areas of engineering design as a practicing subsea engineer; participate independently or collaboratively adopting a leadership role when required, demonstrating ethical behaviour at all times

Admission criteria

  • A recognised bachelor degree in engineering with first- or upper second-class honours.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic:
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

There are additional costs associated with studying at the University of Aberdeen which will need to be met by the student. These costs include travel, accommodation, living, visa and health insurance expenses.

You will also need to meet the minimum English language requirements of both institutions:

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $28,200*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-GSSENG
  • CRICOS code: 094354G
  • Last updated on: April 22, 2021