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MSc/PgDipOffshore Floating Systems

Why this course?

This programme is for graduate engineers in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and other related disciplines who wish to pursue a career in offshore engineering.

It provides you with practical knowledge of offshore floating systems. You’ll look at their conceptions, design and installation. You’ll also gain a sound basis of mathematical and engineering fundamentals.

With the world-wide search for offshore oil and gas moving into increasingly hostile areas of ocean and deep and ultra-deep water, floating systems are becoming more widely used. Floating systems must be designed and built to withstand harsh environments with innovative methods and techniques being adopted to develop robust as well as economically efficient and safe structures. In meeting these challenges, concern for the environment is of increasing importance.

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME)´╗┐, a leading institution in Scotland, offers excellent teaching and research facilities in Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine engineering, which expands your career opportunities in naval architecture, marine, offshore oil and gas industry.

You’ll study

The programme consists of three components:

  • instructional modules
  • group project
  • individual project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills.  It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It will give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This will be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • marine engine laboratory
  • hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • cutting-edge computer facilities
  • industry standard software

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Student competitions

NAOME supports and promotes students in various competitions and awards, from cash bursaries for top performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years students from NAOME have been triumphant in the following high profile competitions:

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET Awards)
  • Best Maritime Technology Student (SET Awards)
  • Double winner of BP’s Ultimate Field Trip Competition
  • Strathclyder of the Year

Course content

Instructional classes

Inspection & Survey

This class provides you with an insight into ‘marine’ materials, their properties, failure and protection and an understanding of how degradation affects the life-cycle of marine and offshore structures.

Particular emphasis is on inspection and assessment of inspection results, corrosion, fatigue and fracture of steels and the corrosion properties of high-strength and stainless alloy steels.

Offshore Engineering Practice

This class aims to provide an overview of offshore hydrocarbon production to allow understanding of the essential processes. The emphasis is on the technical developments, particularly in the last 20 years.

It also aims to provide in-depth understanding of some selected technical aspects of the offshore engineering through a series of extended seminars delivered by practicing experts from the offshore engineering industry.

Risers & Mooring Lines

This class aims to provide an overview of the current deepwater oil and gas developments around the world and the technical challenges in terms of riser and mooring line design.

It will also demonstrate methods for modelling and analysing risers and mooring lines.

Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations
This class aims to provide knowledge in order to understand the factors influencing the dynamic behaviour floating offshore structures due to environmental forces. It also aims to develop skills in order to predict the dynamic motion response of floating offshore platforms.
Finite Element Analysis of Floating Structures

This class aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse floating structures with ANSYS, a commercially available finite element analysis program.

Particular emphasis will be given to ANSYS graphical user interface (GUI) and Workbench platform.

Maritime Safety & Risk

The class aims to demonstrate how the principles and methods of risk analysis are undertaken and reflected in safety assessment.

Risk analysis offers a variety of methods, tools and techniques that can be applied in solving problems covering the whole life cycle of a vessel (design, construction, operation and disposal) and, as such, this module will also elaborate on the practicalities of its application to a range of marine scenarios.

Design & Construction of Floating, Production, Storage & Offloading Vessels

This class aims to provide an introduction to the shipbuilding technologies and equipment used in the construction of FPSO vessels.

It will also provide an introduction to the ship design process as applied to FPSO vessels.

Elective classes

Advanced Marine Structures

This class aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse marine structures with ANSYS, a commercially available finite element analysis program. Particular emphasis will be given to APDL language.

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Theory & Practice of Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

This class aims to introduce the students to the theoretical background of marine CFD using the finite volume method.

It also aims to illustrate the key ideas related to discretisation and solution of the Momentum and Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible flows and to discuss some key issues related to the use of CFD packages in practical applications.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Course modules are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

Guest lectures

During term time, we arrange weekly seminars in which leaders and pioneers of the maritime, oil and gas and marine renewables industries visit the department and present to students. This is a great way of supplementing your education with the latest developments and gaining industry contacts for your future career.

Industrial visits are also made to a variety of companies.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is examination assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30-40% course work marks and 60-70 examination marks.

Entry requirements

MSc

BEng with First, or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours or equivalent overseas qualification.

PgDip

Applicants with marginally lower qualifications will be considered for the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, NAOME also has several organisations offering sponsorships and scholarships to students each year, including RINA, IMarEST, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, American Bureau of Shipping, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Society for Underwater Technology. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates will be well-prepared for a challenging career in all sectors of offshore engineering dealing not only with offshore floating systems but also fixed marine structures.

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Offshore Floating Systems

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Offshore Floating Systems

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Offshore Floating Systems

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Offshore Floating Systems

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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