The UK is a maritime nation, receiving a significant contribution to its economy from sea-related activities. It is estimated that these activities account for nearly 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provide employment for almost one million people.
Demand for well-qualified personnel with expertise across a number of fields is high and is likely to remain so. With teaching driven by up-to-date research and a history of expertise in this area, graduates of the Offshore and Ocean Technology course are well respected and highly sought-after by organisations operating in this sector.
The course aims to provide an understanding of the underlying science and engineering principles and relevant management techniques in relation to a student’s chosen specialisation. It will raise students’ awareness of recent technical developments within the relevant industries and improve communication, presentation, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Students select one of five options:
- Offshore Materials Engineering
- Offshore Renewable Energy
- Pipeline Engineering
- Risk Management
- Subsea Engineering .
This MSc course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for CMarTech and MIMarEST. All options are also accredited for CEng. In addition, the MSc has been approved by the Energy Institute (EI) for membership, and as meeting the Engineering Council UK’s further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer registration under UK-SPEC.
Students on this course benefit from access to state-of-the-art corrosion laboratories, diving tanks, autonomous and remotely operated vehicles for undersea applications, and a hyperbaric chamber for deep water welding.
The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual thesis project. The modules provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.
There is a strong emphasis on applying knowledge in the industrial environment. As a result, a major learning experience for full-time students is the industrial group project. This involves working in teams to fulfil objectives within a time schedule, applying state-of-the-art technologies and approaches, and delivering results to a high, professional standard.
Individual thesis project
The individual thesis could be based within a company or on any relevant research area within Cranfield University. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge and overcome genuine problems.