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MSc in Offshore Engineering (ODL)

JPT/BPP(N-DL/526/7/0147)01/25

 

Introduction

Offshore industry is a relatively recent industry that has rapidly expanded during the last 70 years.  Challenges in the industry arise such as has never been encountered before. These challenges can only be synthesised and solved by upgrading and enhancing the knowledge related to offshore engineering.

 

The oil and gas industry plays a significant role in Malaysia's economy. The nation largely derives these resources from offshore reserves. It is predicted that there will be a shortage of talent in Malaysia in the oil and gas industry. This complexity is due to the large segments of workforce approaching retirement and the lack of skilled graduates from Malaysian universities. In order to fill in the skill gap and lack of talent, it is necessary to develop graduates who are trained and versed in various offshore engineering areas.

 

The pedagogical goal of the MSc Offshore Engineering Programme is to educate fresh graduates/junior engineers, who are serving oil & gas companies, to be able to take a leadership role and superior technical knowledge required in the offshore industry. This is achieved through 7 core technical modules, 2 technical electives, 3 university modules and a research project based on real industry problem. Each module is being taught by established academician and industry experts within the offshore engineering domain.

 

Open Distance Learning (ODL) programme

NEW! ODL (Open and Distance Learning) is offered for full time and part time modes​. Courses will be conducted through interactive online platform coupled with limited face-to-face meet up. 

 

Why You Should Join Our MSc in Offshore Engineering?

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities, i.e. wave tank, commercial software license, library with access to broad collections of online reading resources, etc.

  • Industry based Research project which will be evaluated by an industry expert

  • Adjunct lectures conducted by local and international practitioners

  • Opportunities to conduct internship in oil and gas companies


Programme Educational Objective

  • Offshore Engineering specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions
  • Industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society

 

Programme Outcomes 

  • ​Demonstrate continuing and advanced knowledge in Offshore Engineering and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multi-disciplinary context
  • Analyse and evaluate critically problems in Offshore Engineering particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools and techniques
  • Appraise available information and research evidence in Offshore Engineering and apply it in the engineering context
  • Plan and perform research undertakings in Offshore Engineering professionally, ethically and responsibly
  • Report technical findings in both written and oral forms
  • Recognise the needs for continuing professional development in Offshore Engineering


Course Duration and Offering

This course is available in both ​Full-Time and Part-Time.

Mode Minimum Duration Maximum Duration
Full-Time 12 months 36 months
Part-Time 24 months 72 months

 

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, and
  • For international students, TOEFL score of 500 OR IELTS score of 5.0 OR its equivalent

​Fee Structure

Local Students

International Students

 

Programme Curriculum Structure

Courses Credit Hours
Core Modules
Wave Hydrodynamics 3
Structural Dynamics 3
Meteorology and Oceanography 3
Design of Fixed Offshore Structures 3
Offshore Foundations 3
Risk, Reliability & Integrity of Offshore Structures 3
Offshore Project Management 3
Technical Elective​
Technical Elective 1 ​3
Technical Elective 2 ​3
Research Project
Research Project I 2
Research Project II 8
National Requirement
Research Methodology 2
University Requirement
Project Management 2
Data Analytic 2
Total 43

 

Courses Course Code​ Credit Hours
Technical Elective (select 2 modules)
Offshore Engineering Materials VBM5133 3
Geotechnics and Geohazards ​VBM5313 3
Advanced Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity ​VBM5323 3
Finite Element Method for Offshore Structures ​VBM5333 3
HSE Management in Offshore Engineering ​VBM5343 3
Offshore Pipelines ​VBM5353 3
Design of Floating Offshore Platforms VBM5363​ 3
Coastal Engineering & Sediment transport VBM5373​ 3
Offshore Positioning ​VBM5383 3
Subsea Technology VBM5393​ 3

 

Subject by Semester 

Course Planning for Full Time Students (4 semesters)

Course Name Code Credit Hours
Semester 1 ​ ​
Wave Hydrodynamics VBM5113 3
Structural Dynamics VBM5123 3
Research Methodology ​SNB5032 2
Meteorology and Oceanography VBM5143 3
Technical Elective 1 Refer to Technical Elective 3
Semester 2 ​ ​
Project Management SMD5052 2
Design of Fixed Offshore Structures VBM5153 3
Offshore Foundations VBM5163 3
Risk, Reliability & Integrity of Offshore Structures VBM5173 3
Technical Elective 2 Refer to Technical Elective 3
Semester 3 ​ ​
Data Analytic DAM5362​ 2
Offshore Project Management VBM5183 3
Research Project I VBM5213 2
Semester 4 ​ ​
Research Project II VBM5227 8

Course Planning for Part Time Students (6 semesters)

Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours
 
​1
​Wave Hydrodynamics VBM5113 ​3
​Structural Dynamics VBM5123 ​3
Research Methodology SNB5032 ​2
​​Sub-Total ​8

 

Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours
 
​2
​​Meteorology and Oceanography VBM5143
​Technical Elective 1   Refer to Technical Elective 3
​​Sub-Total ​6

 

Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours
 
​3
​Project Management SMD5052 ​2
​Design of Fixed Offshore Structures VBM5153 ​3
Offshore Foundations VBM5163 ​3
​​Sub-Total ​8


 

Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours
 
​4
​Risk, Reliability & Integrity of Offshore Structure VBM5173   ​3
​Technical Elective 2 Refer to Technical Elective ​3
​​Sub-Total ​6

 

Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours
 
​5
​Data Analytic DAM5362 ​2
​Offshore Project Management VBM5183 ​3
Research Project I VBM5213 ​2
​​Sub-Total ​7

​Semester ​Course Name ​Code ​Credit Hours​​​​
​6
​ ​
Research Project II VBM5227 ​8
Sub-Total ​​8
Total Credit Hours​ ​ ​ ​43

Programme Module Synopsis

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5113

Wave Hydrodynamics

​​3 credits

​This course covers fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, wave theories and wave forces.  Also, this course covers use of various transducers for static and dynamic measurements, model tests in wave tank and wave flume & analysis of responses.


Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5123

Structural Dynamics

​​3 credits

This course will discuss structural dynamics of offshore structure, i.e. Dynamic Loads, Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) Systems, Multi Degree of Freedom (MDOF) Systems and Earthquake Response of Linear Systems and its related concept. Assessment on uncertainty of concept parameters and its effect on design output also will be discussed.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5143

Meteorology and Oceanography

​​3 credits

This course will discuss Metocean conditions which have conventionally been one of the prerequisite considerations in the design of installations, rigs and pipelines as well as the operations of vessels, helicopters, ROVs and divers. It deals with the complexities of meteorological and oceanographic effects on the offshore conditions as well as its combined effects. As such, failure to comprehend these factors will result in overdesign that will cause financial overruns or potential structural disaster as a result of inadequate metocean considerations. This course will delve into the interpretation and analysis of operational metocean results to be utilized in identifying weather windows as well as forecast of weather conditions for operations.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5153

Design of Fixed Offshore Structures

​​3 credits

This course covers introduction to Jacket platforms, GBS & Jack-up platforms, various steps in the structural design of offshore platform components, overall design of fixed platforms using software, solutions for industry requirements and preparation of working drawings at various stages of design.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5163

Offshore Foundations

​​3 credits

This course will discuss design of offshore foundation, i.e. pile foundation, suction pile, spudcan and shallow foundation and its related design parameters. Assessment on uncertainty of design parameters and its effect on design output also will be discussed.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5173

Risk, Reliability and Integrity of Offshore Structures

​​3 credits

This course will discuss deterministic and probabilistic design and assessment procedures, particularly methods of probabilistic reliability analysis. Assessment on the system strength and fatigue of a platform will also be discussed.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5183

Offshore Project Management

​​3 credits

Project management tailored for specific niches like that of oil and gas is a highly sort after skillset among graduates today. Interested candidates, who enroll in this course, will be on a platform for them to get exposed to and gain holistic insights, views and knowledge of the oil and gas industry as a whole via specially designed academic delivery modules and systematic evaluations in the form of quizzes, assignments, case studies and the like. As a first course in Oil and Gas project management, it will serve as a bridge between engineering technicalities and the more subjective knowledge of managing projects in the oil and gas industry. This is expected to give students the appropriate skillset that can be built upon joining the industry which will facilitate their becoming of competent specialist Oil and Gas Project leaders.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5133

Offshore Engineering Materials

​​3 credits

This course covers introduction to materials in offshore applications, metallic materials, non-metallic materials and failure of materials and structures.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5313

Geotechnics and Geohazards

​​3 credits

This course will discuss salient aspects of site investigations, soil testing and geohazards related to offshore structures. The course emphasizes on the impact of the behaviors of structure to be designed on soil testing and soil modeling. Furthermore, soil exploration campaign is also treated as risk mitigation process as part of geotechnical risk management process.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5323

Advanced Theory of Elasticity

​​3 credits

Theory of Elasticity is the branch of Solid Mechanics which deals with the stress and displacements in elastic solids produced by external forces or changes in temperature. The  purpose of study is to check the sufficiency of the strength, stiffness and stability of structural elements.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5333

Finite Element Method for Offshore Structures

​​3 credits

This course gives an introduction to finite elements in engineering that consist of fundamental concepts and the basic element formulations.  It also gives the applications for problems related to fixed and floating offshore structures and ends with typical problems solved by using generic FE tools.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5343

Health, Safety and Environment for Offshore Engineering

​​3 credits

The objective of this Course is to enable students to gain knowledge and skills in key HSE Risk Management applicable to the offshore exploration and production cycle and to equip them with the relevant competencies to assess the relevant hazards, estimate and evaluate the acceptability of the risk posed by various activities and the controls required to ensure safe planning and execution of activities in the exploration and production at offshore facilities.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5353 

Offshore Pipelines

​​3 credits

This course covers pipeline design, route selection, installation and construction methods, its risks, accidents and repair.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5363

Design of Floating Offshore Structures

​​3 credits

This course covers introduction to floating platforms, various steps in the structural design of floating offshore platform components, overall design of floating platforms using software, solutions for industry requirements and preparation of working drawings at various stages of design.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5373

Coastal Engineering & Sediment Transport

​​3 credits

This course covers the fundamental principles and concepts of ocean and coastal engineering. It provides better understanding to the influencing environmental parameters that affect the respective coastal processes. This knowledge will be used to formulate sediment transport and budget in the coastal area which will lead to the development of appropriate coastal protection & structures. The course will also expose the students to the basic components of coastal hydraulic study and to relate the importance of such environmental concerns in the design and construction of coastal structures.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

VBM5383

Offshore Positioning

​​3 credits

This course will cover aspect of geodesy applicable in offshore positioning, the latest instrumentation involved and the associated quality measure and quality assurance relevant in offshore positioning. Application of precise offshore positioning for monitoring an offshore platform deformation will also be presented.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

 VBM5393

Subsea Technology

​​3 credits

This course covers various aspects of subsea production systems, equipment, manifolds, wellheads and tress, subsea umbilical system, risers and pipelines.


Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc in Offshore Engineering degree will enhance their employment and career prospects in the global oil and gas industry. The degree is also a good starting point for a career in research and academia.


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CONTACT

Programme Manager

Dr. Ng Cheng Yee
Email: chengyee.ng@utp.edu.my

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Last updated on 21 October 2020​