Offshore Materials Engineering (Option of Offshore and Ocean Technology MSc) at Cranfield University

Professionally accredited Offshore Materials Engineering Masters

The key features of Cranfield University's Offshore Materials Engineering (option of Offshore and Ocean Technology MSc) include:

  • Accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • Approved by the Energy Institute (EI) for membership
  • Tailored for Industry
  • Cranfield graduates are highly sought after by the offshore sector.

Course Suitability

This course is suitable for science and engineering graduates from various backgrounds and disciplines, and those working in the relevant sectors of the offshore and ocean-related industries.

Career Opportunities

Successful students go on to careers in the offshore and ocean-related sectors such as offshore structural engineering in oil/gas and renewable energy applications. The international nature of such activities means that career opportunities are not restricted to the domestic market; Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.

Teaching Staff

Students are taught by a wide range of experts from the Offshore Technology Group, staff from other academic departments and industrial representatives.

Course Description

The offshore environment can be extremely hostile, placing heavy demands on both fixed and floating structures. It is crucial that the behaviour of the materials from which they are built is fully understood.

A very large number of structures associated with oil/gas already exist and in the future there are likely to be many more associated with renewable sources of energy. The Offshore Materials Engineering option focuses on understanding the influences on the choice and use of materials offshore and how different materials can be selected to help overcome some of the problems.

Course Structure

The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual thesis project.

Course Modules

Students complete six core modules with a further two optional modules selected in consultation with the Course Director. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.

  • Corrosion in the Offshore Environment
  • Failure of Materials
  • Materials in the Offshore Environment
  • Offshore Inspection
  • Project Management
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Offshore

Optional modules

  • Diving Science and Technology
  • Offshore Pipeline Design and Installation
  • Offshore Renewable Energy - Technology
  • Offshore Renewable Energy - Management
  • Reliability Engineering and Asset Risk Management
  • Subsea Oil and Gas Exploitation
  • Underwater Vehicles and Systems

Group Project

The group project is an applied multidisciplinary, team-based activity. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.

Individual Project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in the offshore industry. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.


  • Taught modules 40%
  • Group project 20%
  • Individual project 40%

For part-time students a dissertation replaces the group project.


The MSc course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for CEng, CMarTech and MIMarEST. The MSc has also 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.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

The Pre-Master's Course in Engineering is available for students whose prior qualifications do not reach the standard entry requirements for a Masters programme. Successful completion results in registration for this Cranfield MSc.

Start Date and Duration

The full-time Offshore Materials Engineering (option of Offshore and Ocean Technology MSc) commences each October and is of 12 months' duration. The course is also available on a part-time basis for persons working in industry. Part-time students are expected to complete the programme within three years.


Bursaries available - up to £5k + fees*

Suitably qualified applicants can apply for funding through the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT). Other funding opportunities exist, such as School bursaries. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. Please note that a formal offer of a place on this course must have been received before consideration can be given for funding. For more information on funding opportunities please see:

How to Apply

You can apply online or download an application form from:

Specialist Equipment

Students benefit from access to a range of facilities including our state of-the-art corrosion laboratories to support investigations of materials used offshore

For more information please contact: [email protected]

T: +44(0)1234 754086


*Full time students only. Conditions apply, details on application

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this article?

Leave your feedback