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Graduate Diploma in Subsea Engineering

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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About this course

Do you have an engineering degree or significant expertise in subsea engineering? Deepen your knowledge and develop the highly specialised skills and knowledge required for working on locating, extracting and transporting offshore energy reserves with this Graduate Diploma in Subsea Engineering.

This on-campus Curtin University course covers offshore oil and gas development and subsea infrastructure. Our subsea engineering courses are designed in close collaboration with industry and include opportunities to complete supervised industry projects providing students with meaningful exposure to the subsea engineering oil and gas industry to help you graduate career-ready.

These courses provide you with an in-depth understanding of areas such as subsea infrastructure, construction maintenance, and more, offering you a unique learning and networking experience.

This diploma delves into a range of subjects, including: corrosion chemistry, introductions into offshore petroleum engineering, subsea field equipment, subsea control and communications.

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree at honours level (or with a high course-weight average) in engineering (applicants with other qualifications may be considered); OR
  • Students with extensive work experience and suitable science background will also be considered.

Regardless of your chosen area of study, Curtin University also requires that you demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this subsea engineering course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to offshore petroleum engineering
  • Phase behaviour and flow assurance
  • Introduction to subsea infrastructure engineering
  • Safety, reliability and integrity management
  • Corrosion chemistry
  • Subsea field equipment
  • Subsea surveying and installation
  • Subsea control and communications

You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

Ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2016, Curtin University is a top-tier institution that puts innovation at the heart of its teaching philosophy.

Thanks to a combination of strong industry partnerships and a commitment to carrying out high-impact research, Curtin brings together some of the most respected researchers from around the globe and offers its students the opportunity to study and conduct research through more than 60 research centres, institutes and collaborations.

Curtin University’s core mission is to transform lives and communities through education. Its dedication to education access is reflected in the university’s array of scholarships and financial assistance programs, its years of experience offering courses online, and innovative initiatives such as its Autism Academy program – a program that aims to harness the unique talents of young people with Autism to provide pathways into the ICT industry.

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Curtin University offers a broad range of student support services to help you perform at your best.Online students have 24-hour access to Curtin’s online learning platform, Blackboard, where they can interact with coursework, submit assignments and collaborate with fellow students. If you encounter any technical problems, Curtin’s IT support team is contactable from 6am-11pm every day during the semester. Curtin also runs free study skills workshops and student mentoring programs on campus to help you progress through your course.

The university also provides support for online and on-campus students that extends beyond your academic studies. This includes free counseling sessions, disability support services and careers advice through its Careers Centre.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Subsea Engineering from Curtin University.

You can pursue a career with various members of the oilfield industry, including the oil majors, subsea equipment suppliers and service companies.

You also have the option of pursuing further study, such as the Master of Subsea Engineering. Engineers Australia professionally recognises graduates of this master's degree as charted subsea engineers.

Curious about where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Curtin University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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