Curtin University has become the first tertiary institution in Australia or New Zealand to launch a master degree to meet demand for deep-water subsea engineering services.
With increasing numbers of projects relying on subsea systems, and the likely proliferation of floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing technology in coming years, Curtin’s director of oil and gas projects, Brian Evans, said the demand for trained professionals was poised to rise.
“Our new Curtin Master of Subsea Engineering will help build the number of engineers ready to get to work with companies developing equipment to operate in such conditions,” Professor Evans said.
Curtin has also become a founding member of the Global Subsea University Alliance, a group that includes the University of Houston, the National University of Singapore, the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bergen.
Students will be given the opportunity to study abroad to gain specialist knowledge, Professor Evans said.
The two-year degree will be available for students in 2014.