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MSc/PgDipMarine Engineering

Why this course?

This programme allows graduate engineers or those from related disciplines to specialise in, or convert to, marine engineering.

Marine engineering involves the systems and equipment onboard marine vehicles including:

  • design
  • construction
  • installation
  • support

There’s a particular emphasis on propulsion and control systems.

High efficiency and low environmental impact of marine engines are the key factors in assuring economical operation and environmental protection in maritime transportation. This has important implications for both economic success and environmental impact.

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME)´╗┐, a leading institution in Scotland, offers excellent teaching and research facilities in naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, which expands your career opportunities in naval architecture, marine, offshore oil and gas industry.

You’ll study

The programme consists of three components:

  • instructional modules
  • group project
  • individual project (MSc only)

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people in ‘consultant teams’ for 10 weeks addressing a practical engineering problem. You’ll then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.

This project will enhance your team working and communication skills. It also provides valuable access to industrial contacts.

It'll give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by a survey of the relevance and applicability of the findings to the maritime industries at large.

You'll learn efficient ways to gather information, to distribute workload and to delegate amongst the group, to analyse their results and to appreciate the broader implications of the whole project. In-depth technological studies will be accompanied by increasingly important competence in managerial skills, quality assurance and a sound appreciation of the economic, political, social and environmental issues crucial to professional success.

Individual project (MSc only)

MSc students will take on an individual dissertation on a topic of their own interest. The aim of the individual project is to develop your research skills and to combine many of the aspects learned from other modules within a specific topic. This'll be achieved by you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to your chosen theme and preparing a dissertation.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

Teaching staff

You’re taught by dedicated staff with diverse expertise and research activities.

Find out more about our staff.

Accreditation

All of our degree programmes are, or are to be (2014), recognised professionally by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.

Student competitions

NAOME supports and promotes students in various competitions and awards, from cash bursaries for top performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years, students from NAOME have been triumphant in the following high profile competitions:

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET Awards)
  • Best Maritime Technology Student (SET Awards)
  • Double winner of BP’s Ultimate Field Trip Competition
  • Strathclyder of the Year

Course content

Instructional classes

Advanced Marine Engineering
This class aims to offer you knowledge of advanced topics of vibrations, their measurement and troubleshooting in marine engineering systems; marine engineering systems of LNG carriers and operation.
Marine Engineering Simulation & Modelling

The aim of this hands-on class is to provide students with an understanding of the general concepts, advantages and limitations of computer-based system simulation.

This is achieved by introducing concepts and methods used to mathematically model a wide range of marine systems and also to design and perform simulation studies on these systems using industry standard simulation software tools.

Inspection & Survey

This class provides you with an insight into ‘marine’ materials, their properties, failure and protection and an understanding of how degradation affects the life-cycle of marine and offshore structures.

Particular emphasis is on inspection and assessment of inspection results, corrosion, fatigue and fracture of steels and the corrosion properties of high-strength and stainless alloy steels.

Maritime Safety & Risk

The class aims to demonstrate how the principles and methods of risk analysis are undertaken and reflected in safety assessment.

Risk analysis offers a variety of methods, tools and techniques that can be applied in solving problems covering the whole life cycle of a vessel (design, construction, operation and disposal) and, as such, this module will also elaborate on the practicalities of its application to a range of marine scenarios.

Onboard Energy Management & Marine Environment Protection

This class  is split into two parts.

Part one aims to provide you with knowledge and awareness of issues in marine environmental protection, environmentally-friendly shipping and international conventions and regulations of environmental protection and introduce the state of the art technology applied in the industry and future trends.

Part two will provide you with knowledge of ship energy management systems and energy resources including the optimisation and integration of machinery and power systems in a sustainable manner.

Systems Availability & Maintenance

This class aims to provide an insight into the qualitative and quantitative systems’ reliability techniques as well as maintenance methodologies with particular emphasis to the maritime industry.

The course will give students the ability to formulate, solve, report and present a comprehensive maintenance strategy based on the application of reliability and criticality analysis and assessment tools.

The module will also provide students with an insight of the day-to-day operations of ships as well as explore and present features related to ships dry-dockings, inspection, repair and maintenance scheduling, regulatory regime as well as practical case studies on the above.

Marine Transport & Economics
To provide an insight into the markets, economics and operational systems which are fundamental to the provision of waterborne transport.

Elective classes

Information Management

This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems. In particular to introduce you to the software engineering process, identifying information requirements and visual modelling. Also to acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems.

In addition to this it will provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems. It will also familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and an introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system.

Risk Management

Under Health and Safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it's mandatory for many industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”.

This class aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. You'll have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to variety of engineering examples.

Financial Engineering

The class aims to introduce elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises.

Design Management

This class provides a structured introduction to the design management process, issues and tools.

Project Management

This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in project management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching periods (semesters) of 12 weeks each. Some of the second semester subjects are taught over eight weeks. This is so that you can devote as much time as possible to your individual project work.

Course modules are delivered in the form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiments.

Guest lectures

During term time, we arrange weekly seminars in which leaders and pioneers of the maritime, oil and gas and marine renewables industries visit the department and present to students. This is a great way of supplementing your education with the latest developments and gaining industry contacts for your future career.

Industrial visits are also made to a variety of companies.

Assessment

There are two types of method for module assessment. One is course work assessment only, the other is exam assessment. For examined modules the final assessment mark consists of 30-40% course work marks and 60-70% exam marks.

Entry requirements

MSc

BEng with First, or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours or equivalent overseas qualification.

PgDip

Applicants with marginally lower qualifications will be considered for the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, NAOME also has several organisations offering sponsorships and scholarships to students each year, including:

  • RINA
  • IMarEST
  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation
  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
  • the Society for Underwater Technology

Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the scheme and what courses are eligible.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

As a graduate you’ll be prepared for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the marine and related industries.

These include:

  • marine engineering machinery & system design
  • surveying
  • technical superintendence
  • project management
  • safety management
  • support services
  • classification societies
  • consultancy services

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