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MScShip & Offshore Technology

Why this course?

This programme is designed for graduate engineers in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and other related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects of ship and offshore technologies.

This two-year course is offered jointly with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Germany. Year 1 is completed at Strathclyde and Year 2 in Hamburg. The award is made in the name of both universities.


We have excellent teaching facilities at the University of Strathclyde 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

TUHH is one of Germany’s newest and most successful universities.

Teaching staff

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


All of our degree programmes are and to be (2014) 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

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering 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

Additional information

Before starting the second year (Hamburg) you’ll have the opportunity to complete an intensive German language course. It is offered as a four-week summer school in August or as a three-week course in October.

Course content

Year 1 - University of Strathclyde

Offshore Engineering Practice

This class aims to provide an overview of offshore hydrocarbon production to allow understanding of the essential processes.

The emphasis is on the technical developments, particularly in the last 20 years.

It also aims to provide in-depth understanding of some selected technical aspects of the offshore engineering through a series of extended seminars delivered by practicing experts from the offshore engineering industry.

Risers & Mooring Lines

This class aims to provide an overview of the current deepwater oil and gas developments around the world and the technical challenges in terms of riser and mooring line design.

It will also demonstrate methods for modelling and analysing risers and mooring lines.

Marine Pipelines
This class aims to provide you with an in-depth insight into marine pipelines with emphasis on the overall design process, pipeline hydraulics analysis, installation methods, environmental loading and stability, materials selection and corrosion prevention.
Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations
This class aims to provide knowledge in order to understand the factors influencing the dynamic behaviour floating offshore structures due to environmental forces. It also aims to develop skills in order to predict the dynamic motion response of floating offshore platforms.
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.

Design & Construction of Floating, Production, Storage & Offloading Vessels

This class aims to provide an introduction to the shipbuilding technologies and equipment used in the construction of FPSO vessels.

It will also provide an introduction to the ship design process as applied to FPSO vessels.

Theory & Practice of Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

This class aims to introduce the students to the theoretical background of marine CFD using the finite volume method.

It also aims to illustrate the key ideas related to discretisation and solution of the Momentum and Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible flows and to discuss some key issues related to the use of CFD packages in practical applications.

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.

Group Project

This class aims to give you a good understanding of all aspects of research work. In addition, the technological study must be accompanied by 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 themselves, 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.

Research Project

The research project is a ‘mini’ MSc individual project, with the main focus on critical review, identifying and selecting research areas and planning.

This will lead to the MSc thesis in the second year.

Year 2 - Hamburg University of Technology

Instructional classes
  • Structural Analysis of Ships & Offshore Structures
  • Ship Design
  • Seakeeping of Ships & Laboratory on Naval Architecture
  • Master Thesis

Elective classes

Elective classes
  • Ship Vibration
  • Non-Linear Structural Analysis
  • Fatigue Strength of Ships & Offshore Structures
  • Arctic Technology
  • Innovative CFD Approaches
  • Manoeuvrability & Shallow Water Ship Hydrodynamics

Learning & teaching

You’ll study at University of Strathclyde in Year 1.

Between the end of Year 1, April/May and October you’ll do a research project, move to Hamburg and complete a German Language course.

This is offered as a four- week summer school in August or as a three-week course in October.

You can choose the moving date which may depend on your research project. This can be supervised in conjunction with a TUHH professor.

Lectures in Hamburg are held in English. You’ll attend lectures between October and February and then complete exams between February and March.

Following March, you’ll complete your dissertation.


Assessment is through written examinations, coursework assignments and an individual project thesis.  There are teamwork exercises assessed on a continuous basis.

Entry requirements


BEng degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a marine or marine-related engineering subject.

It is essential to have sufficient knowledge on structural mechanics, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, ship resistance and propulsion, ship design, etc.

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 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?

As MSc Ship & Offshore Technology is a two-year joint course in conjunction with Hamburg University of Technology, fees are taken in two instalments, 50% at the beginning of Year 1 and 50% at the beginning of Year 2.


  • 2017/18 Year 1 - £4,100
  • 2017/18 Year 2 - £3,850

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 Year 1 - £5,850
  • 2017/18 Year 2 - £5,850


  • 2017/18 Year 1 - £10,350
  • 2017/18 Year 2 - £10,100

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, our Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering 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 and the Society for Underwater Technology. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

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.

Special scholarship for German students

German students may apply at TUHH for a DAAD-scholarship parallel to their application. Contact Sören Elhers for further information.

Please note

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


There are opportunities for you to work in:

  • Oil & gas companies
  • Shipbuilding companies
  • Classification societies
  • Firms specialising in riser & mooring analysis
  • Marine consultancies

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