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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Sustainable Engineering: Marine Technology

Why this course?

Marine Technology is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme.

The course is designed for experienced or newly qualified engineers in:

  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering or related disciplines

This flexible programme combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. The programme has been developed with direct industrial involvement to provide you with a solid understanding of modern, sustainable engineering. As well as gaining an understanding of how sustainable engineering applies to Marine Technology, this programme will also provide you with key transferable skills to aid your employability.

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

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

You must take three specialist modules if you are studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you are studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Group project

You’ll work with a group of students from different pathways of the Sustainable Engineering programme. You’ll produce sustainable solutions to real-life industry problems. This project will include site visits, field trips and progress reports to industry partners.

Successful completion of eight modules and the group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Individual project

MSc students will study a selected topic in depth and submit a thesis.

Successful completion of eight modules, the group project and an individual project leads to the award of an MSc.


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

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

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 modules

Marine Transport & Economics (NM949)

This module aims to provide an insight into the markets, economics and operational systems which are fundamental to the provision of waterborne transport.

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.

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.

Advanced Marine Structures

This class aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse marine structures with ANSYS, a commercially available finite element analysis program. Particular emphasis will be given to APDL language.


This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. The social, environmental and economic impact of development strategies will be identified and the mitigation of negative impacts discussed.

Design Management

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

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.

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.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching periods (semesters) of 12 weeks each. The first semester is usually from the beginning of October and the second semester starts at the end of January.

Some of the second semester subjects are taught over eight weeks so that the you can devote as much time as possible to your individual project work.

Each year about 15 experts from the industry give talks and seminars on wide-ranging topics. Industrial visits are made to a variety of companies.

You’re required to attend an induction prior to the start of the course.


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

Entry requirements

First degree or other qualification equivalent to an Honours degree in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline. Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2014/15 - £3,900
  • 2015/16 - £4,500

Rest of UK

  • 2014/15 - £9,000
  • 2015/16 - £9,000


  • 2014/15 - £15,900
  • 2015/16 - £16,700

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 and the Society for Underwater Technology. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

Please note

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


As a graduate you’re prepared for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the marine and related industries. These include:

  • design and construction of all types of marine vehicles
  • project management
  • systems design
  • safety management
  • support services
  • classification societies
  • consultancy services.

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