MScAdvanced Naval Architecture

Why this course?

Naval architecture is an ever-evolving industry with many specifications and unique challenges. In studying this course, you'll have the opportunity to become a competent naval architecture graduate which industry is looking for.

This course addresses an identified market need for a postgraduate qualification relevant to the naval architecture industry, and which develops skills and knowledge in technical and engineering aspects of that industry.

Designed for graduates in naval architecture, offshore engineering and related disciplines, you'll gain advanced knowledge of naval architecture, marine design and marine structures.

What you'll study

You'll study a blend of compulsory and elective classes, including a group project, along with an individual project. The taught parts of the course will comprise 120 credits, including a 40-credit group project.

The taught part of this postgraduate programme includes classes in:

  • Ship Design and Safety
  • Hydrodynamic Performance
  • Ship Structures

Group project

You’ll be part of a group of three to five people working as a consultant team for 10 weeks. You'll address a practical engineering problem and have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industry experts. The project will provide you with an enriched experience in the selection, conceptualisation, and designing of a novel vessel or an offshore asset. It'll also include a thorough market review, concept, and focused design studies and techno-economic analysis in a simulated design project environment.

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


We have excellent teaching facilities including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest fully operational 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 including high-performance computers
  • Industry standard software package

Guest lectures

The group project will be assessed by a panel of industry experts.

We aslo run a Marine Forum seminar series for all students studying in the Department, which is timetabled into all MSc programmes. The seminars are delivered by industrial experts, visiting academics and researchers of the Department in subjects relevant to the marine industry. As well as providing an opportunity for making contacts, specific seminars are also arranged to provide careers advice and promote membership of professional societies including the accrediting bodies.

Course content


Semester 1

Advanced Marine Structures

This class provides students with an understanding of the response of surface ships, at both a global and a local level. The module will start with an introduction to ship structures and structural design principles. It will then teach the loads acting on ship structures, longitudinal strength of surface ships and analysis and design of columns and beam-columns.

Ship Powering in Service

This class starts with the energy balance of a motorship and reviews the major contributors to the performance losses of a ship in-service. These include the resistance/power increase due to wind, waves, rudder actions/hull drift, hull roughness, biofouling etc. It also discusses the fundamentals of these contributors and describes how to estimate the ship performance losses due to these effects.

Advanced Marine Design

This class aims to familiarise the students with challenges of deploying optimisation approaches in the engineering design process, including the pros and cons of different approaches widely adopted for single and multi-variable problems. The class will also address challenges associated with optimisation using resource-intensive analysis techniques, and the challenges of shape representation and shape optimisation with particular reference to ship hull form optimisation

Theory and Practice of Marine 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.

Semester 2

Ship Operability and Control

This class provides the fundamental concepts associated with the principles of manoeuvring and control theory, with a focus on vehicles operating on or below the air water interface. Students will also learn seakeeping trials, roll stabilisation, slamming, deck wetness and propeller emergence. It'll also cover long term statistics and operability of ships based on limiting criteria.

Maritime Safety and Risk

This 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 and, as such, this class will also elaborate on the practicalities of its application to a range of marine scenarios.

Maritime Regulatory Framework

This class aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the marine regulatory framework, including background to its development, description of the current framework and future enhancements, an in-depth explanation of the theoretical background, nature and meaning of each method of assessment and a quantitative demonstration of the available routes and criteria used in assessing safety.


Semester 1

Inspection and Survey

This class aims to provide students with an insight into ‘marine’ materials, their properties, failure and protection and an understanding of how their degradation affects the life-cycle of marine and offshore structures. It also aims to engender an understanding of the role of inspection and the assessment of inspection results. The class is designed to provide knowledge of the major threats to marine asset integrity including corrosion.

Maritime Transport and Economics

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

Semester 2

Data Analysis for Engineering

This class focuses on Data Driven Models for engineering applications, including linear and nonlinear models, model selection and error estimation. Numerical examples and real-life problems will be studied and analysed, from bearings fault prediction, to fuel consumption optimisation and sound pressure level prediction.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

Classes are delivered in form of formal lectures supported with tutorials and laboratory experiment.

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 classes the final assessment mark typically consists of 30 to 40% course work and 60 to 70% examination.

Entry requirements


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


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 held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding


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


  • £8,100

Rest of UK

  • £9,250


  • £20,050

Please note

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


We believe there will be a huge home/EU and overseas demand for these graduates.

Job titles for future graduates of this postgraduate programme include but not limited to:

  • Graduate/Senior naval architect
  • Marine surveyor
  • Academic/Researcher
  • Design engineer
  • Fleet manager
  • Consultant

Our graduates should be able to work at:

  • Classification societies
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Shipping companies
  • Research centres, experimental facilities and universities
  • Naval architecture companies

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Advanced Naval Architecture

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Advanced Naval Architecture

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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