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MSc Marine Engineering

Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Accreditation: RINA / IMarEST
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
  • Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021: 1st in the UK and 4th in the world for Marine/Ocean Engineering

Study with us

  • enables graduate engineers or those from related disciplines to specialise in, or convert to, marine engineering
  • enhance your teamworking and communication skills with group project work
  • being led by key experts and academics, work in groups to solve real marine engineering problems of today and future
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Why this course?

Marine engineering involves the systems and equipment on board 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.

close up of ship propeller and rudder

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

The programme consists of three components:

  • instructional modules
  • group project
  • individual project

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 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 will 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:

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

Accreditation

This course is accredited 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.

 

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
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Course content

A typical selection of modules offered on the programme are outlined below. Please note that these classes may be subject to change.

Semester 1

Shipping Economics and Market Sector Analysis

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the financial and operational issues that companies that manage or own ships in the various sectors of merchant shipping face, both charter and liner shipping, as well as an acquaintance with maritime sector infrastructures.

This module covers:

  • international seaborne trade
  • economic model for perfect competition conditions
  • shipping markets and commodities transported
  • charter shipping and the liner market
  • supply chain management and logistics
  • marine transport systems infrastructures
  • geography of marine transport

At the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • develop an understanding of the application of basic economic concepts in the shipping sector, its role in the world economy and the role of market sectors in seaborne transportation
  • be in a position to assume managerial decisions concerning the charter market sector (wet and dry bulk cargoes)
  • make decisions involving liner shipping issues and maritime transport system infrastructures

Assessment and feedback are in the form of a two-hours final exam during the Semester 1 exam diet and a group coursework assignment on selected contemporary topics of shipping economics and market sector analysis.

Systems Availability & Maintenance

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

This module covers:

  • introduction to reliability and maintenance (definition of reliability, hazard, risk, maintenance, maintainability, criticality, availability, etc)
  • reliability tools (qualitative and quantitative like FMEA, FMECA, FTA, ETA, BBNs, Markov Analysis, HAZOP, HAZID, etc)
  • risk and criticality matrices
  • corrective, preventive, predictive, condition-based maintenance
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Risk Based Inspection (RBI) methods. Condition Monitoring (ConMon) tool, Planned Maintenance Systems PMS, Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
  • case studies/applications regarding machinery and hull structure of ships
  • regulatory regime in relation to ship operations and maintenance (IMO, IACS, OCIMF, HSE-Safety case/ALARP, etc.)
  • research and applications in the maritime sector (i.e. FSA, GBS, TMSA, KPIs etc.)
  • preparation for dry-dockings, inspection, maintenance and repairs of ships and offshore structures, quotation lists, etc.
  • assessment of ship operational case studies
  • seminars/lectures from invited experts (maintenance/condition monitoring experts, ship managers/operators to give seminars on planned maintenance/dry-docking planning, day-to-day ship operations)

At the end of this module you'll be:

  • able to understand and apply various reliability software tools, concepts and strategies with application to the maritime/marine industry
  • aware of the different maintenance methodologies and their application in the maritime field and carry out maintenance strategy case studies

Assessment and feedback are in the form of the submission of one coursework assignment related to reliability and criticality analysis tools and a final exam associated to the above topics.

Inspection & Survey

This module 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.

Marine Engineering Simulation and Modelling

The aim of this hands-on module is to provide you 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.

This module will teach the following:

  • introduction to simulation and advanced simulation techniques
  • introduction to modelling dynamic systems
  • time, Frequency (Fourier) and Complex Frequency (Laplace) domain models
  • introduction to Linear and non-linear concepts
  • numerical solution of dynamic systems
  • modelling examples and techniques: mechanical systems, electric systems, hydraulics, thermal and fluid systems
  • simulation of complex systems in marine engineering
  • diesel engine thermodynamic modelling
  • propulsion system modelling
  • ship power plant components modelling
  • develop models for ship power plant components

On completion of the module you're expected to:

  • become familiar with state-of-the-art techniques employed for the modelling and simulation of Marine engineering systems
  • have an understanding of simulation methodology, capabilities and evaluation procedures for a range of marine systems
  • acquire the necessary skills to perform simulation scenarios as well as to analyse and interpret simulation results

Assessment comes in the form of modelling and simulation of a marine engine/propulsion system, use of the results to comprehend the system behaviour/response. You'll need to submit a report and give a presentation describing your work.

Onboard Energy Management & Marine Environment Protection

This module 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. To 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.

This module covers:

  • IMO MARPOL 73/78 Conventions on engine emission control
  • Marine engine emissions control: primary and secondary techniques
  • Fuel cell technology for ships, Alternative fuels and energy sources
  • Issues of supply and use of low sulphur bunker fuels
  • Ballast water management
  • Overview of energy issues worldwide and necessity for energy management systems onboard.
  • Major energy systems onboard and aspects of their design, manufacture and operation.
  • Utilisation of waste heat energy on ships: waste heat recovery.
  • Exergy analysis for thermal energy system onboard.

At the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • describe the key issues in marine environmental protection
  • demonstrate an awareness of regulations concerning marine environmental protection
  • show an understanding of the formation and reduction technologies for marine emissions
  • be capable of estimating energy consumption and saving for the different energy consumers on ships
  • demonstrate an understanding of the on-board procedures and operations which minimise emissions
  • demonstrate an understanding of energy systems design and systems integration
  • conduct calculations involving marine energy systems components and consumers
  • acquire the key skills for estimating energy consumption and saving
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to optimise equipment in order to minimise emissions
  • demonstrate an understanding of useful work and exergy
  • conduct energy and exergy analysis for both components and whole thermodynamic system onboard

This is a coursework-class test assessment module, no exam. There are two coursework assignments and one class test, each contribute 50%, 25% and 25% to the final assessment respectively.

Semester 2

Advanced Marine Engineering

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of advanced topics of vibrations, their measurement and troubleshooting in marine engineering systems; marine engineering systems of LNG carriers and operation.

This module covers:

  • vibration fundamentals
  • harmonic motion, natural frequency
  • free vibrations/Forced vibrations
  • vibration isolation
  • torsional vibration analysis of ship propulsion systems
  • vibration measurement
  • LNG introduction
  • LNG Ships
  • cargo tank systems and equipment
  • re-liquefaction plants and boil off control
  • LNG ship power systems

At the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • understand marine engineering systems vibrations as well as their analysis, troubleshooting and measurement
  • understand LNG market as well as LNG carrier onboard systems and their operation

There is a two hour examination at end of Semester 2 which contribute 70% of the final mark of the module. There are two course work assignments, each contributes 15% to the final mark.

Maritime Safety & Risk

This module 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 different phases of the life cycle of a vessel (design, construction, operation and end-of-life) and, as such, this module will also elaborate on the practicalities of its application to a range of marine scenarios.

This module covers:

  • safety, risk and risk analysis; key terminology; lessons learnt from past experience; human factors.
  • formal safety assessment
  • hazard Identification
  • frequency analysis and consequence modelling
  • quantitative risk assessment methods
  • risk control and decision support, cost benefit analysis
  • human Factors and Safety culture in the maritime
  • industry guest lectures addressing topical issues related to maritime safety and risk

At the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • understand the concepts and importance of safety, risk and of all requisite fundamentals enabling quantification of risk in the maritime context
  • utilise methods and tools undertaking fundamental studies, specific to any component, system or function and in general first-principles implementation to life-cycle design
  • understand and have experience of the use of risk analysis in the marine field via related case studies (risk-based ship design, operation and regulation).
  • be able to appreciate components of a formal safety assessment and apply it for indicative problems of maritime operations

Assessment and feedback are in the form of one final exam (during Semester-2 diet) and two coursework assignments (assignment-one focusses on accident investigation, assignment-two is a safety assessment case study).

Group Project

This module 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, to analyse your 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.

The module will teach the following:

  • a detailed structure for the class is outlined in the Project Brief presented to the students. This includes details of key milestones and assessment criteria
  • the project brief is reviewed each session to reflect changing technical and economic opportunities in the fields of activity embraced by the Department’s MSc courses

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  • develop a broad but nevertheless critical review of prospects for techno-economic growth in maritime related activities in a particular context/area of the world
  • propose and evaluate specific design-related activities with a view to proposing a future research and/or development project in, for example, key areas such as offshore hydrocarbon support; marine construction/repair diversification; or maritime transportation, tourism and leisure
  • present a research/development proposal to a panel drawn from industry and academia and defend the recommendations

The assessment for each group member will be made through continuous project management, the submission and presentation of the interim report as well as the submission and presentation of the final report and peer assignment.

Semester 1

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.

Semester 2

Autonomous Marine Vehicles and Digital Twin

Digitalisation has become an essential part of the maritime industry, ultimately steered at making the sector more innovative and productive, particularly for Autonomous Marine Vehicles (AMVs).

A digital twin is a dynamic digital representation of an AMV, capable of replicating significant aspects of autonomy, including dynamics, control, guidance, and navigation. The idea is to create a virtual version of the AMV to achieve a realistic, digital simulation of the system utilising the state-of-the-art physical models.

The digital version of the system can be then utilised to mirror the behaviour of the real-world twin using the sensor updates and historical data. The digital twin can be employed to perform complex scenarios simulation to mitigate loss or performance decay by recommending changes in the use of the AMV and increases the success-probability of the mission.

Mathematical modelling and simulation of AMV is a necessary part of the digital-twin contact development. This course aims to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required to model, simulate and then analyse the complex non-linear behaviour of AMV using MATLAB/Simulink.

This module covers:

Introduction

1. An introduction to Autonomous Marine Vehicles: capabilities and potential.
2. AMV Design parameters.
3. Overview of AMV Power and Propulsion.

Modelling and Dynamics of Autonomous Marine Vehicles

4. Hydrodynamic forces and moments.
5. Six degrees of freedom of equations of motions.
6. Models for wind waves and ocean currents.

Guidance, Navigation and Control

7. Reference models
8. Trajectory tracking and manoeuvring control
9. Control methods for AMV

Modelling of Power and Propulsion plant

10. Models for propellers and motors
11. Thrust and torque modelling

AVM Applications

12. Autopilot models
13. AMV Propulsion Plant Modelling and Simulation

On completion of the model you're expected to be able to:

  • understand the fundamentals if digital twins idea and concepts; including the benefits of using digital twins for Autonomous vessels. Critically evaluate how the digital twin concept is utilized for replicating significant aspects of autonomy.
  • assess the strength and weaknesses of the digital representation of the systems, interpret the mathematical equations utilized to replicate significant aspects of autonomy
  • implement efficient numerical models to develop dynamic simulation of real AMV problems, including behaviour prediction and performance optimisation using MATLAB/Simulink
  • design test procedures to evaluate the model performances. Develop an appropriate experimental research design for an engineering case study taking into account practical limitations.

Assessment and feedback are in the form of modelling and simulation of autonomous vessels, make use of numerical simulation techniques to obtain knowledge and to comprehend the system dynamics, behaviour and response. You're requested to submit two reports, the developed digital twin models, and give a presentation describing your projects.

Risk Management

You'll explore the entire process of structuring a risk problem, modelling it, supporting and communicating recommendations, both theoretically and in practice. Risk management is linked with decision analysis in so far as we explore decision-making under uncertainty and it has links with quantitative business analysis as we explore the use of statistics in understanding risk. However, the topic has some unique attributes such as risk communication and the role that experts play in risk assessment.

Data Analysis for Engineering

Data-driven decision-making is becoming a crucial skill to deal with emerging marine engineering systems that generate vast amounts of data from the automation system. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the general concepts, advantages and limitations of Data-Driven methods for naval and marine engineering applications.

The module covers methodologies necessary for inferring useful information and identifying underlying patterns from raw, incomplete, noisy and corrupted data that is present in real-life marine engineering applications. This is achieved by introducing concepts and methods used to numerically model a wide range of naval and marine systems based on available data.

The module will also provide you with the opportunity to explore advanced solutions of data analytics such as nonlinear models, model selection and error estimation. The course is designed for post-graduate students who are interested in data analysis and machine learning applications. An engineering background, statistical and numerical skills would be beneficial but not necessary.

This module covers:

Introduction

1. An Introduction to Data Mining and Statistical Learning
2. Variable types and terminology

Data, Uncertainty and Learning Problems

3. Basics of Statistic
4. Regression and regression problems

Data Preprocessing and Exploratory Data Analysis

5. Data preprocessing
6. Data reduction
7. Dimensionality reduction

Supervised Learning

8. Regression
9. Classification

Overfitting and Regularization

10. Data splitting
Perceptron, Neural Networks and Kernel
11. Geometry Notation
12. Perceptron
13. Neural networks
14. Kernels

Unsupervised Learning

15. K-Means Clustering

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  • describe a number of models for supervised, unsupervised inference from data. Critically evaluate statistical analysis. Critically assess the fit of statistical models.
  • assess the strength and weakness of each of these models, interpret the mathematical equations from linear algebra, statistics, and probability theory used in the learning models
  • implement efficient learning algorithms in the MATLAB language, applied to naval architecture and marine engineering problems
  • design test procedures in order to evaluate the model hyperparameters (model selection) and it’s error (error estimation). Develop an appropriate experimental research design for an engineering case study taking into account practical limitations

Summative assessments in this module will evaluate your learning, knowledge and proficiency in the context of data-driven methods. Summative assessment will be used in conjunction and alignment with formative assessment as appropriate for this module.

Learning & teaching

There are two teaching semesters of 11 weeks each.

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

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

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.

Student competitions

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & 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, our students 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

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.

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.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£9,250

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,250

International

£23,050

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

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Placements & field trips

Travel to the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory may be required depending on selected courses. Frequency variable: Average 5 visits if relevant to subjects. Bus fare £2-3 each way.  

Other costs

Access cards are provided free of charge. £10 charge to replace a lost card.

Visa and immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to 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 support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships for International Students

If you're an international applicant applying for an postgraduate taught programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your tuition fees, which will typically be £3,460. In addition to this, we also have a limited number of Dean’s International Excellence Awards for our postgraduate taught applicants. These scholarships are worth £5,000 and £8,000 and will be offered to exceptional applicants at postgraduate taught level only. Applicants need to only submit one application and will be considered for all levels of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an postgraduate taught programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time postgraduate taught programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2022-23), this can be in September 2022 or January 2023.

The deadline for applications for the Dean’s International Excellence Award is 31 May 2022.

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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

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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