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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.


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.

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

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.

Finite Element Analysis of Floating Structures

This class aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse floating structures with ANSYS, a commercially available finite element analysis program.

Particular emphasis will be given to ANSYS graphical user interface (GUI) and Workbench platform.

Year 2 - Hamburg University of Technology

Instructional classes
  • Structural Analysis of Ships & Offshore Structures
  • Ship Design
  • Ship Vibration
  • 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 the University of Strathclyde in Year 1.

You'll study at Hamburg University in Year 2.

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 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 will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

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.


  • Year 1 (2019/20 entrants) - £5,400
  • Year 2 (2018/19 entrants) - £5,250

Rest of UK

  • Year 1 (2019/20 entrants) - £5,975
  • Year 2 (2018/19 entrants) - £5,850


  • Year 1 (2019/20 entrants) - £11,375
  • Year 2 (2018/19 entrants) - £10,725

How can I fund my course?

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excllence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc 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 MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Department scholarships

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.

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.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

International students

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

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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Ship and Offshore Technology

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

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