- Start date: January & September
- Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time
Study with us
- develop skills essential for efficient management of ships and fleets
- develop multidisciplinary skills
- designed to give graduate engineers and well-qualified sea-going personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for technical ship management
Why this course?
Ninety percent of world trade is carried by sea. You'll gain an understanding of the subjects essential for effective and efficient management of ships and fleets. This course allows you to develop multidisciplinary interests and skills by working with other areas of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering.
As a graduate you could expect to work in the industry as a technical ship superintendent or manager.
What you’ll study
The programme consists of three components:
- instructional modules
- group project
- individual project (MSc only)
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 then have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industrial experts.
This project will enhance your team working and communication skills and also provides valuable access to industrial contacts. In addition, you'll gain a good understanding of all aspects of research work. 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. Indepth 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.
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
- Cutting-edge computer facilities
- Industry standard software
A typical selection of classes offered on the programme are outlined below. Please note that these classes may be subject to change.
Shipping Economics and Market Sector Analysis
This module aims to provide students 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. In addition, an acquaintance with maritime sector infrastructures is provided.
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.
Maritime Regulatory Framework
This module 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
- a quantitative demonstration of the available routes and criteria to assessing safety
Systems Availability & Maintenance
This class aims to provide an insight into the qualitative and quantitative systems’ reliability techniques as well as maintenance methodologies with particular emphasis to the maritime industry.
The course will give students 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 students 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.
Onboard Energy Management and Marine Environment Protection
This class is split into two parts.
Part one 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.
Part two will 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 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.
This module explores financial options for ensuring the solvency and sustainability of business ventures. It covers topics including financial reporting and financial accounting in relation to the wider issues of corporate behaviour and corporate governance. The module will also look into the implications of the occurrence of financial crises at corporate, national and global levels for financial engineering practice.
Data Analysis for Engineering
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the general concepts, advantages and limitations of data-driven methods for naval and marine engineering 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
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.
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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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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.
Access cards are provided free of charge. £10 charge to replace a lost card.
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 applying for a 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 £3,280.
Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for a 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 programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2021-22).
Find out more about our scholarship for international students
Glasgow is one of the largest centres of ship management industry in the world. There's demand for well-qualified ship superintendents of various levels of practical experience.
As a graduate you’ll be able to make a valuable contribution to the shipping industry.
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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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Start date: Sep 2021
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