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MSc/PgDip Technical Ship Management

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Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Accreditation: RINA / IMarEST
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
    PgDip: 9 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

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  • 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
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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.

Ship's superstructure, bridge and navigation sensors

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 (MSc only)

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 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
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Course content

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

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.

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).

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 and a quantitative demonstration of the available routes and criteria used in assessing safety.

This module includes the theoretical background to the development, relevant theoretical models, content, similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages deriving from the use of various rules and regulations:

  • Maritime Regulatory System – Introduction
  • Key stakeholders in Maritime Regulations and Enforcement
  • Imo, FLAG States and Classification Societies
  • EU regulatory Politics and Policy
  • Shipping and Environment
  • ISM and Human element in Shipping
  • Rule Development process and Philosophy
  • Offshore Regulations

At the end of this module, you'll:

  • understand the structure and functioning of Marine Regulatory Framework including, IMO, Classification Societies and National Authorities
  • have knowledge on International regulations under IMO framework including, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM and Offshore Regulations
  • understand the issues with maritime and environmental safety and how rules are developed to address these issues
  • understand the meanings of Prescriptive, probabilistic, performance and equivalent rules and approaches
  • have developed awareness about the future regulatory developments that may affect the design and operations of the ships and other floating structures

Assessment and feedback are in the form of two course work assignments and an exam. One assignment will be individual, and the other will be a group assignment (max 3-4 people per group). The final exam will be one hour long and purely focusing on the Fundamentals of Marine Regulatory Framework. You'll be provided with the material for the exam.

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.

Onboard Energy Management and 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.

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.

Group Design Project

The overall aim of the module is to provide you with an enriched experience in the selection, conceptualisation and designing of a novel vessel or an offshore asset. The group projects will also include a thorough market review, concept and focused design studies and techno-economic analysis in a simulated design project environment. It will also provide you with an opportunity to present their project outputs to a panel involving academic/industry staff.

This module covers:

  • development of a broad but nevertheless critical review of prospects for techno-economic growth in maritime related activities in a particular context/area of the world
  • proposal and evaluation of specific design-related activities with a view to developing a design project to a concept level but with substantial calculations in at least one design objective
  • demonstration of analytical ability and understanding of engineering principles and problem-solving techniques, creativity and self-reflection
  • the ability to present and defend the design choices to a panel.

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

  • identify and prioritize the key-design issues along with their basic interrelations in the context of naval architecture
  • materialize a design project according to a given timeline through design steps along the key-design-issues priority path
  • work efficiently and openly in a collaborative context involving different cultures and expertise
  • choose at each design step the proper rationally-based computation methods

Assessment and feedback are in the form of either design report or presentation. There will be five tasks: each task may include the submission of a design report or an oral presentation followed by questions from the lecturers and the advisory groups.

Financial Engineering

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

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:


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.

Inspection and Survey

This module aims to provide you 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 module is designed to provide knowledge of the major threats to marine asset integrity including corrosion and its control for equipment constructed in a wide range of materials, fatigue and fracture of steels.

This module covers:

  • Ship structural behaviour and introduction to fatigue and fracture (10 hours “face to face” lecture/tutorials and Myplace e-lectures)
  • Nature and complexity of marine structures and their failure modes
  • SN Curves and Miners summation
  • Fracture mechanics approaches to crack assessment
  • Crack growth curves
  • Toughness measurements – Charpy, K, G, J CTOD

Corrosion in the Ocean (14 hours, lectures/tutorials):

  • basic electro-chemistry mechanism of corrosion
  • review of different types of marine corrosion including stress/corrosion interactions
  • corrosion protection measures

On completion of the module, you're expected to:

  • have gained a basic understanding of threats to offshore structures, the effect of defects and appropriate methods for detection
  • understand the basics of fatigue analysis and fracture mechanics approaches to defect assessment
  • appreciate how material properties and assumptions about properties affect the life cycle and inspection of marine structures and how to assess “fitness for purpose”
  • understand the basics of electro-chemical corrosion of metals
  • recognise the various ways in which the marine environment can induce serious deterioration of structures by different corrosion processes
  • have a critical appreciation of the techniques of control of corrosion in marine engineering equipment

Assessment is in the form of coursework which provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific and key skills. The medium also allows you to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus. It will be two coursework assignments, and you'll have enough time to submit your assignment in Myplace.

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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.

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.


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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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 is £2-3 each way.  

Other costs

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

Visa & immigration

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

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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.

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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.

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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 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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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 International Scholarships January

If you're an international applicant applying for an postgraduate taught programme in the Faculty of Engineering starting in January 2023, 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 January 2023.

The deadline for applications for the Dean’s International Excellence Award is 30 November 2022.

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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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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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Technical Ship Management

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