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BEng Hons Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Applications from prospective students submitted through UCAS after the 26 January application deadline will be considered on a case by case basis where places remain available. Please contact us to check availability.

Key facts

  • UCAS Code: JH65
  • Accreditation: Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology
  • Complete University Guide 2022: 6th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

  • Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021: 1st in the UK and 4th in the world  for Marine/Ocean Engineering

  • Second-year entry: available for suitably-qualified students

Study with us

  • gain skills to tackle engineering challenges on a range of marine vehicles
  • access facilities such as our towing/wave tank, engine lab, virtual reality lab and full mission ship bridge simulator
  • opportunity to train to use our 33-foot racing yacht
  • international work placement opportunities
  • access to departmental & faculty sponsorship & scholarships

The Faculty of Engineering has one of the largest scholarship portfolios in the UK and receiving a scholarship has really helped me to alleviate financial worries, allowing me to concentrate on my university work.

Eric Brown, MEng Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering

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Why this course?

Naval architects and marine engineers deal with the world’s largest moving structures and most powerful vehicles – from huge ships to sailing yachts, from fast ferries to offshore wind turbines and oil platforms.

Marine engineering is the engineering speciality of design, construction, installation and operation of machinery and propulsion systems for ships and marine structures.

This degree aims to develop engineers capable of dealing with engineering challenges on a wide range of marine vehicles, with additional skills and understanding in the impact and importance of marine engineering on their successful design, construction, repair, and maintenance.

In addition to core naval architecture subjects, you'll study a range of specialised marine engineering subjects, such as control theory and practice, electrical systems, design of marine engines (diesel, diesel-electric and gas turbine), propeller and shafting systems, system design and simulation, green technology and fuel cell technology.

For BEng students with the appropriate level of academic performance, the opportunity to transfer on MEng programme is available.

close up of ship propeller and rudder

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study


Years 1 & 2

Our courses have a common core on which you’ll build more specialist knowledge. In Years 1 and 2, you’ll follow this core, so it’s possible to change course.

You’ll study engineering science and the fundamentals of naval architecture including:

  • buoyancy and floatation
  • stability
  • ship types
  • terminology

As you progress, you’ll study more specific naval architecture subjects such as:

  • resistance and propulsion
  • ship structural analysis
  • ship design
  • marine engineering systems
  • business and management subjects

Years 3 & 4

You’ll study more advanced subjects related to the design of conventional ships, and the range of machinery and systems which provide the various services required onboard ships.

You’ll study state-of-the-art tools for analysing the water flow around ship hulls, the stresses and strains in the hull structure, and the behaviour of ships in waves. You’ll also study the design of machinery, power and electrical systems, transmission and propulsion systems as well as refrigeration and heating systems.

There’s also a specialised individual project on a subject which you will choose. This can involve any combination of calculations, design, computer studies or tank-testing using any of the department’s facilities.

Top 10 for Mechanical Engineering. Complete Uni Guide League Tables 2022.
Top 10 for Mechanical Engineering. Complete Uni Guide League Tables 2022.
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.
Scottish University of the Year
Scottish University of the Year

Open days & events

Applicants are invited to attend 'Insight', a half-day introduction to the department, which includes a question and answer session with a member of staff.

You can discover more about the degree programmes and the department, take part in activities and meet current staff and students. A number of these events are held between November and March. Please contact us regarding visits at other times.

My team won the BP Ultimate Field Trip, winning a six-week summer placement in the US and Trinidad & Tobago. I also joined BP’s subsea & floating summer programme and was a runner-up in the Science, Engineering and Technology student of the year awards.

Guy Drori, MEng Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering

Work placement

Lots of our students go on work placements during the summer holidays. Due to our close links with industry, there are many work placement and internship opportunities for students.

Previous work placement opportunities include:

  • student internships at Samsung Heavy Industries shipbuilding yard in South Korea
  • group work experience visits to shipbuilding yards in China
  • numerous summer internships with various high-profile companies in the maritime and oil & gas industries
  • research internships within our own world-class research centre


As a student, you'll have access to:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • 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

Student competitions

We support and promote students in various competitions and awards; from cash bursaries for top-performing students to the highest of awards from international organisations.

In recent years, some of 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

Student mentoring

The Orchid programme is a mentoring programme for students managed by students in a confidential manner. It aims to assist students to achieve their academic goals and graduate with honours.

Orchid’s main objectives are to:

  • allow additional support and development for those who do not usually ask for assistance
  • allow students with high achievements to help fellow students
  • increase camaraderie


Accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and Royal Institution of Naval Architects jointly on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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Course content

Engineering Mechanics

This class will provide the basic tools to prepare you for more advanced studies in your course. You’ll gain an understanding of what has become known as classical mechanics including a study of forces, energy, work, momentum and heat. You’ll learn how these are connected and how they can be applied to engineering problems.

Introduction to Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Students are provided with a background of the various issues, terminology and concepts related to the course. You’ll learn about the importance of marine transportation to the global economy, industry and leisure industries and gain an understanding in applications of fundamental engineering principles related to the marine sector. 

This module covers: 

  • maritime transportation including basic terms and notions in naval architecture, basic hydrostatics, shipping, ownership and registration, and loading and strength
  • lift and drag forces
  • marine engineering, historical trends, current and future development
  • types of ocean/offshore platforms

At the end of this module students will be able to:  

  • possess an awareness of the multicomponent and sociotechnical character of maritime transportation 
  • discuss the basic concepts of buoyancy and distinguish between different types of vessels  
  • identify the primary structural components of a vessel 
  • have a broad understanding/picture of marine engineering  
  • have a broad understanding of key design issues for high-performance marine 

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • a class test (25%)
  • design, build and test project (25%)
  • a final exam (50%)
Analysis Tools for Marine Design

This module aims to equip students with the fundamental graphical and computational tools required for the application of marine design principles and to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate the new theoretical knowledge gained in other modules in Year 1 through numerical exercises. 

This module covers:  

  • introduction to AutoCAD software, drawing elements, editing commands, drawing aids, miscellaneous utilities, use of DXF files, future of C.A.D., drawing exercises  
  • introduction to Rhino: drawing elements, editing commands, drawing aids, miscellaneous utilities, exercises  
  • introduction to Microsoft Excel: simple numerical calculations; use of built-in functions and solvers, graphics  
  • application of Excel to weight and CG estimation  
  • simple numerical quadrature: trapezoidal and Simpsons rule  
  • application of Excel to calculation of cross-section area curve, volume, displacement, centre of buoyancy and form coefficients  
  • import and export of data  
  • introduction to MathCad: working through an introductory example; undertaking a small structural engineering design project  
  • introduction to Matlab: working through an introductory example similar to above  

At the end of this module students will be able to:  

  • familiarise themselves with the use of numerical, graphical tools such as AutoCAD, Rhino, Microsoft Excel, Mathcad and Matlab and be able to use Excel to calculate areas, volumes and centroids of arbitrary-shaped 3D bodies such as ship hulls  
  • use Mathcad/Matlab as a calculation sheet for laying out typical engineering design calculations. This will also act as a revision of some basic maths and concepts such as vectors, matrices, differentiation and integration.  
  • be aware of the application of Mathcad/Matlab as a programming language to simple programming problems such as sorting a list whilst tracking a related list and some basic data analysis of experimental results.

Assessment and feedback are in the form of three coursework assigments. 

Mathematics 1B

This class will provide the basic mathematical requirements to prepare you for more advanced studies in your course. You’ll learn about the concepts and applications of functions, differentiation, integration and complex numbers.

Mathematics 2B

This class will provide the basic mathematical requirements to prepare you for more advanced studies in your course. You’ll learn about the concepts and applications of calculus, geometry, vectors, matrices and numerical methods.

Elective Classes

You can choose one (20 credit) module from any department in the University, as long as it coincides with the availability in your schedule.

Hydrostatics & Stability of Marine Vehicles

This module aims to:

  • introduce the fundamental principles of naval architecture and demonstrates how they are applied in practice for floating bodies
  • consolidate the understanding of the principles of hydrostatics and the stability of marine vehicles, together with their application to safe operation
  • demonstrate the applications of numerical methods

This module covers: 

  • introduction and basic definitions, representation of hull forms and form coefficients  
  • basic principles of flotation  
  • first moment of area and centroid and second moment of area   
  • parallel axis theorem; revision of moments of area  
  • properties of volume, mass, its moments and centroids  
  • numerical integration methods   
  • longitudinal stability and MCT  
  • trimming moment and trim and loading and unloading and their effect on hydrostatics  
  • introduction to transverse stability and definitions and Stability at small angles of heel  
  • suspended weight and free surface effects  
  • inclining experiment  
  • static stability at large angles of heel and cross-curves of stability   
  • loss of stability due to grounding/docking  
  • interpretation of a static stability curve   
  • wind heeling and deadweight moment calculations  
  • principles of dynamic stability  
  • stability of unconventional marine structures  
  • principal methods of approach to damage stability  

At the end of this module students will be able to:  

  • demonstrate an understanding of hydrostatics and moments 
  • apply numerical methods (trapezoidal and Simpson rules)  
  • demonstrate an understanding of transverse and longitudinal stability  
  • demonstrate ability to calculate changes in trim and heeling  
  • understand the procedure of performing inclining tests  
  • understand the meaning of grounding, docking and their effect on transverse stability  
  • demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of damage ship  
  • demonstrate an understanding of various external effects on large angle stability and how to include in the calculations   
  • understand the meaning of free surface effect and how to apply in transverse stability calculations   

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • two class exams: one during the Semester 1 diet and the other during Semester-2 diet
  • two coursework assigments: one in Semester 1 which is a reflective essay explaining observations during a lab experiment. Semester 2 coursework is a practical inclining test and calculation report
Marine Engineering Fundamentals

This class will address the important principles related to marine engineering systems. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of thermodynamics, thermal systems, electrical networks, systems and machines. 

This module covers:  

  • the basic assumptions and laws of fluid mechanics used in the context of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering  
  • the analysis and modelling of physical mechanisms that contribute to ship resistance.  
  • the concept of similitude and the need for model testing.   
  • traditional and modern methods of ship resistance prediction  
  • the fundamentals of ship propulsion/propulsors, basic screw propeller design and propulsive power requirements of ships in the preliminary design stage

At the end of this module students will be able to understand:  

  • the basic principles of thermodynamics
  • thermodynamic cycles, systems and heat engines
  • basic principles and analysis techniques for DC and reactive AC power systems
  • the fundamental electromagnetic principles and the operation of electric machines

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • a class test (30%)
  • two exams (35% & 35%)
Principles of Marine Design & Production

This module covers:  

  • use of naval architecture design software and designing from scratch  
  • modifying existing designs and analysing designs  
  • creating technical drawings and design and analysis processes  
  • report writing  
  • development of a construction methods for ships
  • principal commercial, technical and production activities in ship construction
  • yard layout and layout of steel production areas and workshops
  • steel production methods, equipment and machinery; steel assembly and erection
  • outfitting; group technology; ship commissioning and trials

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • use a naval architecture design software and have an understanding of the basic design process for new vessels   
  • have an understanding of the principal engineering and management activities carried out within a shipyard  

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • the submission of one coursework in Semester 1 related to Maxsurf 
  • the submission of one coursework in Semester 2 related to ship production and shipbuilding
  • a final exam which will take place at the end of Semester 2 associated with the shipbuilding/repair facilities
Analysis & Design of Marine Structures 1

This module aims to develop a basic understanding of the application of structural mechanics to ship and offshore structures and to develop skill in solving simple problems in marine structures using structural mechanics.  

This module covers: 

  • force vectors
  • determination of the resultant vector
  • moment of a force
  • equilibrium of a rigid body
  • free-body diagrams
  • supports for rigid bodies
  • distributed loading
  • truss systems
  • introduction to mechanics of materials
  • stress 
  • strain
  • stress-strain relationships for brittle and ductile materials
  • material constants
  • Stress concentration factor
  • bending
  • transverse shear stress
  • stress and strain transformation
  • internal force and moments
  • torsion
  • shear force and bending moment diagrams
  • deflection of beams and shafts

At the end of this module students will be able to have an understanding of:

  • the basic physical concepts such as force and moment  
  • the conditions to satisfy static equilibrium  
  • how to draw shear force and bending moment diagrams  
  • how to solve truss systems   
  • stress and strain concepts  
  • structural material behaviour  
  • beam bending and transverse shear 

Assessment and feedback are in the form of two exams and two coursework assigments.

The exams are during the exam period of the first and second semester. Each exam has a weight of 40% and each coursework assignment has a weight of 10%. 

Engineering Applications for Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

This module aims to introduce students to engineering philosophy and practice by giving practical experience of research, design and manufacturing processes and technology applications appropriate to naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering.

Emphasis is placed on achieving a satisfactory standard in written and oral reporting recording experience and observations. Students will also gain experience of the use of CAD and CAM software, team working and project planning.  

This module covers: 

  • project planning.
  • risk assessment
  • basic theories required for the project: basic ship hydrostatics, numerical integration in naval architecture, introduction to renewable energy, waves and wave energy devices
  • laboratory safety training
  • design, build and test a wave energy device in an extensive group project

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand safe working practices and risk assessment
  • understand how to plan a project
  • practice in written recording and presentation of work carried out in a major design and build project  
  • have practical experience of team working, design, build and test

Assessment and feedback are in the form of a group project designing a wave energy device and to present the design and write reports to explain each section of the work. 

Mathematics 3B

This class will continue on from your mathematics classes in Year 1, further enhancing your mathematical requirements to prepare you for more advanced studies in your course. You’ll learn about advanced estimation methods, calculus and differential equations.

Fluid Mechanics in Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

This module will develop the fundamentals of fluid mechanics in the context of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering. It aims to provide the students with: 

  • an understanding of the underlying physics associated with fluids
  • the ability to explain physical phenomena involving fluids
  • the ability to do calculations with hydrostatic and hydrodynamic problems.  

This module covers: 

  • the basic assumptions about fluids and their physical properties  
  • basic dimensional analysis  
  • key principles in hydrostatics  
  • basic hydrodynamic equations  
  • potential flow  
  • viscous flow  
  • water waves  

At the end of this module students will be able to:  

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the properties of fluids
  • describe and apply concepts of flow behaviour
  • describe and apply hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles and equations
  • understand and apply the concept of water waves to problems in fluids

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • two 2-hour class exams during the Semester-1 diet
  • four online quizzes tailored to examine the learning outcomes of the module
  • a group presentation applying hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles
Professional Development & Marine Business

This module will provide you with an insight into marine business and allow you to work on your ‘soft’ business skills. You’ll gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of communication, project work, planning and managerial skills, including writing, speaking, listening, interviewing and teamwork. 

This module covers:

  • individual or team? Investigating the benefits of individual and team work using a task which is first performed as an individual and then as a team
  • building your professional career: this session will cover the graduate labour market, highlighting what employers are looking for and how to create a professional CV and cover letter. Students should create their own CV and Cover Letter after the session tailored to a specific internship description  
  • career skills audit: students will peer-review CVs and Cover Letters based on the internship criteria and using a software tool. Students will be better equipped to complete their own personal career skills audit and tailor future applications
  • all about interviews: students will learn about different types of interview and how to prepare for them.  
  • processing and presenting research data: this session is aimed to familiarise students with software “Origin Pro”,  a widely used scientific software for processing data and generating high-quality figures
  • preparing a literature review and using referencing software: this class will cover registering for software “EndNote Online”, creating a library of references, editing references and generating citations using Microsoft Word. Following on from using EndNote, we will look at specialist resources available via the University Library including how to search for literature, transferring relevant references into EndNote, and the basics of good evaluation
  • working as a team: these sessions will investigate aspects of team working with the students including understanding how they operate within a team environment – building on lecture 1 – and working together in a team to solve a problem  

At the end of this module students will be able to:  

  • reflect on their own skills and abilities and present these in a way that is attractive to future employers   
  • prepare and deliver a presentation on a chosen subject  
  • use relevant databases to search for information and present it in a literature review or business plan  
  • work within a group setting to deliver and solution to a practical problem  
  • process and present research data   

Assessment and feedback are in the form of lecture presentations and coursework case studies. 

Marine Design

This module will examine the processes and methods used to design ships and other marine vehicles. You’ll learn about the design processes of marine vehicles and structures and gain an appreciation of the technical, economic and social influences on design and the influences of statutory regulations and classification society rules.

Hydrodynamics, Resistance & Propulsion

This module aims to provide students with an overview of the basic laws of fluid mechanics in the context of the hydrodynamic modelling and performance assessment of marine vehicles in terms of Resistance and Propulsion of Ships. 

This module covers: 

  • the basic assumptions and laws of fluid mechanics used in the context of naval architecture and marine engineering
  • the analysis and modeling of physical mechanisms that contribute to ship resistance
  • the concept of similitude and the need for model testing
  • traditional and modern methods of ship resistance prediction
  • the fundamentals of ship propulsion/propulsors, basic screw propeller design and propulsive power requirements of ships in the preliminary design stage

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • understand the basic approaches used to model fluid flows
  • understand the various components comprising the resistance of ships
  • understand the kinematic and dynamic similarity issues arising in ship resistance prediction
  • get hands-on experience of model resistance experiments for ship resistance prediction
  • get familiar with the fundamentals of propulsion, propeller geometry and propeller design
  • understand of propulsive power requirements including propeller/propulsion tests propeller design and engine selection
  • understand propeller cavitation and full-scale trials

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • two 2-hour class exams during the Semester 1 diet (Hydrodynamics & Resistance) and the Semester 2 diet (Propulsion)
  • coursework analysing the measurements of a resistance experiment
  • coursework for selecting the propeller and engine of a ship and assessing cavitation risk
Marine Engineering Systems & Control

This module aims to introduce fluid mechanics and heat transfer fundamentals, describe the ship piping systems as well as their functionality and design and provide students with an introduction to automation and control theory with applications to marine systems.  

The module covers: 

  • understanding of marine engineering systems
  • understanding of of marine control systems

At the end of this module students will be able to understand:

  • the fluid mechanics and heat transfer fundamentals and be able to use the required principles for analysing the ship fluid-thermal systems
  • how to design and analyse ship piping systems and select the required auxiliary machinery
  • the requirements for and the basic principles of control systems for marine applications
  • how to design and analyse linear continuous and digital control systems
Analysis & Design of Marine Structures 2

This module aims to provide the students with understanding of the techniques which may be used to analyse the elastic behaviour of marine structural components like beams etc. including the calculation of bending moments, stresses and deflections, and to revise the basic ideas of fracture and fatigue.  

This module covers: 

  • static equilibrium analysis of a ship
  • biles-coffin diagram
  • numerical integration
  • moment distribution approach
  • method of superposition
  • moment area approach 
  • buckling of columns
  • thin-walled pressure vessels
  • combined loading
  • thermal stresses
  • plasticity
  • fatigue and fracture
  • corrosion

At the end of this module students will be able to understand:

  • the static equilibrium analysis of a ship  
  • how to use method of superposition  
  • how to utilise moment distribution approach   
  • how to use moment area approach  
  • buckling behaviour of columns  
  • plastic behaviour of structures   
  • the effect of various loading conditions including combined loading and thermal stresses  
  • the effect of fatigue, fracture and corrosion  

Assessment and feedback are in the form of two exams and two coursework assignments.

The exams are during the exam period of the first and second semesters. Each exam has a weight of 40% and each coursework assignments have a weight of 10%.   

The Marine Environment

The aim of this module is to consolidate the introduction to fluid mechanics as applied to marine hydrodynamics, by introducing properties of waves and sea states. Although the emphasis is on waves, the underlying methods are also valid for currents, tides and the wind. This quantitative study of the marine environment will form the basis of hydrodynamic response studies in Year 4.

On completion of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • quantify the characteristics of winds, waves and currents in both deterministic and random sea states.
  • model randomness and uncertainty in the marine environment, and understand how to apply basic ideas of probability.

The assessment consists of:

  • one mid-term written coursework
  • a final written exam

The coursework will focus on assessing the knowledge and understanding acquired by the students in the first part of the module, while the final written exam will provide an assessment relative to the second part of the module.

Principles & Application of Marine Machinery

This module aims to provide students with an overview of major machinery on ships, including working principles, application and design as well as an understanding of interaction and integration of individual machinery components with the ship auxiliary piping systems.   

This module covers:  

  • centrifugal pumps fundamentals  
  • pump performance curves and match with systems  
  • positive displacement pumps fundamentals  
  • power and effective air flow calculation for positive displacement pumps  
  • net positive suction pressure calculation  
  • fuel systems and requirements   
  • deck machinery introduction  
  • cargo handling equipment  
  • boiler and steam systems  
  • engine room design  

At the end of this module students will be able to understand the:  

  • process of design/selection of marine machinery components and their integration with the ship system
  • underlying theory and calculation methods used for component and design and power demand estimations

Assessment and feedback are in the form of a two-hour examination during the Semester 2 diet which contributes 70% to the final mark. 

Coursework, class test and design will contribute 30% to the final mark of the module.  

Business Concepts & International Merchant Shipping

This module aims to provide an appreciation of business activities and related economic concepts in the maritime sector. The module also aims to provide students with an understanding of the shipping environment and of relevant practical economic and business concepts. This module will also offer students the opportunity to prepare a business plan for a proposed new venture. 

This module covers:  

  • introduction to business, marine business and profitability  
  • the types and roles of financial statements 
  • company valuation and measures of merit 
  • the time-value of money and application to shipping investment decisions 
  • international seaborne trade and the nature of shipping companies 
  • introduction to shipping markets 
  • the economics of marine transport 
  • shipping company economics

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • appreciate the general business environment and the role of documents used to assess business performance 
  • understand the structure of shipping companies, merchant ship types, seaborne trades, shipping revenue and costs 
  • recognise the role of time and the measures of merit used to assess an investment 
  • understand the structure and role of a business plan 

Assessment and feedback are in the form of examination (60%), and a business plan project (40%). 

Seakeeping & Manoeuvring

This module aims to:

  • demonstrate the important seakeeping characteristics of marine vehicles and explain the factors influencing this behaviour
  • identify the factors determining the manoeuvrability of a marine vehicle
  • study the implications to design and operability

This module covers the: 

  • importance of seakeeping with background information about ocean surface waves  
  • concept and theory of rigid body dynamics  
  • kinetics of floating structures in waves and how to calculate the ship motions in regular and irregular waves   
  • concept and evaluation of ship manoeuvrability  
  • fundamentals of ship manoeuvring motion in calm water  

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • acquire a knowledge of those design and operational parameters affecting ship motions
  • be able to calculate the wave loading and response of ships or floating offshore platforms  
  • evaluate the contributions of the main design and environmental parameters on the dynamic behaviour of a ship in a seaway  
  • understand the ship manoeuvrability and its contents
  • evaluate the manoeuvrability of ships/fish/submarine in an experimental and mathematical manner
  • understand the criteria to evaluate manoeuvrability and to understand how to improve manoeuvrability  

Assessment and feedback are in the form of a coursework assignment and an exam.  

Theory & Practice of Marine CFD

This module aims to:

  • introduce the theoretical background of marine CFD
  • illustrate the key ideas related to discretisation and solution of the governing equations for incompressible flows
  • discuss some key issues related to the use of CFD software in practical applications

This module covers: 

  • introduction to CFD  
  • modelling - governing equations and their simplified forms  
  • numerical aspects of CFD  
  • introduction to turbulent flow modelling  
  • CFD applications in naval architecture  

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • be familiar with the basis of the key equations used in CFD for incompressible flow  
  • understand the principles of discretisation and solution of these equations  
  • understand the best practices in marine CFD applications and be able to carry out CFD simulations  

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • a two-hour class exam during the Semester 1 diet 
  • a coursework assignment that requires students to carry out CFD simulations
Finite Element Analysis of Marine Structures

This module aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the finite element method and the skills required to analyse marine structures with ANSYS graphical user interface (GUI).  

This module covers: 

  • introduction to finite element analysis and ANSYS Graphical User Interface (GUI)  
  • truss elements and applications  
  • solid elements and applications
  • beam elements and applications
  • plane stress, plane strain and axisymmetry concepts
  • plane elements and applications
  • plate & shell elements and applications
  • assembly process and constructing of the global stiffness matrix  

At the end of this module students will be able to understand:  

  • the basics of finite element analysis     
  • how to perform finite element analysis by using a commercial finite element software  
  • specifying necessary input parameters for the analysis  
  • how to visualize and evaluate the results  

The assessment and feedback are in the form of an exam (70%) and coursework (30%).  

Marine Power & Electrical Systems

This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the design, operation and management of marine power systems and to understand how this knowledge leads towards safe, low environmental impact and economic operation of ships. 

This module covers: 

  • marine power systems  
    • marine engines classification   
    • engine components and systems  
    • engine operating parameters  
    • engine combustion and emissions  
    • propulsion system selection and engine room arrangement   
    • matching engine with propeller
    • gas turbine cycles and marine application 
  • marine electrical systems   
    • active, reactive and apparent power   
    • direct current generators & motors  
    • three-phase AC induction motors  
    • synchronous generators & AVRs  
    • synchronous motors  
    • electric load analysis  
    • ship power distribution  
    • introduction to electric propulsion  
    • power electronic components & power converters
    • DC propulsion drive systems  
    • AC propulsion drive systems

At the end of this module students will be able to: 

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of marine diesel engines and gas turbines
  • understand the ship propulsion plant design and operational aspects
  • gain a broad understanding of ship electrical loads and sources, power distribution concepts and systems
  • understand the working principles and performance/design characteristics of electrical machines.  
  • gain a broad understanding of DC and AC electric propulsion systems

Assessment and feedback are in the form of two coursework assignments (30%) and two exams (70%).  

Marine Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

This module aims to teach theoretical calculation, design and practical application of different refrigeration and air-conditioning systems in marine applications. 

This module covers: 

  • introduction of refrigeration system 
  • vapour compression cycle 
  • refrigerants 
  • vapour-absorption cycles 
  • properties of psychrometric mixture 
  • properties of moist air; air-conditioning thermodynamic processes 
  • air conditioning systems and components 

 At the end of this module students will be able to understand:

  • details of refrigeration cycles theory and system components design   
  • environmental issues of marine refrigerants and alternatives 
  • moist air properties, simple air-conditioning process and integrated HVAC system 
  • design specifications and methodology for HVAC design   

 Assessment and feedback are in the form of coursework and exam.

Marine Transmission & Propulsion Systems

This module aims to provide students knowledge of marine power transmission systems, including gearbox design, propellers and related performance, shaft system arrangement and vibration; give students knowledge and competence to practise as a marine power transmission system designer, superintendent and ship operator; to learn theoretical calculation, design and practical application of a marine transmission system.  


This module covers: 


  • Reduction Gears   
  • Propeller and diesel engine dynamic loads.  
  • Selection of propellers and match with engines  
  • Shaft system arrangement  
  • Shafting and bearing loads  
  • Theory of vibration  
  • Shafting vibration  

At the end of this module students will be able to understand the: 

  • engineering principles behind marine power transmission systems, types, components and design criteria
  • basic principles of shaft system arrangement and design, calculation of shafting and bearing load

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • a two-hour examination during the Semester 2 diet (contributes 70% to the final mark)
  • coursework (contributes 30% to the final mark)
Marine Engineering Project

This module aims to provide students with a stimulating environment to undertake a creative individual project. To reflect on both general and specific aspects of learning undertaken throughout the project, and undertake an evaluation of personal development.

This module covers:  

  • introduction  
  • supervisory meetings  
  • interim report  
  • poster presentation  
  • final report  

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • carry out an individual project in a marine-related area under the supervision of a member of the academic staff  
  • develop skills in technical writing, literature searching, referencing and presentation techniques.  
  • be able to discuss the project, its outcomes and conclusions

Assessment and feedback are in the form of:

  • an interim report,
  • a poster presentation
  • a final report where students present their findings

Learning & teaching

The main methods of teaching are lectures, tutorials, laboratory and group design classes. You can expect an average of 20 hours of these per week. You should supplement this with self-study. Self-study is important as it develops the confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems. This is an essential skill for professional engineers.

Throughout the course, field trips will give you first-hand experience of industrial activities in the marine sector.


The main method of assessment is exams in January and May. Presentations, laboratory reports and other forms of coursework are submitted and marked individually throughout the year.

Each teaching year has two semesters of 10 weeks, which include formal lectures, tutorials, laboratory and coursework assignments, industrial visits, class tests, two weeks of additional tutorials and/or project presentations. This is followed by revision classes, private study and exams.

Most assignments involve associated tutorials for guidance. Group exercises, including presentations and peer assessment, are an important part of your development.


Individual and group projects are a major part of the course from first year. First-year students carry out a basic design, build and evaluate project.

Second-year students work in teams on a more detailed design/build/test exercise as part of the Engineering Applications class.

Part of the third year Marine Design incorporates a ‘rules-based’ group design project.

In fourth year, students carry out a performance-based group design project as well as their major individual project.

In fifth year, MEng students carry out a major, first principles-based, group design project.

External speakers and/or industrial support play an important part in group and individual project work.

Laboratory work

This is introduced from first year with sessions covering basic aspects of hydrostatics and stability.

In second year, students take part in the design and build of a small-scale racing yacht. This combines the use of professional Naval Architecture design software for hull design and computer-aided manufacture for hull generation. This is combined with hands-on practical skills and hydrodynamic testing.

An intensive, laboratory-based class in third year involves more formal experimental testing, in which students carry out a number of hydrodynamics, dynamics and marine engineering experimental projects.

Fourth-year students have the opportunity to carry out a laboratory-based individual project.

Further experimental work is carried out in fifth year as part of the Marine Simulation class. Fifth-year group design teams have access to the laboratory facilities.

Computer software

This is used to demonstrate the practical application of theory and also gives you exposure to current engineering practice.

The use of professional software to solve real engineering problems is introduced in first year and is reinforced throughout subsequent years. You’ll gain exposure to software packages for stability, dynamics and simulation, FEA, hydrodynamics, risk-based design as well as other more specialised software packages.

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.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.


Standard entry requirements*:


(Maths and Physics, or Engineering Science at grades AB/BA)

Minimum entry requirements**:


(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)

Advanced Highers

Maths and Physics recommended

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB

(Maths and Physics)

Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(Maths A and Physics B)

International Baccalaureate

Year 1 entry: 34-32

(Maths HL5, Physics HL5)

Year 2 entry: 36-34

(Maths HL6, Physics HL6)


Year 1 entry: pass a relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit
Year 2 entry: pass a relevant HND, AA in Graded Units

Contact us before applying.

International students

View the entry requirements for your country.

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.

Additional information
  • deferred entry is accepted
  • SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted instead of Higher Mathematics
  • both IB Higher Level Mathematics pathways are accepted

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

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.

Visit our international students' section

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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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Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland


Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2022-23, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes). MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



Scholarship opportunities

In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, our department 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.

New arrangements for scholarships and summer work are added continually so please refer to our scholarship search for more information.

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

Printing Services Printing

Prices variable per size. Poster Printing (costs subject to change):

  • A2 Satin: £14
  • A1 Satin £18.00
  • A0 Satin £30.00 (required to be paid only if departmental deadline is missed)

Placements & field trips

  • travel to the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory may be required depending on selected courses. Frequency variable: average 10 visits if relevant to subjects
  • bus fare £2-£3 each way

Other costs

  • access cards are free or £10 to replace lost cards

Visa & immigration

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

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

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships

If you're an international applicant applying for an undergraduate programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 10% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will typically be £2,240.

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate 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 undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2022-23).

Find out more about the international scholarship
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With skills including analytical, numeracy and problem-solving Naval Architecture and High Performance Marine Vehicles graduates are suited to a wide range of career opportunities.

Our graduates work in Defence, Marine Designers, Oil and Gas – subsea, on-shore/off-shore, Ship classification, Technical Services, Engineering consulting. Job titles include Naval Architect, Junior Naval Architect, Ship Surveyor, Marine Engineer and Project Engineer.

Graduate achievements

Graduate Peter Dow won the Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Award and best Maritime Technology Award for his excellent fourth year project on carbon capture and storage.

Martin Shaw, a former student of the department, is behind the design of the snake-like Pelamis wave energy device in Orkney.

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering graduate Phil Kirk works as a Marine Engineer on one of Disney’s huge cruise ships in the Bahamas.

Some graduates go on to postgraduate study or research.

How much will I earn?

You salary will depend on your individual role and the industry you work in.

However, the average salary for a marine engineer is £30,000 and £35,000 for a naval architect.*

Where are they now?

85% of our graduates are in work or further study.**

Recent job titles include:

  • Naval Architect
  • Marine Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Offshore Renewables Engineer
  • Project Engineer

* Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

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Start date: Sep 2022

Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (1 year entry)

Start date: Sep 2022

UCAS Applications

Apply through UCAS if you are a UK applicant. International applicants may apply through UCAS if they are applying to more than one UK University.

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Direct Applications

Our Direct applications service is for international applicants who wish to apply to Strathclyde University at this time.

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Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk