Our subjects Ocean engineering degrees

What is ocean engineering?

Ocean engineering is the study of structures and systems designed to use ocean resources. These include oil and gas, but also offshore renewable energy from wind, waves, and tidal currents.

These ocean engineering structures can be fixed on the sea bed, freely floating, or installed subsea.

Why study ocean engineering?

Ocean engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering field where you will be involved in the designing and building of structures that help advance marine science.

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Why study ocean engineering at Strathclyde?

Our undergraduate degrees have triple accreditation from Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Institute of Marine Engineering, and Science & Technology for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.

Our students benefit from excellent departmental facilities with 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
  • hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • cutting-edge computer facilities
  • industry-standard software


With skills including analytical, numeracy and problem-solving, Ocean Engineering graduates are suited to a wide range of career opportunities. The average salary for a marine engineer is £30,000 and £35,000 for a naval architect.*

Recent graduate job titles include:

  • Ocean Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Offshore Renewables Engineer
  • Project Engineer

* Information is intended only as a guide.

Margot Cocard at the helm of a yacht
The department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering owns a sailing yacht, Catalina, and students are able to take a training course which allows us to charter the yacht. Thanks to this opportunity, I have been able to sail and discover Scotland on several occasions.
Margot Cocard