Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1. Detailed knowledge and understanding of the fundamental physical principles and concepts which underpin Maritime Engineering Science.
2. Knowledge and understanding of analytical, numerical and computational tools appropriate to the discipline of Maritime Engineering Science.
3. Awareness and understanding of the broader physical, commercial, regulatory and societal contexts in which Maritime Engineering Science takes place.
4. Understanding of information and communication technology relevant to the practice of Maritime Engineering Science.
5. A critical awareness of current problems and developments in Maritime Engineering Science, informed by the forefront of research within the field.
6. Detailed knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts and principles relevant to your chosen specialisation within the Maritime Engineering Science sector.
The different subject matter of the modules lends itself to different teaching and learning techniques but these include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical exercises. You are encouraged throughout to contribute your own professional experiences and thoughts to the learning of the whole class through a free exchange of ideas.
Many modules include assessed coursework assignments which require you to carry out a substantial study of selected topics, either as individuals or in groups, leading to considerable depth of understanding and specialist knowledge. Assessment is designed to show that you can rationally use taught material and have a fundamental understanding of the subject matter. Feedback on progress is given to students on all submitted work.
The MSc course requires candidates to carry out a research project finishing with a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the programme. The research project is intended to bring together the full range of skills in the programme and to provide you with an opportunity to build on all of the learning outcomes described above, while demonstrating in-depth knowledge and understanding of one or more of the areas covered by the programme. It involves information gathering and handling, critical analysis and evaluation, and presentation skills. The key requirement, however, is that the project must contain your own ideas and proposals: it should not simply be a technical design carried out to existing standards, but a problem with an element of novelty requiring the application of new information and concepts.
Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.
Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.
The tutorial system
Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they start their university degree. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her several times during your studies for academic as well as pastoral support. S/He is accessible throughout your time in Southampton.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.