As one of the UK’s leading Ship Science universities our three-year BEng Ship Science course will enable you to explore the engineering and science associated with marine vehicles, structures and their design.
Ship Science is a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering course unique to the University of Southampton. It applies engineering science to the field of ships and other maritime structures. The three year BEng provides the core naval architecture and marine engineering knowledge and is ideal for those wanting to pursue a research career, further studies or work outside of engineering.
Our BEng Ship Science degree course is ideal if you wish or need to complete your studies in three years. In the first two years, the course content is identical to that of the MEng courses.
The first two years of the BEng Ship Science course will provide you with a broad-based knowledge of engineering methods for the design and maintenance of marine systems. You will learn hydrodynamics and seakeeping and the fundamentals of naval architecture. We will also teach you computational and mathematical modelling techniques.
Maritime design coursework forms an integral part of this course. In year three, you will carry out a marine craft concept design challenge to experience working as a team and an individual research based project of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to select specialised options, from manufacturing and materials to yacht and high performance craft.
All undergraduate Ship Science degree applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu on this page for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
This course is accredited by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
One of the most respected marine design consultancies in the world, the Wolfson Unit, is an Enterprise Unit based within the University
A significant feature of our work is the linking of teaching and fundamental research with industrial application
Stephen Payne, one of our Ship Science graduates, was the chief designer of the luxury cruise liner the Queen Mary 2
“Ship Science provides a learning experience that you won’t be able to experience at any other university. I have been given a platform to explore my interests and passions surrounded by very helpful and supportive staff.”
English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
AAA (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)
GCE A-level and EPQ AAB (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
36 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and Physics) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, AA in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and Physics with a pass in physics practical
D3D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics
Distinction overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including A in Mathematics and Physics
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is AAB (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.
Intake 40-45 (total part 1 Ship Science cohort)
Average applications per place:
While the average level entry onto our Ship Science degree course is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The BEng Ship Science degree programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
Whichever Ship Science degree course you choose, you will study a number of core subjects during the first two years. These provide sound preparation for the final part of your degree in Ship Science. You will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise or retain a broad-based study path through a wide selection of subject modules. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise and involves significant literature reviews, experimentation, mathematical modelling or computation, and the production of a formal report.
In Year 3, Ship Science degree students select options from discipline-specific core subjects such as advanced naval architecture and high performance craft. Students can also choose from more general engineering and non-discipline specific subjects such as finite element analysis, control, languages and industrial law.
Special Requirements - All Courses
Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I and Part II candidates in the summer term. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given by the School.
Candidates are required to attend the Part II course in Library Search Techniques. This is normally held after the Semester 2 examinations. Assignments set in this course will be formally assessed as part of their examination requirements.
In year one, physical principles are translated by mathematical application into engineering science and design practice, providing the basics of ship science and a broad base in engineering. Computing and CAD are emphasised as important features of the course. A total of 120 credits across two semesters.
We have an award winning induction programme during which teams of new students work together to design, build and test a bulk carrier. This exciting introduction provides the opportunity to get to know fellow students, gain hands-on experience and compete in a sea trial based in the University Jubilee swimming pool. It sets the context for the first year, and provides a preview of the Ship Science course that follows.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1
In year two you will study the behaviour of structures in a fluid, the propulsion power needed for marine vehicles, ship behaviour in both calm water and in waves, and Management. A total of 120 credits across two semesters.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2
In the third (final) year the Ship Science degree course includes an individual project. Students can choose a further 15 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from our wide range of specialist modules in engineering, materials, management, mathematics, etc. It does however offer a more restricted choice of options than the MEng programmes, and does not include a Group Design Project.
The optional modules below are typical optional modules. Please refer to the Ship Science Programme Specification for a comprehensive list of available modules.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field equipment and materials: A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid.
However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
A dedicated Employment Officer for each discipline will help you build your skills profile and point you in the right direction. We also have connections with local, national and international employers. The career options on qualification are far-reaching. Our graduates have gone on to work for Royal Navy, BMT and Orwell Offshore.
Do you want a career in the armed forces?
Southampton is part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme that provides sponsored places to students on BEng Mechanical Engineering courses and has active Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force units.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning
At Southampton, our students form knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society, SUES. We will also teach you the transferable skills to present written and oral presentations.
A practical approach
Practical application is integral to our courses, providing students with hands-on engineering experience in our world-class facilities.
You will attend site visits to experience engineering in practice, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in our laboratories and undertake project work to develop your management, communication and team working skills. Your analytical and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets, individual and small group exercises.
Design projects in each year offer the opportunity for you to develop unique engineering solutions. Visit the Design Show blog to see examples of our students’ design work.
Our annual Design Show celebrates the innovative and ambitious design projects produced by our undergraduate students during the academic year.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.
Assessment and examinations
Testing is conducted 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. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student on our BEng Ship Science degree course is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a course tutor.