From cruise liners, high-speed ferries, container ships, oil tankers, sailing yachts, luxury motor craft, lifeboats, hydrofoils, hovercraft to submarines and underwater vehicles, as well as fixed or floating offshore structures, Ship Science is a naval architecture and marine engineering degree course unique to the University of Southampton.
Ship Scientists will learn how to design the largest and most complex moveable systems in the field of engineering. The skills students learn make Ship Science graduates some of the most internationally sought after engineers with a diversity reflected in the greatest employability prospects of all the engineering sciences’ disciplines1.
From lectures and design laboratories in concept design, advanced materials engineering, marine systems engineering, computational fluid dynamics, structural optimisation and high performance craft, to name but a few, undergraduates interface with some of the world's leading researchers in ship science, fluid-structure interactions and naval architecture.
Students undertaking a degree in Ship Science will have the opportunity to be associated with one of the most respected marine design consultancies in the world, the Wolfson Unit, experts in experimental wind tunnel and towing tank testing, who are UK Sport innovation partners and have worked with clients including America's Cup teams, Volvo Ocean racing and the Vendée Globe event.
Our four-year MEng degree courses provide a direct route to chartered status through the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Institute for Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Our three-year BEng course also meets the core technical requirements for accreditation by these bodies and allows Ship Science graduates to achieve chartered status subject to the completion of approved additional learning.
1 HESA 2008