Engineering and the Environment

Ship Science Degrees

  • Our Ship Science students have access to world class facilities including towing tanks to put their designs to the test
  • Our students can test the aerodynamics of their designs in our wind tunnels
  • The Wolfson Unit, based at the University provides specialist consultancy services in ship design, yacht design, small craft design, naval architecture, marine technology and industrial aerodynamics
  • Southampton Ship Science graduate Stephen Payne was the Chief Designer of the luxury Ocean liner the Queen Mary 2 and he was presented an OBE for services to the shipping industry in 2005
  • In 2010 Amy Williams won a gold medal for Skeleton, her sled ‘Arthur’ was designed by two of our graduate students, they have now gone on to work for McLaren Applied Technologies.
  • We are redeveloping our Bolderwood Campus to create The Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCE) - a world leading centre for innovation, business and education in maritime engineering, engineering sciences, and other relevant maritime disciplines
  • Through our links with the marine and maritime industry we are able to take our students on visits to explore vessels such as the MV Tortugas a specialist car and van carrier
  • Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), based at the University, is a unique internationally recognised centre of excellence, bringing together research, innovation and education communities from universities, research institutes, industry and governments.
  • We were awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for our innovation and world- leading expertise in performance sports engineering.  The prize recognises four decades of innovation in design and testing, and technical expertise

Ship Science is the study of vehicles and structures that have to operate in one of the harshest environments on this planet

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

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Key facts
  • 93% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

  • No. 2 in the Guardian University Guide for Mechanical Engineering which includes our Ship Science degrees

  • In conjunction with Lloyd's Register we are creating a Maritime Centre of Excellence in Southampton

Southampton Merit Scholarships
  • Our £1000 Southampton Merit Scholarships are offered across all our undergraduate programmes in Engineering and the Environment.

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The University of Southampton has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its innovation and world- leading expertise in performance sports engineering.

The University of Southampton has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its innovation and world- leading expertise in performance sports engineering.

View our Ship Science degree brochure

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