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Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

HH35 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering (4 yrs)

This four-year course has been developed in conjunction with the Royal Navy to provide a detailed understanding of marine systems engineering balanced with a broad-based training in the key principles of mechanical engineering.

Introducing your degree

A course designed with the Royal Navy, an integrated masters degree in Naval Engineering produces graduates well-equipped for opportunities to work in the Navy and the private sector alike. Building on the solid foundation of our Mechanical Engineering offer, you will learn all the skills needed to apply your engineering knowledge in the marine environment to design cutting-edge ships and other maritime crafts.

Programme Overview

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Naval engineering is both craft and science. It requires the steady design, build and maintenance of marine systems. You will gain a detailed understanding of marine engineering. We will also teach you the fundamentals of ship science and marine craft concept design.

The first two years of this degree are common with the MEng Mechanical Engineering, you will have a solid foundation in mechanical engineering.

In year three, you will learn to apply your engineering knowledge to a marine environment with specialised modules. You will also complete an individual project.  In your final year, you can choose from a range of specialist naval engineering modules, as well as completing an interdisciplinary group design project.

During your studies you also have the opportunity to go on a work placement in industry. You can go on placement for one semester, one year or during the summer holidays of your second and third years. It can help boost your academic performance and prepare you for your career.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.


Engineering CouncilEUR-ACE

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Key Facts

  • We have a 138m towing tank at our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus
  • 4th in Guardian University Guide 2016
  • 95% of our students were satisfied with the quality of learning resources available to them (NSS, 2015)
  • 96% enter graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016)
Testing of designs in a towing tank
Students testing designs in a towing tank
MEng Mechanical Engineering is also taught at our Malaysia campus
MEng Mechanical Engineering is also taught at our Malaysia campus

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelA*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics. General Studies not accepted)  
International Baccalaureate38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English  
GCSE requirements

English Language, at Grade C or above

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 courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Equivalent qualifications
Entry criteria
Scottish Highers
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U
D2D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics
D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
International Baccalaureate Diploma
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
European Baccalaureate
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
Contextual offers

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 from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applications per place:

While the average level entry onto our degree courses 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 course 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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Years 1 and 2 are compulsory for all Mechanical Engineering themes and provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree.

In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise taking modules designed for your theme. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report.

In Year 4, MEng students participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry and represent a significant part of your Mechanical Engineering masters studies.

Special Requirements - All Courses

Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I, Part II and Part IV candidates. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given.

Year 1

The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising mechanical engineering aspects. We have an award winning induction programme during which teams of new students work together to design and build projects. This exciting introduction provides the opportunity to get to know fellow students and gain hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to take apart and put back together a 4 stroke engine and also test your skills in bioengineering through stabilising fractures in bones.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
Electrical and Electronics Systems
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
Design and Computing
Professional Engineering and Functional Materials
Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
Electrical and Electronics Systems
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
Design and Computing
Professional Engineering and Functional Materials

Year 2

The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline. A total of 120 credits across two semesters. At the end of year two you have the opportunity to select from the wide list of options available for this theme.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Systems Design and Computing
Electronics, Drives and Control
Engineering Management and Law
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Systems Design and Computing
Mechanics, Machines and Vibration
Fluid Mechanics
Materials and Structures
Engineering Management and Law

Year 3

In the third year the course includes an individual project. There are no optional modules for the Naval Engineering theme in year 3.

Year 4

In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project (FEEG6013), which is compulsory for this theme and totals 45 credit points at level M. Students can choose a further 45 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the Naval Engineering theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available in year four of Mechanical Engineering degrees.

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 or website).

Career Opportunities

You will have a dedicated Employment Officer on hand to help you build your skills profile and realise your career ambitions. You will also benefit from our connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service. Our Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought after with 96% entering graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016). Graduates have far-reaching career options such as Mechanical Trainee to Royal Navy Engineering Officer.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and learning

At Southampton, our students gain 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 enhance your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, in order to become an effective professional engineer.

A practical approach

Practical experience is a strong theme on our course. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in research laboratories and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises by your lecturers. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted. Practical learning is also enhanced by site visits and visiting lectures, to give you the wider competencies for today’s professional engineer.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. 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 and development.

Assessment and examinations

Assessment is conducted through a combination of 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.

Student support

Every student on our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a senior tutor.

Course Director

Dr Julian Wharton

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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