Maritime Engineering (BEng)

Bachelor of Engineering
Typical Offer
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3 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
UCAS Course code

About this course

Previously known as Ship Science, this course has changed its name to Maritime Engineering for applicants starting in September 2024

Southampton has been one of Britain's most important naval and shipbuilding centres since the Middle Ages. This course combines mechanical engineering skills with a specialist knowledge of naval architecture and marine engineering.

It is ideal for those who want to work in the varied and exciting field of Maritime Engineering, Maritime Engineering looks at the design, construction and testing of ships and ocean structures. These could be for transport, recreation or harnessing marine resources.

You'll get a broad mechanical engineering degree, with a focus on maritime engineering.

You’ll study:

  • design
  • mechanics
  • manufacturing
  • hydrodynamics
  • seakeeping
  • complex mobile system

In your final year, you can study advanced naval architecture and you'll complete an individual research project.

As part of this course you can:

Year in industry

Enhance your employability by taking this course with a paid industrial placement year.

Apply using:

  • Course name: Maritime Engineering with Industrial Placement Year
  • UCAS code: J60P

You'll spend this extra year at an engineering firm, applying the skills and knowledge you've learned so far.

The fee is 20% of the standard annual tuition fee.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer registration.

This course is accredited by:

Using the towing tank in your maritime engineering degree

Find out about our 138-metre towing tank and how you'll use it as part of your maritime engineering degree.

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.