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Maritime Engineering Science: Marine Engineering and Autonomy (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020 and January 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

About this course

On this Marine Engineering and Autonomy MSc degree you'll learn about component and systems engineering for ships. You’ll also gain an understanding of the fixed and offshore structures that help them to function. Learn the skills you need to become a specialist in the marine sector. You'll graduate with the design and analysis skills for a maritime sector career, or for continued study at PhD level.   

On this UK master’s course you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles, methods and applications of maritime engineering science. This course focuses on the analysis and specification of marine engineering and autonomous systems used on board ships and other marine structures. You’ll study topics like electrical theory, thermodynamics, and engine and machine tribology. 
You’ll explore the marine engineering systems found on board merchant and naval vessels and their importance to ship design. This includes performance characteristics of diesel engines, steam and gas turbines and electric propulsion. The course covers the dynamic response of the main shaft and associated components. 
An introduction to auxiliary systems includes: 

  • heating 
  • ventilation and air-conditioning 
  • refrigeration 
  • the main fuel system 

You’ll also learn about propeller-engine matching and a selection of appropriate machinery configurations. 

Your optional study topics include a chance to study the principles of photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, where you’ll learn about: 

  • electrochemical routes to energy conversion 
  • the relative merits of batteries, fuel cells and redox flow cells 
  • solar radiation as an energy source 
  • solar cell operation and manufacture 
  • design and operation of a photovoltaic system  

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn how to solve engineering problems by taking account of social, technical, economic and environmental constraints. 

This accredited course meets academic requirements for further learning, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer registration. You must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to meet CEng registration requirements.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Gabriel Weymouth, an associate professor for the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton. His main areas of interest are mechanics and maths. He is currently working on unsteady fluid dynamics and nonlinear fluid/structure interaction. Read Dr Weymouth’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for one of our other MSc Maritime Engineering Science pathways:


This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers logo
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Royal Institution of Naval Architects logo
Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology logo
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

Course location

This course is based at Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.