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Ship Science (MEng)

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Master of Engineering
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Full-time
Campuses
Highfield, Boldrewood
UCAS course code
J641

About this course

This is a specialised integrated Masters course, which covers a number of advanced naval architecture topics. Here you'll get a broad mechanical engineering degree with a focus on maritime engineering. You'll study topics like design, mechanics and hydrodynamics.

Ship science looks at the design, construction and testing of ships and ocean structures. These could be for transport, recreation or harnessing marine resources.

You’ll learn the core principles of naval architecture and marine vehicles. Later you can choose to specialise your programme through one of 6 pathways:

  • Advanced Computational Engineering

  • Marine Engineering and Autonomy

  • Naval Architecture

  • International Naval Architecture

  • Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering

  • Yacht and High Performance Craft

In year 3 you will complete an individual research project and in year 4 you’ll take part in a group design project.

As part of this course you can:

  • learn computational design and modelling techniques

  • use our state-of-the-art facilities, including the largest university towing tank in the UK

  • learn from internationally-renowned engineers from the Wolfson Unit and Lloyd’s Register

  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show

  • visit sites to experience engineering in practice

  • join our Hydro Team to help design and build innovative marine vehicles

  • take a work placement during the summer holidays

You can take this course with an additional, year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code H52H for the Industrial Placement Year option.

This course is fully accredited and offers a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 327.79 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield in Southampton and Boldrewood campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

The first 2 years of this course are the same as the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Ship Science course. This Masters course offers a faster route to becoming a professional engineer. You can transfer to the 3-year BEng if you decide the 4-year course is not for you.