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MSc Maritime Engineering Science

Our Maritime Engineering Science masters covers the core subjects and in-depth knowledge of Maritime Engineering Science for both design and analysis of marine craft and structures within the marine environment.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Maritime Engineering Science is designed for graduates, or those similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. Students can choose from five themes, which aim to provide a wide range of specialist areas within the broad field of maritime engineering science.

Our Maritime Engineering Science masters covers the core subjects and in-depth knowledge of Maritime Engineering Science for both design and analysis of marine craft and structures within the marine environment.

It is designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. Prior specialised knowledge of the discipline isn’t essential, as we will provide you with an introductory module to the fundamentals of Ship Science.

The programme will prepare students well for careers in a variety of professions in maritime sector, as well as those that are perhaps thinking of pursuing a PhD in this field.

You can choose from five themes[FK1] , each covers a broad context alongside an in-depth specialisation. These themes aim to provide students with a wide range of specialist areas within the broad field of maritime engineering science:

  • Advanced Computational Engineering
  • Marine Engineering and Autonomy
  • Naval Architecture
  • Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering
  • Yacht and High Performance Craft

In addition to compulsory modules, you will be able to select module options tailored to your own interest. You will undertake an experimental or numerical research project, and benefit from our Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) research network and our world-class maritime engineering facilities, including the largest towing tank in any UK university.

 

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

You can do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit the How to Apply page.

The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st July each year.

Accreditation

Students working in our 138m towing tank

As part of the normal requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) we are applying to renew the accreditation of our postgraduate programmes for students entering in October 2020.

We are again requesting accreditation for the purposes of meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer registration.

Our accreditation visits took place in January 2019 and we can confirm our MSc Maritime Engineering Science courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer registration.

Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

We await confirmation of the outcome from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). This web page will be updated when we have received confirmation of reaccreditation.

Typical entry requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. We may also consider applicants with undergraduate degrees in Oceanography or Architecture, or applicants from Marine Academies.

Visit the international equivalent entry requirements page for a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton.

If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Team

English language requirements

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.

For more information, including details of other accepted tests and qualifications, please visit the University’s English Language Proficiency webpage.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. The typical entry criteria listed are used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. Offer-holders should refer to the specific conditions stated on their offer letter.

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

Typical course content

The programme structure is defined by the specialist pathway that is taken. The Structure of each of the pathways is described below.
Maritime Engineering Sciences Pathways:

  • Advanced Computational Engineering
  • Marine Engineering and Autonomy
  • Naval Architecture
  • Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering
  • Yacht and High Performance Craft

MSc Maritime Engineering Science with Advanced Computational Engineering
This pathway concentrates on the theoretical and computational aspects of fluid behaviour and its interaction with structure, core to the fundamentals of engineering in the maritime environment.

Semester 1

Compulsory

SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESG6035 Advanced Sensors and Conditioning Monitoring

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Optional

FEEG3001 Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics

FEEG6002 Advanced Computational Methods I

SESA6061 Turbulence: Physics and Modelling

SESA6067 Flow Control

SESA6077 Aeroelasticity

SESS6070 Offshore Engineering and Analysis

Semester 2

Core

FEEG6012 MSc Research Project

Compulsory

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESS3023 Marine Hydrodynamics

FEEG6009 Design Search and Optimisation

SESS3022 Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS3026 Marine Structures

SESS6071 Marine Structures in Fluids

Optional

FEEG6009 Design Search and Optimisation

SESS3022 Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS3026 Marine Structures

SESS6071 Marine Structures in Fluids

MSc Maritime Engineering Science with Marine Engineering and Autonomy
This pathway enables students to understand component and systems engineering on board ships and fixed and offshore platforms that facilitate their functional capability. Electrical theory, control, sensing, thermodynamics, engine and machine tribology are all key elements.

Semester 1

Compulsory

SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESG6035 Advanced Sensors and Conditioning Monitoring

SESS3025 Marine Engineering

Optional

FEEG6007 Fuel Cells, batteries and Photovoltaic Systems I

SESM3030 Control and Instrumentation

SESM6033 Tribological Engineering with Engine Tribology

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

SESS6072 Maritime Robotics

Semester 2

Core

FEEG6012 MSc Research Project

Compulsory

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESG6036 Advanced Control Design

SESM6034 Advanced Electrical Systems

MSc Maritime Engineering Science with Naval Architecture
This pathway provides a detailed insight into core naval architecture subject areas, such as resistance and propulsion, maritime structures, manoeuvring, hydrodynamics and materials.

Semester 1

Compulsory

SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Optional

FEEG3001 Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics

FEEG6005 Applications of CFD

MATH6141 Numerical Methods

SESS3027 Yacht and High Performance Craft

SESS6070 Offshore Engineering and Analysis

Semester 2

Core

FEEG6012 MSc Research Project

Compulsory

SESS6071 Marine Structures in Fluids

Optional

FEEG6009 Design Search and Optimisation

SESG6040 Failure of Materials and Components

SESS3022 Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS3023 Marine Hydrodynamics

SESS3026 Marine Structures

SESS6067 Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows

MSc Maritime Engineering Science with Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering
This pathway allows students to design and undertake the structural and hydrodynamic analyses for offshore engineering of fixed and floating structures. In particular their studies incorporate feasibility analysis of designs and probabilistic theory of the operating climate.

Semester 1

Compulsory

SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

SESS6072 Maritime Robotics

FEEG3001 Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

Optional

FEEG6005 Applications of CFD

SESM6040 Thermofluid Engineering for Low Carbon Energy

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Semester 2

Core

FEEG6012 MSc Research Project

Compulsory

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESS6071 Marine Structures in Fluids

Optional

FEEG6009 Design Search and Optimisation

SESS3022 Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS3023 Marine Hydrodynamics

SESS3026 Marine Structures

SESS6067 Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows

MSc Maritime Engineering Science with Yacht and High Performance Craft
This pathway provides an opportunity to specialise in the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and other high-performance vessels.

Semester 1

Compulsory

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science

SESS3027 Yacht and High Performance Craft

Optional

FEEG3001 Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics

FEEG6005 Applications of CFD

SESG3024 Manufacturing and Materials

SESG6035 Advanced Sensors and Conditioning Monitoring

SESG6039 Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics

SESS6063 Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Semester 2

Core

FEEG6012 MSc Research Project

Compulsory

SESS60xx Maritime Safety and Law

SESS6066 Sailing Yacht and Powercraft Design

Optional

FEEG6009 Design Search and Optimisation

SESS3022 Ship Manoeuvring and Control

SESS3023 Marine Hydrodynamics

SESS3026 Marine Structures

SESG6040 Failure of Materials and Components

SESS6067 Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows

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).

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Detailed knowledge and understanding of the fundamental physical principles and concepts which underpin Maritime Engineering Science.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of analytical, numerical and computational tools appropriate to the discipline of Maritime Engineering Science.
  3. Awareness and understanding of the broader physical, commercial, regulatory and societal contexts in which Maritime Engineering Science takes place.
  4. Understanding of information and communication technology relevant to the practice of Maritime Engineering Science.
  5. A critical awareness of current problems and developments in Maritime Engineering Science, informed by the forefront of research within the field.
  6. Detailed knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts and principles relevant to your chosen specialisation within the Maritime Engineering Science sector.

 

Taught Modules

The different subject matter of the modules [FK1] lends itself to different teaching and learning techniques but these include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical exercises. You are encouraged throughout to contribute your own professional experiences and thoughts to the learning of the whole class through a free exchange of ideas.

Many modules include assessed coursework assignments which require you to carry out a substantial study of selected topics, either as individuals or in groups, leading to considerable depth of understanding and specialist knowledge. Assessment is designed to show that you can rationally use taught material and have a fundamental understanding of the subject matter. Feedback on progress is given to students on all submitted work.

Research Project

The MSc course requires candidates to carry out a research project finishing with a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the programme. The research project is intended to bring together the full range of skills in the programme and to provide you with an opportunity to build on all of the learning outcomes described above, while demonstrating in-depth knowledge and understanding of one or more of the areas covered by the programme. It involves information gathering and handling, critical analysis and evaluation, and presentation skills. The key requirement, however, is that the project must contain your own ideas and proposals: it should not simply be a technical design carried out to existing standards, but a problem with an element of novelty requiring the application of new information and concepts.

Assessment Methods

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem-solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.

Analysis and problem-solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.

The tutorial system

Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they start their university degree. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see them several times during your studies for academic as well as pastoral support. Your tutor is accessible throughout your time in Southampton.

Administration

We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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