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EngineeringPostgraduate study

MSc Marine Technology

2-5 Years PT

The MSc Marine Technology is an innovative flexible training course designed to provide the marine industry within the UK with graduates who have the necessary skills and training in advanced technologies, management, business and IT. You will be able to provide the necessary leadership and vision to maintain and enhance the industry’s knowledge base and improve competitiveness. Please note that this degree is awarded by Newcastle University.


Introducing your degree

The MSc Marine Technology course is run by a consortium of three UK universities recognised for their excellence in marine technology education and research: Newcastle, Southampton and University College London. Normally all students are in full-time, marine-sectored employment.

The course will provide you with advanced technical and managerial techniques that can be applied in the marine industry and enable you to take on major responsibility early in your career. Please note that this degree is awarded by Newcastle University.

There are three streams available, providing modules tailored to suit the professional needs of the graduate and their supporting organisation. The 'General' stream is available for students who wish to seek a broader-based study package.

  • General
  • Marine Engineering
  • Naval Architecture

Find out more on the Marine Technology Education Consortium website.


To Apply

Admissions to this course are not dealt with by the University of Southampton. Please see the MTEC website for more details on how to apply:


Key Facts

The MTEC course has been approved for Panasonic Trust Awards.

The Marine Technology Education Consortium (MTEC), is a collaboration between three UK universities recognised for their excellence in marine technology education and research: Newcastle, Southampton and University College London.

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Typical entry requirements

Standard entry qualifications

A second class Bachelor Honours Degree in Marine Technology or a relevant engineering subject.

English Language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency:
Band B, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.
Find out more about the University's English Language requirements.

Selection process

Applications to this course are administered by MTEC, Newcastle University. Entry requirements listed above are for guidance only and are subject to change. Please contact MTEC for further information on the application process:

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

Typical course content

The course is delivered as a part-time modular programme, MSc students complete ten modules and a research project. PG Diploma students complete eight modules and a research project. PG Certificate students complete six modules. The full list of modules is available at the MTEC website (

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

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Marine TechnologyMSc 2020Part-time£4,625£11,568
Visit the Marine Technology Education Consortium website


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

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing the programme students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. advanced technology within the chosen technology stream
  2. business applications of advanced marine technologies
  3. concepts of non technical issues including economics, environmental issues, safety and legislation

Teaching and Learning Methods

Taught Modules

Modules are also offered as stand-alone CPD (approved by the Institute of Marine Engineers and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects), which may be suitable for those requiring specific subject training. Teaching is delivered by a combination of distance-learning material and one-week intensive schools, with pre-school preparation and post-school assignments for modules, each of which has a credit rating of 10 points and requires 100 hours study time.

Knowledge and understanding are generally taught via formal lectures and distance learning material, supplemented by seminars and tutorials. Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding by independent reading for which they are given guidance in the distance learning material. The use of design exercises during the intensive school, and work based assessments and application after the intensive school, also enable the student to learn. Knowledge and understanding are also achieved via a significant multi disciplinary industrial project.

Research Project

Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc carry out a research project finishing with a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the programme, but will address a problem or issue related to the student's organisation and be multi-disciplinary in nature to allow the application of a wide range of skills and knowledge. 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 and skills (intellectual, practical, transferable) is assessed through a combination of unseen written examinations, course assignments, performance in design exercises, and the industrial project.

Programme leader (until May 2017)

Professor Philip A Wilson

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