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BEng Ship Science

BEng Ship Science

This three year BEng course applies engineering science to the field of ships and other maritime structures. The course provides core naval architecture and marine engineering knowledge. 

MEng Ship Science

MEng Ship Science

This four-year naval architecture and marine engineering course applies engineering science to the field of ships and other maritime structures. You can also specialise through 6 pathways.


Ship science covers all aspects of maritime engineering, including the design, construction and testing of the vessels and offshore structures that use the ocean for transport, recreation and the harnessing of marine resources.

You'll be equipped with the skills to design, analyse and manufacture the large and complex vessels that operate in one of the most extreme environments on this planet.

In years 3 and 4 of MEng Ship Science, you can specialise by taking 1 of 6 pathways or continue on a broad-based degree. Your modules will differ depending on your choice, key modules of each pathway include:

Advanced computational engineering

- Applications of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Finite element analysis in solid mechanics

Marine engineering and autonomy

- Maritime robotics
- Advanced sensors and condition monitoring

Naval architecture

- Advances in ship resistance and propulsion
- Maritime structures in fluids

International naval architecture

This is the same as naval architecture, with an option to spend a semester at one of our partner institutions

Ocean energy and offshore engineering

- Offshore engineering and analysis
- Renewable energy from environmental flows: wind, wave and tide

Yacht and high performance craft

- Yacht and high performance craft
- Sailing yacht and powercraft design

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*National Student Survey, 2021
**Graduate Outcomes 2017/18

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