City College Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth

Marine Autonomous Vehicles

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Course summary

The focus of the Marine Autonomous Vehicles (MAV) FdSc is to provide future workforce for Blue-Tech industries. With the free thinking and holistic approach provided, students innovate and develop new systems and methods. Designing and building autonomous vessels that can withstand the wind, waves and salt exposure through specialised learning and the development of experience. This programme gives the student a broad knowledge of marine autonomy, covering essential engineering topics such as mathematics, engineering science and naval architecture, as well as essential build, programming and design methodologies. Students embark on several design projects throughout the course where they will be able to use Computer Aided Design along with other industry-based software to showcase their new found knowledge and skills. A work based element is introduced into the course through the design modules where employed part-time students are able to use incorporated work-based projects set by their employers and Full-time students have both the chance of placements or industry set work-based projects. Throughout the course, many of the module’s assessments have been arranged to gain essential knowledge that carry through to other modules. Across all of this a rich range of assessments, including practical based assessments, reports, exams, portfolios and presentations, embed the learning.

Course details


The course covers the following units: engineering mathematics, engineering science, digital and analogue devices, applications of pneumatics and hydraulics, naval architecture, object orientated programming, fluids and CFD, advanced CAD and FEA (finite element analysis), mechatronics, composite materials for the marine environment, software development and final project.

Assessment method

Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework, practical assessments and examinations

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £7450 Year 1
England £7450 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7450 Year 1
Scotland £7450 Year 1
Wales £7450 Year 1
Channel Islands £7450 Year 1

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Marine Autonomous Vehicles at City College Plymouth - UCAS