Maritime Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

This course was previously known as MEng Ship Science. Maritime Engineering covers the design, construction and testing of the vessels and offshore structures that use the ocean for transport, recreation and the harnessing of marine resources. This integrated masters degree covers the theoretical principles of naval architecture and marine engineering alongside practical laboratories, design modules and projects. The first two years are the same for both the BEng and MEng Maritime Engineering, providing you with a thorough understanding of the science and engineering associated with marine vehicles, structures, and their design. At the end of your second year, you can choose to study one of six specialist pathways, or maintain a broad-based degree. The specialist pathways are: Advanced Computational Engineering, Marine Engineering and Autonomy, Naval Architecture, International Naval Architecture, Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering, or Yacht and High Performance Craft. In your third year you will extend your knowledge through advanced naval architecture modules, and carry out an individual project, bringing together the concepts and skills you have learned. During your fourth year, you will take advanced modules and participate in a group design project, applying your engineering knowledge to solve a real-world problem. You will have access to extensive facilities, which include dedicated student design studios and workshops, a 138m towing tank with wave maker, wind tunnel complex and a professional manufacturing centre. Our courses are fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and offer a route to chartered status.


The modules that you take in years three and four will depend whether you have chosen to study a broad-based degree or one of our six pathways. Typical modules for the broad-based degree include: Year one: Basic Naval Architecture; Introduction to Engineering Design; Electrical and Electronic Systems; Mathematics; Mechanics, Structures and Materials; Thermofluids Year two: Engineering Management and Law; Hydrodynamics and Seakeeping; Materials and Structures; Mathematics; Ship Resistance and Propulsion; Ship Design and Economics; Ship Structural Design and Production; and Systems Design and Computing for Ships Year three: Individual Project; Marine Craft Concept Design, Marine Engineering; Marine Hydrodynamics; Marine Structures; Ship Manoeuvring and Control; plus module options Year four: Group Design Project; Project Risk Management; Marine Safety: Risk, Environment and Law; plus module options to extend your knowledge.

Assessment method

Testing is conducted 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. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Naval Architects, Royal Institution of
  • Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Institute of
  • Mechanical Engineers, Institution of
  • Engineering Council
  • Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

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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Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Maritime Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS