MSc Naval Architecture

General information

The Naval Architecture MSc is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills in naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures, as applied to naval and merchant ships, so that students may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.

This degree programme offers an opportunity for study at an advanced level of the full range of naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures for naval and merchant ships. The degree has several unique features. Direction and a significant portion of the teaching is carried out by staff seconded from the UK Ministry of Defence with recent experience of leading ship design teams. Many of the students on the course are from the UK MOD, and from the naval organisations of leading maritime countries.

Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures, the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis, and work in multi-disciplinary teams with marine engineers (from the sister MSc Marine Engineering) on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise. Research skills are honed through project work undertaken in the specialist fields of hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, structures and design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), a ship design exercise (45 credits) and a research project (45 credits). All students must complete the ship design group exercise, and undertake the independent research project, exploring an aspect of ship design or performance analysis in depth. The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, seminars and coursework assignments, which include advanced computational analysis. 

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, seminars and coursework assignments, which include advanced computational analysis. 

Core Modules

  • Ship Dynamics
  • Ship Structures
  • Ship Hydrodynamics
Learning outcome:

Careers. The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2012 student cohort, by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer. 

There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified naval architects and consequently the job prospects are very good.

Employability. UCL Naval Architecture MSc students are highly employable. The programme is designed to embed higher learning through academic study, individual research and a multidisciplinary ship design exercise. It is delivered by leading researchers from across UCL in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. Students benefit from the close association with both the defence and commercial marine sectors with many lectures delivered by industry and, in some cases, world-leading experts. Networking is further enhanced during the design reviews and final VIP presentations where industry experts provide external challenge, advice and guidance to students while also taking the opportunity to talent-spot.

Objective:

The Naval Architecture MSc is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills in naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures, as applied to naval and merchant ships, so that students may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.

Contact Person: Ms Charlotte Reisch (graduate-info@meng.ucl.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0712 - Environmental protection technology

Venue

Venue: University College London
London, United Kingdom

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE

Application


Cost:
  • UK/EU: £11,090
  • Overseas: £23,440

Prerequisites:

Who can apply? The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with first degrees in engineering, preferably mechanical, civil or naval architecture, who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field, either as Chartered Professional Engineers or at high levels of management and procurement in naval architecture.Entry Requirements. A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

International students. Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from theInternational Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list here.


Application Procedure:

Apply through the University's website where you will find more information about the online application process. You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency. Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Naval Architecture at graduate level
  • why you want to study Naval Architecture at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

  Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application
  • Personal statement
  • English language certificate

Application Deadline: students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. The applications normally open in October to start in September the next year, and close in July.


Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships available for the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website of the University.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations and assessed coursework (including the evaluation of technical reports, problem solving exercises, project reports, computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations).


Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
UK Credits
Value: 
180
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