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Master in Ship Science (MEng)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost UK/EU students - £9250, International students - £21580

This is a specialised integrated master's course, which covers a number of advanced naval architecture topics. Here you'll get a broad mechanical engineering degree with a focus on maritime engineering. You'll study topics like design, mechanics and hydrodynamics as you prepare for a range of science careers.

On this MEng Ship Science degree, you'll look at the design, construction and testing of ships and ocean structures. These could be for transport, recreation or harnessing marine resources.

You’ll learn the core principles of naval architecture and marine vehicles. Later you can choose to specialise your programme through one of 6 pathways:

  • Advanced Computational Engineering

  • Marine Engineering and Autonomy

  • Naval Architecture

  • International Naval Architecture

  • Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering

  • Yacht and High Performance Craft

In year 3 you will complete an individual research project and in year 4 you’ll take part in a group design project.

As part of this course you can:

  • learn computational design and modelling techniques

  • use our state-of-the-art facilities, including the largest university towing tank in the UK

  • learn from internationally-renowned engineers from the Wolfson Unit and Lloyd’s Register

  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show

  • visit sites to experience engineering in practice

  • join our Hydro Team to help design and build innovative marine vehicles

  • take a work placement during the summer holidays

You can take this course with an additional, year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code H52H for the Industrial Placement Year option.

This course is fully accredited and offers a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

If you’d prefer a more general approach, or you’d like to focus on a different specialism, you can choose from our other pathways.

  • Ship Science

    - Study ship science and engineering with hands-on design and building experience. Learn about naval architecture and choose to specialise as you progress.

Course locations

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Research Project

Application procedure

How to apply

When you apply use:

UCAS Course Code: J641

UCAS Institution Code: S27

Apply for 2020 entry now.

Grant opportunities

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.


ISCED Categories

Project management
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Near- and offshore constructions