Maritime Engineering Science is an MSc course designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. An introductory module is provided at the start to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary for them to succeed in the course.
This masters in Maritime Engineering Science / Marine Engineering one-year course enables students to specialise in marine engineering systems on board ships and offshore platforms that facilitate their functional capability.
Understanding how marine systems work is essential to their efficient design and operation. You will learn to apply advanced control design techniques and enhance your knowledge of instrumentation and sensors. You will also learn to analyse and design advanced power, propulsion, heating and cooling systems using thermodynamic principles.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, in addition to a set of specialist modules, you have the opportunity to select option modules including fuel cells, batteries and maritime robotics. In the last four months, you will focus on research. You will complete a major research project and take advantage of our world-class maritime engineering facilities to perform your experimental work. You will also learn the broader principles of marine safety, law and management.
The maritime sector provides many and varied career opportunities in engineering and project management related roles. Maritime Engineering Science graduates are in strong demand with good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.
Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector with organisations such as Lloyd’s Register, Carnival, BMT Nigel Gee, Maritime and Coastguard agency and many others based nearby. Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support primarily the defence sector and employ a good number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable developments are offering excellent prospects both to work in the UK (locally, London or Aberdeen) or worldwide in places such as Singapore, Houston or Perth, etc.
The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor's programme, the Master's programme brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality.
The Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering has three versions:
The programme consists of five modules.
Three generic options
Two application oriented options
The third and fourth components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical coursesand from a list of general interest courses.
The final component is the Master's thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.
The Erasmus+ programme gives students the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree at a participating European university. Student exchange agreements are also in place with Japanese and American universities.
Students are also encouraged to learn more about industrial and research internships abroad by contacting our Internship Coordinator. Internships are scheduled in between two course phases of the Master’s programme (in the summer period after the second semester and before the third semester).
These studying abroad opportunities and internships are complemented by the short summer courses offered via the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network. This student organisation allows students to follow short courses in the summer period between the second and the third semester. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and T.I.M.E.
You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty.
The field of mechanical engineering is very wide. Mechanical engineers find employment in many industrial sectors thanks to our broad training programme. Demand for this engineering degree on the labour market is very strong and constant. A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association, identifies the specific sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed.
Modern business practices rely on accurate logistics and reliable, dependable supply chains. The smooth operation of these crucial aspects of company operations affects the profitability and reputation of any organisation that supplies business-to-business or business-to-consumer.
Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), this course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed by this fast-paced industry. Alongside topics such as strategic sourcing, contract and stakeholder management, and risk management, you also study information technology and information systems. This reflects the revolutionary impact the internet and e-commerce have had on logistics and supply chain management and how they continue to drive innovation.
You also engage in contemporary issues that influence industry practices such as ethical sourcing, reducing CO2 emissions and government policies that affect transport and infrastructure investments (road, rail, aviation and maritime).
During your studies, you may have the opportunity to participate in:
-Industry visits to real companies
-Short term internships with local employers
-Live business projects for real clients
-A live consultancy project for your final dissertation
Open to graduates holding degrees in any subject, this course assumes no prior knowledge of business or management and is suitable for both UK, EU and international students wishing to progress their academic knowledge of logistics and supply chain management.
-You will be taught in the internationally recognised multii-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
-This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
-You will benefit from practitioner-led teaching by a team with substantial industy experience.
-SAP is the leading enterprise system in the world and this programme provides the advantage of 12 hours worth of hands on workshops on the SAP package.
Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies.
The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript.
A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships.
Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.
Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.
Subsea engineering plays a vital role in the exploitation of oil and gas resources. The subsea engineering industry help to specify the curriculum so we meet their requirements. The course is designed for you as an experienced or recently graduated engineer who wants to develop your subsea knowledge.
Your teaching modules operate in short 'intensive schools' with time after the module to complete the assignments, where applicable. They include:
-Input from industry experts
-Teaching from other disciplines
Teaching consists of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and personal supervision covering a variety of topics in subsea engineering. The degree is taught using a mix of the academic staff from the School of Marine Science and Technology as well as visiting lecturers and experts from industry.
You will undertake a research project leading to a dissertation. This may be a critical review and/or computational or experimental project using the University's world leading testing facilities. The research project is supported by an academic supervisor and may be conducted with an industrial partner which, where appropriate, may be your employer.
Ten taught modules worth 120 credits are delivered in blocks through semester one and/or two. A dissertation or research project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken across the three semesters.
Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council. This means that you are automatically recognised as satisfying the educational requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.
IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.
Our accreditations give you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers. It can also open the door to higher-level jobs, most of which require Chartered Engineer status.
You have access to dedicated facilities including:
You also have access to a set of excellent testing facilities:
The intercollegiate Transport MSc, offered in conjunction with Imperial College London, brings together the transport research and training capabilities of the civil engineering departments of the two universities. Students benefit from the multidisciplinary transport expertise of both departments and their 50 years' experience as leaders in this field.
Students gain a systematic understanding of the causes, motivations and means of personal travel and goods movement; techniques for analysing and resolving transport problems; and methods of evaluating transport projects, plans and policies, recognising the need for public consultation and the political, social, commercial and financial issues involved.
Students undertake modules to the value of 90 ECTS Credits.
Options may include the following:
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a Special Project of 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer-based work and coursework. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, an individual literature review, presentations and the dissertation focussing on the final project.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Transport MSc
Transport graduates find employment with transport operators, consultancies, and local and central governments in various countries and supranational organisations. Many graduates are employed by companies involved in the manufacture of instrumentation and in companies specialising in software and other services for the engineering industry.
Successful completion of this MSc meets the academic requirements for corporate membership of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.
The Centre for Transport Studies is an energetic and exciting environment. Students benefit from engaging with the teaching staff who are actively involved in internationally leading research, and advising local, national and international governments and transport agencies.
The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships and submarines. The programme covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine engineering, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.
The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for the latest compliant marine vessel designs as well as the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students develop an understanding of elements of engineering, alongside the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner in a group ship design exercise and an individual project.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits), a ship design exercise (45 credits) and an independent project (45 credits).
All students complete a ship design exercise, working on the design of a specific vessel, and undertake an independent research project which is either analytical or design, build and test in nature.
Teaching and learning
This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework exercises and case studies. The taught modules are assessed through formal examination and coursework, the ship design exercise is assessed through a report and oral presentations, and the individual project is assessed through a report and presentation. Visits to the marine industry are also offered.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options) MSc
The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake onwards.There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified marine engineers and consequently the job prospects are good.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, students will have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce is key to our success and we will encourage students to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme, which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We are unique in having a close relationship with the UK MoD as well Commercial Shipping companies and students benefit through industrial lectures, ship design projects and individual projects. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Despite being part of a central city campus university, UCL Mechanical Engineering has excellent laboratories, including engine labs and a wave tank.
This MSc has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Royal Navy, Canadian and other navies for the advanced training of their marine engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations. Run in parallel with the Naval Architecture MSc, students from both programmes work together on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise.
The department has an international reputation for excellence and is funded by numerous bodies including the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK MoD, BAE Systems, US Naval Research (ONR).
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering
90%: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.