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.
Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures, the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis, and work in multidisciplinary teams with marine engineers (from the sister Marine Engineering MSc) 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).
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All students complete a ship design group exercise, and undertake an independent research project which explores an aspect of ship design or performance analysis in depth.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, seminars and coursework assignments, which include advanced computational analysis. 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).
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Naval Architecture MSc
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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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
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.
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.
This MSc 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.
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) and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
The large majority of students of this MSc continue directly to employment in the industry.
Do you have a passion for naval architecture and dream of designing the next generation of superyachts? Southampton Solent’s unique superyacht design master’s programme – the only one of its kind the UK – blends naval architecture and structural design with management skills to help provide you with essential career-boosting skills.
The course concentrates on sailing and motor yachts over 24 metres in length, and is intended not just for naval architects and students of yacht design, but also now provides suitably qualified marine engineers and certified deck officers with experience of operating superyachts the opportunity to develop their qualifications, where traditionally the career path for yacht officers has not enabled them to progress onto pure naval architecture degrees. The blend of naval architecture (for which sea-going officers will have underpinning knowledge), management and structural design will enable students from these backgrounds to develop their knowledge and understanding, and introduce new and relevant material and subjects for master’s level study.
Course delivery is based on ‘hands-on’ active learning, with an emphasis on developing students’ analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as gaining the appropriate knowledge to tackle an individual design or analysis project. Students benefit from strong industry links built through the University’s highly-regarded yacht engineering undergraduate degrees, as well as experienced teaching staff with industrial and research experience.
Students also have the opportunity to work on ‘real world’ assignments, and to use appropriate experience as a basis for project work. Where possible, ‘real world’ briefs will also be used, and industry guests will be asked to give feedback on work when appropriate. Students on the course with industry experience and/or sponsorship will be asked to incorporate elements of their work in their project.
The course concludes with a final design project where students are able to develop their own design, or investigate aspects of a design. Students will have the opportunity to design, build and test models to use in the towing tank, and will also benefit from access to the CAD suite equipped with industry-standard software to develop and analyse hulls, structure, superstructure and internal designs.
This course can lead to careers in the superyacht industry, such as naval architect, designer, production manager, stylist or systems engineer.
This unique master’s programme is perfect for appropriately qualified naval architects or recent yacht engineering graduates. The course is also open to applications from master mariners and chief engineers with relevant experience.
To aid learning, students have full access to the University’s specialist yacht engineering and design facilities, including our composite construction workshop, yacht drawing office and modern CAD office, which is equipped with the latest commercial marine design and production software. Students also have access to a fully-equipped specialist composite laboratory and materials testing laboratory, a 60m towing tank and static four-metre stability tank.
Students may wish to progress their careers with a PhD in the maritime field.
The course team have extensive links with industry, with companies such as Lloyds Register, QinetiQ, Gurit, Solent Refit, and Alicat, through their own experience and the network of graduates from the yacht engineering undergraduate courses.
Solent University’s yacht engineering students have benefitted from recent guest lectures from Francesco Chivioli, Sunseeker; Tommasso Cigliano ,Humphries Yacht Design; Ben Mancini, X-Yachts; John Haynes, Shock Mitigation Ltd; and independent yacht designer, Joe Brierley.
Student presentations have also previously been assessed by Allan Foot, director of Solent Refit Ltd.
Yacht engineering students have also previously benefitted from industry visits to Green Marine and the International Boat Building College in Portsmouth as part of enrichment weeks.