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.
This MSc will suit engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in the maritime engineering science sector. The core modules, including 'Yacht and High Performance Craft', and 'Sailing Yacht and Powercraft Design', are particularly relevant to the Yacht and Small Craft theme of this course.
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. Engineers from the world-renowned Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics contribute to this unique masters in Maritime Engineering Science / Yacht and Small Craft course, which covers the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and other high-performance vessels.
In the two semesters, you will fully exercise your practical skills and gain a detailed insight of yacht and high performance craft and sailing yacht and powercraft design, including hull design, sailplan and rig development. You will also learn to apply the latest design tools and methodologies.
The summer months will focus on project work. You will tap into our Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute research network and undertake a final research project using our world-class maritime engineering facilities. The project will involve experimental and practical study and the completion of a dissertation.
The Race Car Aerodynamics masters degree is recognised as a world-leading course for those wanting to enter Formula One as aerodynamicists and CFD engineers. The theme emphasises the fundamentals of aerodynamics as a subject by focusing on analysis, computation and measurement of turbulent flows associated with high performance race cars. It will suit graduates or similarly qualified individuals from engineering, scientific and mathematical backgrounds, with some experience of fluid dynamics who are aiming for advanced specialisation in aerodynamics.
This postgraduate masters course emphasises the fundamentals of aerodynamics as a subject by focusing on analysis, computation and measurement of turbulent flows associated with high performance race cars. It will suit graduates or similarly qualified individuals from engineering, scientific and mathematical backgrounds, with some experience of fluid dynamics who are aiming for advanced specialisation in aerodynamics.
Design is a central theme on this course. You will take part in individual and group practical work to detail your insight of race car design and learn to evaluate and apply experimental aerodynamic concepts. You will also learn advanced computational fluid dynamics and numerical procedures to counteract problems in the design process.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will have the option to further your understanding by selecting from a range of modules, from Systems Reliability to Automotive Propulsion.
The final four months will hone in on research. You will have access to our world-class facilities, including the RJ Mitchell wind tunnel as used by F1 teams, America's Cup yacht teams and Olympic athletes. As part of the learning process, you will engage in experimental and practical study and complete a critical research project.