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Engineer the oceans and their resources sustainably

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface area. It is a diverse environment with vast engineering problems requiring solutions. Engineers who can find innovative and sustainable ways to solve these issues are in high demand. 

On this course, you will gain expertise in the fundamental research methods of marine hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. You also learn about its practical application, analysis and design.

You will apply theoretical, computational and experimental principles of hydrodynamics to traditional and contemporary problems of ocean engineering. This includes applications to coastal; offshore and subsea engineering; naval architecture and other related disciplines. 

Our academic staff will support you through your studies. They are renowned internationally for their impact, contribution and extensive experience.

We work closely with experts to produce graduates with the skills to meet industry standards and requirements. We also comply with other stakeholder rules and regulations.

Field trips are an essential aspect of this course. 

You will also have an opportunity to work in a team on a major marine renewable energy systems design project. This will incorporate the technical, economic, environmental, ethical, social, and liability considerations and constraints faced in industry. The design module will be delivered in a close collaboration with the industry. 

This course is designed both for those pursuing a higher degree who wish to become specialists in ocean engineering and related disciplines, soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.


The University will be seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators, which comprises the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers in 2019.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

You will learn from internationally leading lecturers and tutors who will teach you to extract renewable energy from the oceans and become a world-class engineer and leader. 

How you will be taught

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars by invited academic and industry experts
  • laboratory exercises
  • design project
  • field trips

How you will be assessed

  • class discussions and observations
  • written and practical coursework
  • written and practical examinations
  • project report and presentations
  • MSc thesis

What you will study

You will complete core and specialist modules.

These will provide you with in-depth and advanced knowledge of:

  • hydrodynamics of fluid-structure interaction
  • water wave mechanics
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • coastal engineering
  • marine renewable energy
  • engineering design

You will carry out your own research project under supervision, on a topic of your choice.

Core Modules

These provide skills generic to engineering and research. The two modules are:

Specialist Modules

The specialist modules provide in-depth and advanced knowledge and build upon our recognised expertise in marine hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. These cover the following topics:

Research Project

The research project consists two parts:

Students work on one project, the first part, CE50028 before April. Students who meet the requirements then complete CE50007.


We are globally renowned for research and teaching in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Offshore Geotechnics, and Marine Renewable Structures. We are also home to the Offshore Renewables Institute.

During the design module, you will have the opportunity to work with experts from world-leading oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. This will give you an extra advantage, whether you pursue a PhD or join industry or government.

There are excellent career opportunities within the industry. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, opportunities for graduates arise in:

  • renewable energy,
  • oil and gas,
  • coastal engineering,
  • offshore engineering,
  • naval architecture,
  • and subsea engineering sectors.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. We blend science and technology with management education in a unique learning environment. This makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil and ocean engineering and a wide range of related sectors.

Our graduates achieve high level positions in various engineering sectors. Some have gone on to managing and technical roles as consulting engineers and contractors in the offshore and others in the construction industries and research organisations.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Marine Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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