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Naval Architecture - MSc

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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.

Core modules
-Ship Dynamics
-Ship Structures (including subsea structures)
-Ship Hydrodynamics

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).


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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Naval Architecture Engineer, French Navy
-Unknown, Canadian Navy
-Graduate Naval Architect, QinetiQ
-Offshore Asset Engineer, Saipem
-Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Visit the Naval Architecture - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Brown Family Bursary - Single Award

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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