MSc in Naval Architecture
Duration: Full time for 12 months or part time flexible
learning over a period up to 5 years.
Start Date: Late September each year.
Entry: A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
All candidates must satisfy UCL's English language requirements.
This degree programme offers an opportunity for study at an advanced level of the full range of naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures for naval and merchant ships. The degree 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. Many of the students on the course are from the UK MOD, and from the naval organisations of leading maritime countries.
A major part of the degree involves working in a team with other Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students to complete a comprehensive and unique Ship Design Exercise for presentation to course staff and to experienced ship designers from industry. The programme is run in parallel with the MSc in Marine Engineering with students from both programmes working together on the Ship Design Exercise.
|The MSc Naval Architecture has been accredited by RINA and IMarEST as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake.|
Please visit the UCL Graduate Study site for full details on admission procedures, a downloadable application form and sources of funding.
If you require further information please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Officer:
Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University College London
London WC1E 7JE
tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3907
fax: +44 (0)20 7388 0180
The degree is divided into three major elements. Initially students are provided with the necessary advanced analytical skills by a series of lecture courses covering the naval architectural disciplines of ship structures, ship dynamics and hydrodynamics; having studied these specific subjects students are offered the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills and to study the implications of interdisciplinary interactions in the course's second phase (a Ship Design Exercise). Finally students are offered the opportunity to hone their research skills in an individual project.
Phase 1 - Lectures
The main content of the first phase is the study of the analytical disciplines required in naval architecture: ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, and ship structures. This is undertaken by lecture courses, assessment questions and tutorials and culminates in formal written examinations. The phase lasts about six months and also includes most of the lectures and seminars in ship design and general engineering.
Phase 2 - The Ship Design Exercise
The Ship Design Exercise is undertaken in small teams of Naval Architecture students together with Marine Engineers from the sister MSc in Marine Engineering. Students design ships from a customer's outline requirements, the ships ranging from frigates and escort carriers to diving support vessels and cruise ships. Advanced marine vehicles are designed as well as monohulls. This phase of the course lasts three months and consists mainly of design room work but is also supported by the remaining ship design lectures.
The lectures include those from visiting lecturers in the ship design community, as well as attendance at RINA Spring Technical Meetings and Symposia. The exercise is supervised by the Professor of Naval Architecture and a member of the RCNC staff, with particular experience of ship design practice, on secondment to UCL. The design work includes use of a suite of preliminary design computer programs, together with a computer aided design system for ships (PARAMARIME) for the more detailed work.
Students are issued with outline requirements for the Ship Design Exercise during the January, this enables them to start the ship design whilst finishing the formal lecture courses and preparing for the written exams. The students start work full time on their ship design once the written exams are finished towards the end of March. The design exercise then runs until the end of June. Design lectures which support the ship design exercise are given from the start of the course in October and run right through to the completion of the exercise in June. The Designs are assessed both through meeting specific design tasks and by regular reviews via design presentations to the staff. Final presentation of the designs is by a written report and formal presentation to external examiners who are eminent in the field of ship design.
Phase 3 - The Individual Research Project
Students undertake individual research topics in the field of Naval Architecture, the subject for the project can be either experimental or theoretical and may be related to a specific aspect of the individual's ship design. Projects, which last three months, are centred either at UCL using the experimental and/or computer facilities on site or at Government Establishments or with Industry which sponsor specific experimental or theoretical tasks of current interest. The main areas of interest are hydrodynamics, structures and ship design.
Students choose individual research topics in the Spring Term. However, the bulk of effort on the project is undertaken subsequent to the Ship Design Exercise. Each student submits a report on their project. This forms the basis for the assessment of the project.
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