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Ms Charlotte Reisch

Email: graduate-info@meng.ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Mechanical Engineering

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Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options) MSc

The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships. The programme covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine systems, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for marine vessels as well as the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students develop an understanding of elements of engineering, alongside the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Highlights of this include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a new fluid mechanics laboratory, a fuel cell laboratory, and a new towing tank for ship models.

This MSc has been selected by the UK and Canadian Navies for the advanced training of their marine engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations. Run in parallel with the Naval Architecture MSc, students from both programmes work together on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise.

The department has an international reputation for excellence and is funded by numerous bodies including: the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK MoD, BAE Systems, BP and US Naval Research (ONR).

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible study up to 5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits) a ship design exercise (45 credits) and an independent project (45 credits).

Core Modules

  • Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
  • Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
  • Vibrations, Acoustics and Control


  • Either:
  • Heat Transfer and Heat Systems (Mechanical Stream)
  • Materials and Fatigue (Mechanical Stream)
  • Or:
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Systems (Electrical Stream)
  • Electrical Power Systems & Electrical Propulsion (Electrical Stream)


All students complete a ship design exercise, working on the design of a specific vessel, and undertake an independent research project which is either analytical or design, build and test in nature.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework exercises and case studies. The taught courses are assessed through formal examination and coursework, the ship design exercise is assessed through a report and oral presentations, and the individual project is assessed through a report and presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects such as physics will be considered. A knowledge of fluids and thermodynamics is essential together with an understanding of basic electrical engineering. Ideally candidates will have had some experience of the marine environment.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in mechanical or marine engineering who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field, either as Chartered Professional Engineers or in higher levels of management and procurement in the marine engineering sector.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Marine Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Marine Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake.

There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified marine engineers and consequently the job prospects are good.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Ministry of Defence: Marine Engineer
  • Royal Navy: Engineer
  • Korean Shipping: Engineer
  • Royal Navy: Sponsorship Administrator
  • Ministry of Defence: Technical Development Engineer
  • Royal Navy: RN Commissioned Officer
  • PhDs at UCL and elsewhere

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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