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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Naval Architecture MSc
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 they may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.
What will I learn?
Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures, the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis, and work in multi-disciplinary teams with marine engineers on a practical ship design exercise. Research skills are honed through project work undertaken in the specialist fields of hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, structures and design.
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, and a new towing tank for ship models.
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.
Run in parallel with the Marine Engineering MSc, students from both programmes work together on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercice.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
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).
All students complete a ship design group exercise, and undertake an independent research project, exploring 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).
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
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.
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 particularly suitable for graduates with first degrees in engineering, preferably mechanical, civil or naval architecture, who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field, either as Chartered Professional Engineers or in high levels of management and procurement in naval architecture.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Naval Architecture at graduate level
- why you want to study Naval Architecture 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
The Naval Architecture 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 intakeThere is currently a global shortage of well-qualified naval architects and consequently the job prospects are good.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Ministry of Defence: Naval Architect
- UK Government: Naval Architect
- Pakistan Navy: Assistant Manager
- Royal Navy: Naval Officer
- Global Maritime: Naval Architect
- Lloyds Register: Project Engineer
- Ministry of Defence: Ships Stability
- James Fisher & Sons: Naval Architect
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: