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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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).
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).
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
This dynamic 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:
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Ministry of Defence, Marine Engineer, 2012
- Korean Shipping, Engineer, 2012
- Ministry of Defence, Technical Development Engineer, 2012
- Royal Navy, RN Commissioned Officer, 2012
Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAe Systems and Rolls Royce are key to our success and we will encourage you to develop networks through the programme itself and via the Department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.
"Studying at UCL provided me with the opportunity to pursue world-class research. I made numerous contacts via UCL; its reputation helped me getting first interviews and the access I had to facilities allowed me to generate research to lead to employment."
Lecturer, Newcastle University, 2009
"I was generally impressed by the composition of the modules in the degree programme, as they were structured in order to provide us the cutting-edge tools and knowledge that are appreciated by the industry and that have direct applications."
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