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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- 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?
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. The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) 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.
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:
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.
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 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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Ministry of Defence, Naval Architect, 2009
- Saipen, Naval Architect, 2010
- Bergen Group, Naval Architect, 2010
- Lloyds Register, Marine Surveyor, 2010
UCL Naval Architecture MSc students are highly employable. The programme is designed to embed higher learning through academic study, individual research and a multi-disciplinary 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.
"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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