Home Menu


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 and submarines. The programme covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine engineering, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT) N/A (PT)
£24,610 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 31 May 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's 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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree information

The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for the latest compliant marine vessel designs 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 in a group ship design exercise and an individual project.

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

Optional modules

  • 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

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. Visits to the marine industry are also offered.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options) MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Marine Engineering, University College London (UCL)
  • Lieutenant, Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy)
  • Marine Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Propulsion and Gas Turbine Systems Manager, Government of Canada
  • Safety Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)


Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, students will 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 is key to our success and we will encourage students to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme, which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We are unique in having a close relationship with the UK MoD as well Commercial Shipping companies and students benefit through industrial lectures, ship design projects and individual projects. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Despite being part of a central city campus university, UCL Mechanical Engineering has excellent laboratories, including engine labs and a wave tank.

This MSc has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Royal Navy, Canadian and other 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, US Naval Research (ONR).

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 54 staff including 17 postdocs › 167 taught students › 132 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

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.

Contact information

Page last modified on 27 October 2016 at 11:10 by UCL Publications & Marketing Services. Please contact us for content updates.


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
Register now

Learning and living

At UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student.

  • World-leading reputation
  • Extensive connections that benefit your study and career
  • The best and brightest staff and students from over 150 countries
Find out more