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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 students may be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.

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: 28 July 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 an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

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Degree information

Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures, the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis, and work in multidisciplinary teams with marine engineers (from the sister Marine Engineering MSc) on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise. Research skills are honed through project work undertaken in the specialist fields of hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, structures and design.

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).

Core modules

  • Ship Dynamics
  • Ship Structures (including subsea structures)
  • Ship Hydrodynamics

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students complete a ship design group exercise, and undertake an independent research project which explores 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 information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Naval Architecture 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 Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2012 student cohort, by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer. There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified naval architects and consequently the job prospects are very good.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Naval Architecture Engineer, French Navy
  • Unknown, Canadian Navy
  • Graduate Naval Architect, QinetiQ
  • Offshore Asset Engineer, Saipem
  • Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)


UCL Naval Architecture MSc students are highly employable. The programme is designed to embed higher learning through academic study, individual research and a multidisciplinary 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.

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?

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.

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

The large majority of students of this MSc continue directly to employment in the industry.

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 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 at high levels of management and procurement in naval architecture.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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

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.

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