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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £12,380 (FT)
- £25,880 (FT)
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.
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.
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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About this degree
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).
- Ship Dynamics
- Ship Structures (including subsea structures)
- Ship Hydrodynamics
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).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
- Graduate Naval Architect, QinetiQ
- Deputy Naval Architecture Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
- Engineer, American Bureau Of Shipping
- Naval Engineer, Cotecmar
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 2013–2015 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
› 42 staff
including 35 postdocs
› 171 taught students
› 136 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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
90%: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects 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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with first degrees in engineering, preferably mechanical, aeonautical, 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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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 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.