Marine Engineering MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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. The programme features two parallel streams; mechanical and electrical.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£14,700
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

An upper 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, professional engineering qualifications, etc, will be considered. Knowledge of fluids and thermodynamics is essential together with an understanding of basic electrical engineering. Ideally candidates will have had some experience of the maritime sector.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

ATAS statement

If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students will learn about the analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for the latest compliant marine vessel designs.  They will also study the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students on the programme develop an understanding of elements of engineering. They also learn how to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner, through both a group ship design exercise and an individual project.

Who this course is for

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. The programme can help graduates develop as Chartered Professional Engineers or in higher levels of management and procurement in the marine engineering sector.

What this course will give you

This rigorous MSc programme is offered by one of the world's leading universities, located in the centre of London, one of the world's greatest cities. Students on the Marine Engineering MSc programme benefit from UCL Mechanical Engineering's long history of research and teaching in maritime disciplines. The department offers excellent laboratory facilities, including engine labs, a coastal flume 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 has been funded by numerous bodies including the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK MoD, BAE Systems, US Naval Research (ONR).

The foundation of your career

Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, students will have a range of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with industry leaders such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce and bodies such as the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is key to our success.  We encourage students to develop networks throughout their studies programme 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 fromthrough 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.

Employability

The Marine Engineering 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 2017 student cohort intake onwards. There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified marine engineers and therefore the job prospects in this industry are good.

Accreditation

The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited 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. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework exercises and case studies. The taught modules are assessed through formal examination and coursework and the ship design exercise and individual project through a report and presentation. Visits to the marine industry are also offered.

Modules

Full-time

The degree is divided into three major elements. Initially you will undertake six taught modules, involving lectures and seminars, coursework exercises and case studies. The taught modules run concurrently from October until February followed by formal examinations in March. The exact combination of modules studied will depend on whether you choose the Mechanical Stream or Electrical Stream pathway.

Having completed the taught modules, you are offered the opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills and to study the implications of interdisciplinary interactions in the programme's second phase, a Ship Design Exercise. This element of the programme commences in April and is completed by the end of June.

Finally, you are offered the opportunity to hone your research skills in an individual project, undertaken in July, August and September.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options).

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Marine Engineering students are normally invited to an optional, annual extended field trip.

Travel for the trip is paid for by the department from departure at UCL to arrival back at UCL. Some meals and drinks are at the expense of the student.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021