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Naval Architecture MSc

The Naval Architecture MSc is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures for both naval and merchant ships. The knowledge gained on the programme should enable graduates to be easily integrated into industrial ship design teams.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£14,300 (FT)
Overseas:
£28,500 (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Accreditation:

The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2017 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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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About this degree

Students study ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, ship structures and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. They work in multidisciplinary teams with marine engineers (from the Marine Engineering MSc) on a comprehensive group 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).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Naval Architecture.

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.

Core modules

  • Ship Dynamics
  • Ship Structures
  • Ship Hydrodynamics
  • Ship Design Exercise for Naval Architects

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

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 assessed coursework, oral and viva voce examinations. These include the evaluation of technical reports, problem-solving exercises, project reports, computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations.

Additional costs

Naval Architecture 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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

Careers

There is currently a global demand for well-qualified naval architects. As a result, graduates from the programme should have a range of employment opportunities in this sector. 

Employability

UCL Naval Architecture MSc students are highly employable, particularly given the global demand for  suitably qualified naval architects. 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. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

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 opportunities are 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.

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

Accreditation:

The Naval Architecture MSc has been accredited, for a period of five years from the 2017 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.

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in engineering, preferably mechanical, aeonautical, civil or naval architecture. Graduates from the programme will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field, as Chartered Professional Engineers or at high levels of management and procurement in naval architecture.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

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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