Bachelor's Degree in Ship Science
Southampton has been one of Britain's most important naval and shipbuilding centres since the Middle Ages. Our specialist course looks at naval architecture and marine engineering. It is ideal for those who want to continue their studies, follow a research career, or work in ship engineering.
Ship Science looks at the design, construction and testing of ships and ocean structures. These could be for transport, recreation or harnessing marine resources.
You'll get a broad mechanical engineering degree, with a focus on maritime engineering.
- complex mobile systems
In your final year, you can study advanced naval architecture and you'll complete an individual research project.
As part of this course you can:
- use our state-of-the-art facilities, including the largest university towing tank in the UK
- learn from internationally-renowned engineers from the Wolfson Unit and Lloyd’s Register
- showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show
- visit sites to experience engineering in practice
- join our Hydro Team to help design and build innovative marine vehicles
- take a work placement during the summer holidays
You can take this course with an additional, year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code J60P for the Industrial Placement Year option.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer registration.
AAB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and an additional required subject (minimum grade A).
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, and 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry or Physics
- D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A-level mathematics and A in an additional required A-level subject
- We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels
- We do not accept the BTEC Diploma without additional A-levels
- Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year
Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Basic Naval Architecture
- Design and Computing
- Electrical and Electronics Systems
- Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
- Mechanics, Structures and Materials
- Engineering Management and Law
- Hydrodynamics and Seakeeping
- Materials and Structures
- Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
- Ship Design and Economics
- Ship Resistance and Propulsion
- Ship Structural Design and Production
- Systems Design and Computing for Ships
- Individual Project
- Marine Craft Concept Design
- Marine Engineering
- Marine Hydrodynamics
- Marine Structures
- Ship Manoeuvring and Control
You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:
- Manufacturing and Materials
- Yacht and High Performance Craft
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
- EU and International students: £22,760 per year.
- Final award: Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BEng (Hons))
- Name of Award: Ship Science
- Interim Exit awards:
- Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
- Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
- FHEQ level of final award: Level 6
This degree also provides a great foundation to continue your studies at Masters or PhD level.
Worldwide, the maritime sector is buoyant with many and varied career opportunities in engineering and beyond. This course is accredited by 3 professional bodies, meaning you'll have a range of options for a future engineering career.
Recent graduates have gone on to work at organisations including:
- BAE Systems
- BMT Group
- Princess Yachts
- Lloyd’s Register
- Ministry of Defence
About this institute
University of Southampton
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