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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Marine Engineering MSc

Mechanical and Electrical Options

Key Information

1 Year

This programme is accredited by the RINA  and the IMarEST  on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning 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.


Introduction to the Marine Engineering MSc programme

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, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.

The course introduction, lectures and seminars consist of about 200 hours of formal tuition. The remainder consists of tutorials and time for students to undertake course work and individual work. The degree consists of three major parts, namely:

  • Lectures and seminars, coursework exercises and case studies run concurrently from October until March.
  • The Ship Design Exercise commences in April and is completed by the end of June.
  • The Individual Project is undertaken in July, August and September.

The programme is run in parallel with the MSc in Naval Architecture with students from both programmes working together on a Ship Design Exercise.

This MSc programme has been selected by the UK and Canadian Navies for the advanced training of its Marine Engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations.

Phase 1 - Marine Engineering Lectures and Seminars

These are given in core subjects, and are supported by a variety of coursework exercises and case studies. The student’s performance during the course is assessed on:

  • Formal examination papers related to the lecture material together with course work exercises based on the taught material.
  • The Ship Design Exercise based on a report on the work done and the oral presentations given on the work. This work is done in a group, but each student is individually assessed.
  • The individual project, based upon a report on the work done.


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Phase 2 - Ship Design

Each Marine Engineering Student is grouped with one or two Naval Architects to work on the design of a specific vessel. The Marine Engineer’s role is mainly to specify the propulsive machinery and all auxiliary equipment.

Phase 3 - Individual Project

The individual project allows the student to demonstrate the capability to formulate a plan to solve a particular problem and then to execute that plan. Projects are often design, build and test or can be analytical in nature.

Contact information

If you have questions about this programme please contact:

Estelle Cossin, Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 7679 3907

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