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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Naval Architecture MSc

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 Naval Architecture MSc programme

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.

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Phase 1 - Lectures

The main content of the first phase is the study of the analytical disciplines required in naval architecture: ship dynamics, ship hydrodynamics, and ship structures. This is undertaken by lecture courses, assessment questions and tutorials. The phase lasts about six months and also includes most of the lectures and seminars in ship design and general engineering.

For entry in September 2022, the modules will include:

Phase 2 - The Ship Design Exercise

For entry in September 2021, the modules will include:

Ship Design Exercise for Naval Architects (MECH0069)

The Ship Design Exercise is undertaken in small teams of Naval Architecture students together with Marine Engineers from the sister MSc in Marine Engineering. Students design ships from a customer’s outline requirements, the ships ranging from frigates and escort carriers to diving support vessels and cruise ships. Advanced marine vehicles are designed as well as monohulls. This phase of the course lasts three months and consists mainly of design room work but is also supported by the remaining ship design lectures.

The lectures include those from visiting lecturers in the ship design community, as well as attendance at RINA Spring Technical Meetings and Symposia. The exercise is supervised by the Professor of Naval Architecture and a member of the RCNC staff, with particular experience of ship design practice, on secondment to UCL. The design work includes use of a suite of preliminary design computer programs, together with a computer aided design system for ships (PARAMARIME) for the more detailed work.

Students are issued with outline requirements for the Ship Design Exercise during January, this enables them to start the ship design whilst finishing the formal lecture courses and preparing for the written exams. The students start work full time on their ship design after Easter. The design exercise then runs until the end of June. Design lectures which support the ship design exercise are given from the start of the course in October and run right through to the completion of the exercise in June. The Designs are assessed both through meeting specific design tasks and by regular reviews via design presentations to the staff. Final presentation of the designs is by a written report and formal presentation to external examiners who are eminent in the field of ship design.

Phase 3 - The Individual Research Project

For entry in September 2022, the modules will include:

MSc Individual Project (Naval Architecture) (MECH0070)

Students undertake individual research topics in the field of Naval Architecture, the subject for the project can be either experimental or theoretical and may be related to a specific aspect of the individual’s ship design. Projects, which last three months, are centred either at UCL using the experimental and/or computer facilities on site or at Government Establishments or with Industry which sponsor specific experimental or theoretical tasks of current interest. The main areas of interest are hydrodynamics, structures and ship design.

Students choose individual research topics in the Spring Term. However, the bulk of effort on the project is undertaken subsequent to the Ship Design Exercise. Each student submits a report on their project. This forms the basis for the assessment of the project.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this programme please contact:

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

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