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University of Southampton

Ship Science / Naval Architecture

UCAS Code: J642
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Maritime technology
Student score
82% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Entry requirements for 2018 entry are subject to approval. This is expected to be confirmed by the end of May 2017. Typical offer: AAA, including Mathematics and at least one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics; plus pass in the associated practical science assessment. EPQ offer: AAB, to include Mathematics at grade A and at least one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics at grade A, and grade A in the EPQ; plus pass in the associated practical science assessment. Contextual offer: AAB, to include Mathematics at grade A and at least one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics at grade A; plus pass in the associated practical science assessment. General Studies, Use of Mathematics, Core Mathematics, Thinking Skills and Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

Typical offer: AAA to include Mathematics and at least one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics. All applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 6 points from Mathematics and 6 points from Physics, Further Mathematics or Chemistry.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, alongside design modules throughout your degree, which enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer. This course provides a detailed insight into core naval architecture subject areas, such as resistance and propulsion, maritime structures, hydrodynamics, and materials. You will also learn to enhance design processes using computer-aided design and other modelling techniques. This course is ideally suited to those with an interest in the design, manufacture, and operation of commercial ships. We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.


In years one and two you will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context. In year three, you will have the opportunity to specialise or retain a broad-based study path through a wide selection of subject modules. You will also undertake an individual project. In year four, you will do a group design project and take specialist module options. Core and compulsory modules: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Electrical and Electronics Systems, ThermoFluids, Design and Computing, Basic Naval Architecture, Mechanics, Structures and Materials. Year 2: Engineering Management and Law, Systems Design and Computing for Ships, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Hydrodynamics and Seakeeping, Ship Powering and Control Surfaces, Materials and Structures, Ship Structural Design and Production, Ship Design and Economics. Year 3: Individual Project, Marine Craft Concept Design, Marine Engineering, Ship Manoeuvring and Control, Marine Hydrodynamics, Marine Structures. Year 4: Group Design Project, Marine Law and Management, Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion, Marine Safety and Environmental Engineering, Marine Law and Management, Marine Structures in Fluids.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 82% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
50% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
20% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
443 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are senior officers in protective services


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This course sits within a very specialised subject area for the naval industries, and there aren't many students who take this subject each year. For those who did last year, jobs as engineers or ship officers were much the most common. As the UK has always been a seafaring nation, and the naval industry is still important here, starting salaries can be good (the average was £24,500 last year) and, surprise surprise, based in port towns, so this is great if you'd like to be near (or on!) the sea.
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