Taught course

Maritime Engineering Science: Yacht and Small Craft

University of Southampton · School of Engineering Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University) or above in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. We may also consider applicants with undergraduate degrees in Oceanography or Architecture, or applicants from Marine Academies - please contact us before applying for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc specialises in the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and other high-performance vessels, and will suit graduates of engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. Our engineers from the worldrenowned Wolfson unit will contribute to your teaching on this This programme focuses on the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and other high-performance vessels. Our engineers from the world-renowned Wolfson Unit will contribute to your teaching on this course. Prior specialised knowledge of the discipline isn’t necessary, as we will provide you with an introductory module to the fundamentals of Ship Science. You will not require a specialised knowledge of this discipline as an introductory module, the Fundamentals of Ship Science, is part of the course.

Compulsory modules include: Fundamentals of Ship Science; MSc Research Project; Yacht and High Performance Craft; Marine Law and Management; Sailing Yacht and Powercraft Design; Marine Safety and Environmental Engineering

Optional modules include: Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Manufacturing Materials; Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion; Ship Manoeuvring and Control; Marine Hydrodynamics; Marine Structures; Design Search and Optimisation; Composite Engineering Design and Mechanics; Failure of Materials and Components; Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Engineering and the Environment
+44 (0)23 8059 4651