Marine technology is thriving worldwide, and in many areas there are acute shortages of graduates with the right skills.
We offer a range of degrees in this area, applying science and engineering principles in a marine context, covering everything from oil rigs to cruise liners.
We have a distinguished reputation amongst employers, having taught marine technology for over a century, and our graduates are consistently in high demand with a wide range of employers.
Our professionally accredited three-year Small Craft Technology BEng Honours degree covers aspects of design and operation of small craft including yachts, leisure craft and high speed craft such as catamarans, responding to the fast growth in this industry. It encompasses naval architecture, marine dynamics, propulsion and materials science.
The quality of the marine technology study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall student satisfaction score of 100% in the 2013 National Student Survey.
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and the Engineering Council, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
See the MEng or BEng section below for more information about professional accreditation and the difference between studying to BEng and MEng level.
Contact hours will be a combination of lectures, seminars from invited speakers in industry and academia, and practical work. At Newcastle we recognise the importance of first-hand experience and organise a variety of visits during your studies. This is a formal component of some modules and ensures that you see the applications of marine technology in a range of organisations, including local and national marine production facilities, offshore rigs, and platform building sites.
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module, more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
All of our marine technology students study the same programme for the first year. One of our strengths is that we teach engineering in a marine context right from the start through specialist topics such as:
To ensure you have a firm foundation in engineering principles we cover topics in core subjects, which we relate to the broad scope of marine technology, including:
Core modules in Stage 2 and beyond are also shared by all of our Marine Technology students, building on skills and knowledge in areas such as marine structures, naval architecture, hydrodynamics and marine systems.
In Stages 3 and 4 you study further modules specific to the degree specialisation you have chosen.
Transfer between any of our marine technology degrees is possible up to the beginning of Stage 2, though you must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree.
Many of our facilities are unique to Newcastle University and include:
We also have:
Visit the School of Marine Science and Technology's website to find out more about our facilities.
At Newcastle, you will join a vibrant, global community of staff and students in the School of Marine Science and Technology. We have staff and students representing over 50 nationalities. This will provide you with valuable international connections.
There is an active student society, WETSOC, which organises social activities, trips abroad, visits from employers and trips to conferences around the country. The School also organises trips during the summer vacation, including visits to our marine campus in Singapore.
We offer Marine Technology degrees at two levels:
All of our Marine Technology degrees are professionally accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Both the BEng and MEng provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming chartered as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. You do not undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master’s degree, or appropriate further learning to Master’s level.
A BEng is also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Newcastle is one of only 10 UK universities taking part in DTUS.
Find out more on the Armed Forces page on our website.