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Marine Technology Research Programmes

Join a postgraduate research community to extend your knowledge, improve your capability, and do your contribution in achieving net zero emission goal in the field of Marine Technology.

Our marine technology research has an international reputation and we are solving global grand challenges.  

Marine Technology research

Our research supports sustaining a zero-emission international shipping industry. We explore extracting energy from marine sources. We ensure that this energy is environmentally benign. We develop innovative smart, digital and autonomous maritime systems.

Our group has a broad base of expertise and we come from a wide range of engineering and scientific backgrounds. Our research groups include:

Marine Hydrodynamics & Structures

Marine Resources & Renewable Energy

Sustainable Shipping & Marine Engineering


Work on projects with other schools in the University throughout your studies. Collaborate with external institutions and companies, many of which are household names. These collaborative projects reflect the multidisciplinary nature of our research. We work closely with research councils, industry, government and non-government organisations. We belong to a variety of expert committees and learned societies. These networks maximise the impact and real-world applicability of our research and enhance your learning experience.


We have a suite of world-leading experimental facilities for marine technology research, which are available to our students during their research projects. Tour cavitation tunnel, propulsion lab and hydrodynamics facilities.


You will be taught by leaders in their field and be supported throughout your learning journey. Get in touch with our Marine Technology staff.


Studying a research degree with us provides you with:

  • training as part of the largest cohort of interacting and supportive research students in the University
  • access to purpose-built postgraduate study suites
  • cutting-edge labs, equipment and excellent technical support
  • access to a broad knowledge and network base from across our research portfolio
  • development of technical and generic skills
  • advanced taught courses and career development workshops

We offer challenging, fulfilling and industrially relevant degrees. Our research degrees include:

Programme structure

The marine technology PhD requires three years of full-time study, the MPhil and MRes one or two years. You can also take some or all years as a part-time student. This would lengthen the duration of your studies.

A PhD shows substantial evidence of original scholarship. It must contain material worthy of technical publication.

You are normally required to register for the MPhil in the first instance. If your progress is satisfactory, you will be able to transfer to the PhD at the end of the first year.

You will submit a thesis and undertake an oral examination for both the PhD and MPhil assessment. For MRes assessment, you will undertake written examinations, end of semester examinations and a dissertation.

Training and supervision

Your assigned supervisor will monitor your progress throughout your marine technology PhD and assist you in your studies. You will have formal research training in the use and application of research resources. This includes the use of information technology and library provision.

We encourage you to sit in on Masters' seminar programmes. We also invite guest speakers to take part in our Marine Technology seminar programme. These provide a forum for debate and learning. Both taught and research postgraduate students take part

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Postgraduate Scholarships

The awards are to assist IET members in undertaking postgraduate research in the UK.

The IET Postgraduate Scholarships encourage excellence in engineering research at universities in the United Kingdom.

Find out more information on how to apply for a marine technology PhD.


Our graduates have a good record of finding employment. Many industrial sectors need the expertise and knowledge that you'll develop during your studies. Graduates work in a variety of engineering sectors and many work in universities as researchers.