School of Engineering

Marine Technology

Marine Technology

We'll help you to gain specialist knowledge and meet the global demands of the industry.

Marine Technology student testing prototypes.

Our Degrees

Gain in-depth knowledge of four specialisms and meet the global demands of industry.

Marine Technology is ‘Engineering for the sea’.

You'll study a range of marine engineering systems, from a ship's main propulsion engines to auxiliary machinery like pumps, power, water, air and hydraulics systems.

You'll also explore the machinery systems of other marine constructions, such as oil platforms and subsea systems.

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You can transfer:

  • from a BEng to an MEng degree up to the end of your third year, if you achieve the appropriate academic standard
  • between marine technology specialisms up to the end of your second year.

Study in Singapore: International students

Working with the Singapore Institute of Technology, we also offer our undergraduate degrees in Singapore, with the following specialisms:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Naval Architecture

Undergraduate Courses in Marine Technology

  • Entry requirements
    • BEng: A Level AAB-ABB; IB 34-35 points
    • MEng: A Level AAA; IB 37 points
  • Duration
    • BEng: 3 years
      • with Foundation Year: 4 years
    • MEng: 4 years
      • with Foundation Year: 5 years

With Foundation Year

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Take a foundation year to develop the knowledge you need to progress to one of our Marine Technology degrees.

Marine Technology: Bachelor and Master of Engineering with Specialisms

Our degree programmes allow you to specialise and graduate with the appropriate honours options in a number of areas.

Marine Technology with Marine Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering
with Marine Engineering

Learn about the marine engineering systems that keep a ship running, and the machinery behind other marine constructions such as oil platforms and subsea systems.

Marine Technology with Naval Architecture: Bachelor and Master of Engineering
with Naval Architecture

Find out how to design the latest ships and other large floating structures using new and advanced technologies.

Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering
with Offshore Engineering

This degree programme focuses on the design and operation of fixed and floating structures which service the offshore energy industry.

Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology: Bachelor and Master of Engineering
with Small Craft Technology

Learn how to design specialist marine products such as hydrofoiling racing yachts, eco-friendly fishing vessels and high-tech lifeboats, which often have to perform in highly demanding environments.


Why Choose Us?

Taught by experts, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You'll flourish in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Our professors are research active, bringing cutting edge ideas into the classroom.

Our teaching staff include chartered engineers, physicists and mathematicians. They have decades of industrial experience.

Our research

Our teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research. Our research sits within the Infrastructure research theme. It's of international quality, and is carried out across three groups in Marine Technology:

  • Marine Hydrodynamics and Structures
  • Marine Resources and Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering
Making shipping sustainable

Climate, economic, technological and legal challenges facing shipping: addressing global challenges

The shipping industry accounts for nearly 20% of global CO2. We are working to understand the scope for greater energy efficiency and the changing demand for shipping.

Interested in this? Check out our research in Sustainable Shipping and Marine Engineering.

Teaching excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.


Your Learning Experience

From research-led teaching to experiential learning, your student experience will be varied, challenging and rewarding.


You'll learn in our state-of-the-art labs and fantastic facilities, many of which are unique to Newcastle University.

  • Use our unique large-scale laboratories to help you learn and understand the concepts
  • Access our £1m Research Vessel, The Princess Royal
  • Test models of propellers, submarines and more in our newly refurbished cavitation tunnel: the largest commercial propeller test tunnel in the country
  • Conduct ship model experiments in our towing tank
  • Experience modelling of the full offshore environment in our combined wind, wave and current tank

Work Placement

Apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can spend your placement year with any organisation, and will receive University support to do so.

You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability.


Our Students

What do our students think of our Marine Technology degrees?



Our graduates employed by companies like Lloyd’s Register, Babcock, BP, BAE Systems and the Royal Navy.

Arup: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Aecom: A top graduate destination
Atkins: A top graduate destination
WSP: A top graduate destination
ABB: A top graduate destination
BAE Systems: A top graduate destination
Mott MacDonald: A top graduate destination
JBA Consulting: A top graduate destination
Sellafield Ltd: A top graduate destination
Skanska: A top graduate destination
The Army: A top graduate destination
Ministry of Defence: A top graduate destination
Babcock: A top graduate destination
GSK GlaxoSmithKline: A top graduate destination
EY: A top graduate destination
Network Rail: A top graduate destination
Jaguar Land Rover: A top graduate destination
Siemens: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Environment Agency: A top graduate destination
Rolls Royce: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Costain: A top graduate destination
Technip: A top graduate destination
NWG Northumbrian Water Group: One of our industrial partners
British Engines: One of our industrial partners
Sevcon: One of our industrial partners
Bel Valves: One of our industrial partners
Dyson: One of our industrial partners
Royston: One of our industrial partners
Northern Powergrid: One of our industrial partners
Northern Gas Networks: One of our industrial partners

We'll enhance your employability from day one, through careers support, industry insight, and an extensive alumni network.

In 2016, 95% of our UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

The average salary is £25,000.

Want to become a Chartered Engineer?

A Chartered Engineer (CEng) is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.

  • Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are a direct route to becoming chartered. You don’t need to study any further qualifications to work toward chartered status.
  • Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved Master's degree.


Our degrees are professionally accredited by the Engineering Council through the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All our undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.