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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering BEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H515
  • Full time
  • 3 years

Our three-year BEng Honours degree focuses on the design and operation of marine vehicles and offshore infrastructure.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024


Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering focuses on the design and operation of marine vehicles and offshore infrastructure. You'll learn how to design specialist systems using the latest technologies.

We design our curriculum and projects with leading companies. You'll take part in our annual design pitch, where you can showcase your project work to industry partners.

You’ll work on projects in multidisciplinary teams gaining hands-on experience in areas such as:

  • energy applications
  • marine vehicles
  • marine technologies
  • ship design.

You’ll develop the technical and professional skills needed for the digital age.

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.

Transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree is possible up to the end of Stage 3 if you achieve the appropriate academic standard.

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Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2023-24.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.


You'll gain a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You'll study engineering in a marine context through the specialist module Marine Design and Professional Skills.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics I 20
Electrical and Magnetic Systems 15
Electronics and Sensors 10
Thermofluid Mechanics 15
Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials 15
Mechanics I 15
Marine Design and Professional Skills 30

You'll gain a firm foundation in engineering principles covering topics in core subjects, including thermodynamics, mathematics and engineering, which we relate to the broad scope of marine technology.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics II 10
AC Electrical Power and Conversion 10
Business and Law for Engineers 10
Further Naval Architecture 20
Marine Engineering II 20
Ship Hydrodynamics 20
Applications of Engineering II 10
Marine Structures I 20

You'll continue with core modules to develop your knowledge of the essentials of the subject. You'll study specialist modules including marine production management and ship and system design. You'll also complete a dissertation.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

Marine Transport Business (10 credits)

Ship and System Design (30 credits)

Marine Engineering III (20 credits)

Further Ship Hydrodynamics (20 credits)

Marine Production Management (10 credits)

Dissertation in Maritime Engineering (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Contact hours will be a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars from invited speakers in industry and academia
  • practical work

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll gain hands-on experience with our experimental facilities, including a model-testing tank, extensive computing facilities and the largest commercial propeller test tunnel in the country.

You'll enjoy a variety of visits during your studies, including local and national marine production facilities, offshore rigs and platform-building sites.

Chat to a student

I chose Newcastle because of its rating as one of the best marine technology courses, and the lecturers are published in many well-known journals.

Serena, Marine Technology student

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

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

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year.  Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be part of the School of Engineering and you'll learn in state-of-the-art labs and fantastic facilities, many of which are unique to Newcastle University. You'll have access to our:

  • unique large-scale laboratories to help you learn and understand concepts taught in class
  • £1m Research Vessel, The Princess Royal
  • cavitation tunnel to test models of propellers, submarines and more
  • towing tank to conduct ship model experiments
  • combined wind, wave and current tank to experience modelling of the full offshore environment
  • hydrodynamics laboratory with wave-making and electronic recording equipment
  • engineering laboratories, which include facilities to test diesel engines
  • dedicated computer cluster running specialist marine design software
  • specialist technical library and archive

Support

At Newcastle, you'll join a vibrant, global community of staff and students in the School of Engineering.

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:

  • a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
  • a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

You'll benefit from our strong industrial links with:

  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Babcock
  • BP
  • BAE Systems
  • the Royal Navy

Recent graduates have taken up roles such as:

  • Royal Navy officer
  • product engineer
  • marine engineer

Be part of a thriving sector

The marine technology sector is currently thriving worldwide and in many areas there are acute shortages of skilled personnel.

UK-based and multinational companies have a demand for degree-qualified:

  • marine engineers
  • naval architects
  • experts in computer-aided design
  • engineering specialists
  • production specialists and managers
  • surveyors
  • research and policy development

A large proportion of Marine Technology graduates find employment in:

  • the ship and offshore construction industry
  • shipping and offshore companies
  • government departments
  • classification societies
  • regulatory agencies and consultancy firms
  • offshore renewable energy generation

The development of deep-water oil and gas recovery has increased demand for specialists in the design and operation of offshore vessels and processing plants.

An increasing number of graduates enter careers in the design and manufacture of yachts, luxury cruisers and high-speed passenger craft.

A number of our students also go on to postgraduate study and research into new technologies.

Make a difference

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Careers support

You'll be given networking opportunities through our close connections to industry and professional marine organisations.

We also organise a marine careers fair every year, attracting graduate recruiters such as:

  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Babcock
  • BP
  • BAE Systems
  • the Royal Navy

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BEng Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

9250

International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

26400

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Scholarships

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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