Small craft are specialist marine products, like hydrofoiling racing yachts, eco-friendly fishing vessels and high-tech lifeboats.
They form a significant proportion of the UK marine industry and often have to perform in the most demanding environments.
This degree equips you with the specialist knowledge to design the latest boats, using advanced technologies.
After learning the fundamentals of marine technology in your first two years, you'll move on to specialist modules in:
- small craft design
- marine structures
- small craft hydrodynamics
The degree responds to the fast growth in this industry and encompasses naval architecture, marine dynamics, propulsion and materials science.
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.
Your course during COVID-19
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.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Flexible degree structure
All Marine Technology students study the same topics for the first two years, this means transfer between marine technology degree specialisms is also possible up to the end of Stage 2.
Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
This degree is professionally accredited by the Engineering Council through the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
This means future employers will recognise the quality of your degree because it meets high professional standards. It also means both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a chartered engineer, chartered scientist, chartered marine scientist or an incorporated engineer.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
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.
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.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Stage 1 will provide a broad introduction to the principles of engineering. You'll study engineering in a marine context right from your very first year, through the specialist module Marine Design and Professional Skills.
|Engineering Mathematics I||20|
|Electrical and Magnetic Systems||15|
|Electronics and Sensors||10|
|Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials||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.
|Accounting, Finance and Law for Engineers||10|
|Engineering Mathematics II||10|
|Further Naval Architecture||20|
|Marine Engineering II||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 small craft design; marine structures; and small craft hydrodynamics. You'll also complete a naval architecture-focused individual project where you can research in-depth a subject of your choice.
|Marine Transport Business||10|
|Future Marine Projects||10|
|Small Craft Design||20|
|Marine Structures II||10|
|Further Ship Hydrodynamics||20|
|Project and Report in Small Craft Technology||40|
|Marine Production Management||10|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
Contact hours will be a combination of:
- seminars from invited speakers in industry and academia
- practical work
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
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 have access to state-of-the-art labs and fantastic facilities, many of which are unique to Newcastle University.
We recognise the importance of first-hand experience and organise a variety of visits during your studies. This ensures that you see the application of marine technology in a range of organisations, 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.
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. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
- 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
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.
Join a network of successful graduates
You'll benefit from our strong industrial links with:
- Lloyd’s Register
- BAE Systems
- the Royal Navy
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
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
Singapore study option (international students)
Working with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Newcastle University offers full-time BEng Honours degrees in Singapore, in:
- Marine Engineering
- Offshore Engineering
- Naval Architecture
These provide international students with the opportunity to study marine technology subjects from Newcastle University in Singapore.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
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.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. 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.
Advice on maths and science requirements
If you don’t think you will have the exact mathematics and science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do.
- If you have a maths qualification but will not have it at A Level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in Year 1 if we think that this will be the best route for you.
- If you have A Level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that this course is not the best option for you.
- If you will not have the equivalent of an A Level in the science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.
If you are still not sure, don’t worry. Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may, therefore, make you an offer for a different course from the one you apply for (eg Foundation Year entry instead of Year 1 entry).
*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, maths and physics degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.