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Maritime Engineering Science: Advanced Computational Engineering (MSc)

Maritime Engineering Science: Advanced Computational Engineering (MSc)

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computational Physics Computer Aided Engineering Marine Engineering Engineering Studies Computer Science

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Course Summary

About this course

Study the latest maritime techniques, methods and software on this MSc in Advanced Computational Engineering in Maritime Engineering at the University of Southampton. Learn the theory and practice behind maritime computational engineering science as you take on practical design tasks and prepare how to work effectively with industry. You’ll graduate with the skills for a successful career or for continued study at PhD level.

This Maritime Engineering Science: Advanced Computational Engineering MSc is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton.

You’ll gain an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles, methods and applications of maritime engineering science.

On this pathway you'll also learn advanced computational methods incorporating:

  • complied versus interpreted language
  • combining C-code with Python
  • version control and one version control tool
  • remote and local use of Linux computers
  • shell commands
  • symbolic methods and code generation

Maritime computational engineering covers topics such as advanced sensors and signal processing techniques for machinery condition monitoring. You’ll look at condition-monitoring strategies, leading-edge sensing methods and advanced signal processing techniques. You’ll also gain an introduction to condition-monitoring procedures and system integration.

Optional study topics include aeroelasticity, which covers aeroelastic stability and response. A combination of theoretical and practical teaching will give you a solid understanding of the subject and its application to various aeronautical systems. You’ll get the chance to work with professional software tools currently used by large aerospace industries.

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn how to solve engineering problems by taking account of social, technical, economic and environmental constraints.


The maritime sector provides varied career opportunities in engineering and project management related roles. Maritime engineering science graduates are in strong demand with good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.

Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector with organisations such as:

  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Carnival
  • BMT
  • Nigel Gee
  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support the defence sector and employ a number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable developments are offering excellent prospects both to work in the UK (locally, London or Aberdeen) or worldwide in places such as Singapore, Houston or Perth.

Examinations, presentations, coursework and dissertation


Maximising the propulsive efficiency of ships is key to their economic effectiveness and in minimising their emissions of Co2,NOx and SOx. Advances in ship performance require a detailed understanding of the fluid dynamic mechanisms which control the flow around the hull creating resistance, the interaction of the hull wake with the propulsor and overall how the propulsor can be optimised based on the operational profile of the ship. The module takes a fundamental approach to ship resistance and propulsion examining in detail experimental techniques for measuring resistance components and time varying flow fields, theoretical methods for predicting resistance and propeller performance at concept design and the use of computational fluid dynamic based approaches.

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Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more