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Maritime Engineering Science: Yacht and High-performance Craft (MSc)

Maritime Engineering Science: Yacht and High-performance Craft (MSc)

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Marine Engineering

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About this course

On this Yacht and High-performance Craft engineering MSc degree you’ll specialise in the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and high-performance vessels. You’ll also gain an understanding of the fixed and offshore structures that help them to function. You'll graduate with the specialist skills in maritime engineering science to design and analyse marine craft and structures.

This Maritime Engineering Science: Yacht and High-performance Craft MSc is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton.

This master's degree covers the core subjects and in-depth knowledge of maritime engineering science for both design and analysis of marine craft and structures within the marine environment.

If you have a first degree in engineering, science or maths and are looking for a career in the maritime sector and yacht design degree to study, this could be the course for you. We'll also consider you if you have relevant experience. You don’t need specialist knowledge of the subject, as we’ll teach you the fundamentals of ship science.

Specialist yacht engineering modules on this MSc programme, will give you a chance to explore the performance and design of a variety of high-performance small craft including:

    • planing craft
    • sailing yachts
    • hydrofoils
    • hovercraft

    You'll discover how to calculate a vessel's performance as you learn about common types of full-scale trials. You’ll gain key skills in areas like force balance, drag breakdowns, resistance approximations and stability.

    Through design-oriented work, you’ll find out how the basic mechanics in each case are applied – first through simplified scenarios and then through more complex engineering design.


    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.


This module provides an in depth coverage of the mechanics of fibre-reinforced polymer materials and structures. The core of the course encompass modelling of the 2D orthotropic lamina reduced from 3D continuum mechanics for anisotropic solids, classical laminate theory and the assumption of orthotropic material behaviour, structural modelling of composite beams and plates, and consideration of damage and prediction of failure. The students will gain an understanding of the deformation and failure behaviour of composite materials and structures through application to specific design applications in project work. The concepts of damage and failure will be introduced along with details of assessing material behaviour through mechanical testing and microscopic evaluations. A laboratory class will introduce the effects of manufacturing processes and material construction. Assignments based on the laboratory will enable student to analyse and predict the behaviour of specific materials configurations using a rational mechanics based approach.

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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

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