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Maritime Engineering Science (Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics)

Maritime Engineering Science (Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computational Biology Fluid Engineering Solid Mechanics Fluid Mechanics

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc will suit engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in the maritime engineering science sector. The core modules, including 'Applications of CFD', and 'Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion', are particularly relevant to the Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics theme of this course.

Introducing your degree

Maritime Engineering Science is an MSc course designed for graduates, or similarly qualified, with an engineering, scientific or mathematical background, who desire to pursue a career in maritime sector. An introductory module is provided at the start to give students the fundamental knowledge necessary for them to succeed in the course.

The masters course in Maritime Engineering Science / Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics concentrates on the computational techniques and their applications to the predictions of fluid behaviour and its interactions with structure, core to the engineering in the maritime environment.

The year will be divided into two semesters. Your compulsory modules will give you an in-depth understanding of CFD methodology, data interpretation and practical applications of numerical procedures. You will also study Application of CFD and advances in ship resistance and propulsion.

In each semester, you will have the chance to broaden your maritime engineering education by selecting option modules including flow control, offshore engineering analysis and design search and optimisation.

The last four months will be devoted to practical research. You will complete a final research project and take advantage of our world-class high performance computing facility for your CFD work as well as CFD test facilities to perform your experimental work.


As part of the normal requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).


The maritime sector provides many and 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, Maritime and Coastguard agency and many others based nearby. Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support primarily the defence sector and employ a good 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, etc.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Within the context of your programme of study, students will undertake independent, original and critical research on a relevant topic. Students will then communicate the research objectives, methodology, analysis, results and conclusions effectively both orally and through the production of a Dissertation. Industrial placement or collaboration is strongly encouraged and facilitated. The subject matter of the research based dissertation is provided in the School of Engineering project specification list offered by academic staff. Alternatively, students may initiate their own project in accordance with local arrangements within the different MSc programmes. Whatever the topic, the background literature must be researched and critically reviewed so that analysis (mathematical or numerical) methods and/or experimental procedures may be identified and justified as appropriate to the challenges of the project specification. A pure subject review without either analysis or experimental investigation is deemed inappropriate for an MSc dissertation.
Marine Safety and Environmental Engineering - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Honours Degree 2:1 honours degree (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University) or above in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. We may also consider applicants with undergraduate degrees in Oceanography or Architecture, or applicants from Marine Academies - please contact us before applying for more information. Equivalent Qualifications Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Department profile

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton is home to Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, which incorporates the Optoelectronics Research Centre. Postgraduate study: We offer over 50 taught masters programmes for you to choose from, ranging from electrochemistry to audiology,...more

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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