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Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture Education at UCL in London

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University College London (UCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and the oldest and largest constituent college of the federal University of London. UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up English higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds. UCL became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836.

UCL is among the world's top universities, as reflected in performance in a range of rankings and tables. More than 4,000 academic and research staff at UCL are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. 21 Nobel prizewinners have come from the UCL community. The university has a global reach and global vision. 34% of UCL students come from outside the UK, attracted from nearly 140 countries around the globe.

The UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering is a research led department that is a dynamic and vibrant place to study and carry out research, whether you are a prospective student, researcher or industrial collaborator. Located in Central London it was the first Mechanical Engineering Department in the UK and has a long reputation for internationally leading research and quality teaching.

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Academic Programs



Masters Programs - Marine Engineering

  • MSc in Marine Engineering with Mechanical & Electrical Options (1 year): The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships. The program covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine systems, and the program features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams. The UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Highlights of this include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a new fluid mechanics laboratory, and a new towing tank for ship models. This MSc has been selected by the UK and Canadian Navies for the advanced training of its Marine Engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations. Part time option available.
  • Eligibility: A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects such as Physics will be considered. A knowledge of fluids and thermodynamics is essential and at least an understanding of basic electrical engineering. Some experience of the marine environment is suitable.

Masters Programs - Naval Architechture

  • MSc in Naval Architecture (1 year): This degree program offers an opportunity for study at an advanced level of the full range of naval architecture theory, analysis and design procedures for naval and merchant ships. The degree has several unique features. Direction and a significant portion of the teaching is carried out by staff seconded from the UK Ministry of Defense with recent experience of leading ship design teams. Many of the students on the course are from the UK MOD, and from the naval organizations of leading maritime countries. A major part of the degree involves working in a team with other Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students to complete a comprehensive and unique Ship Design Exercise for presentation to course staff and to experienced ship designers from industry. Part time option available.
  • Eligibility: A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Other Programs

  • Graduate Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1 year): The Graduate Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering mirrors the structure of the third year of the BEng/MEng Engineering (Mechanical) programs, including three modules from the Integrated Engineering Program’s Ocean Engineering minor stream. You will develop the fundamental analytical and design skills necessary to become a professional mechanical engineer in your chosen field of employment, whether in industry or in a consulting/research organization.

UCL Features

The academic community includes several Fellows of the Royal Society, Fellows of the British Academy, Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to more than 20 former academics and graduates.

  • Campus: UCL is located at the very centre of London and is well served by transport links from all over the UK and abroad. UCL Bloomsbury Campus is located at Gower Street, London.
  • Accreditation: UCL is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. The naval architecture program is accredited under UK-SPEC by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).
  • International JobOnline: UK educated graduates are more in demand on the international job market than ever before. Find hundreds of employers looking to target UCL graduates on International Job Online. Whether you are an international student looking for work back ‘home’ when you graduate or a UK student looking to gain experience outside of the UK, International Jobonline is a great place to find all the information you need. As well as all the best and most up-to-date vacancies around the globe, IJO features the latest details on UK immigration law and country specific labor market information.
  • UCL Enterprise: The University works with UCL's students and staff to help them realize their ambitions. They provide training courses, organize networking events, identify sources of funding, find customers for their products and help them protect and exploit their intellectual property
  • Housing: At UCL the phrase ‘Hall of Residence’ is used to describe catered accommodation. There are two Halls of Residence at UCL, Ifor Evans Hall and Ramsay Hall, which provide breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays and six UCL closure days. These Halls have small kitchens on each floor for student use. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Students with specific dietary requirements, for whatever reason, are strongly advised to apply for self-catering accommodation only. Places are offered for 39 weeks. Hall fees cover residence for 30 weeks of the UCL academic year plus the Christmas, Easter and start of the summer vacations. Catering is provided for 35 weeks.