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Maritime Science, Technology, Engineering, Archaeology & Law Eucation & Research Programs at Southampton

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Founded in 1862 and granted Royal Charter in 1952, the University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK, ranked 95th in the world, and has achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. There are over 22,000 students, including 1,400 students from the European Union and 3,400 international students from over 130 different countries outside the EU studying at the university. The university is in Southampton on England’s south coast, around one hour from central London and Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of open countryside.

Southampton graduates are prized by companies involved in high performance engineering. As one of the few universities in the world with an extensive wind tunnel complex, The School of Engineering Sciences is able to give students a unique learning experience using industry-leading experimental facilities.

The University of Southampton Law School has for many years specialized in the field of Maritime Law with its internationally renowned Institute of Maritime Law, and is the research base of many of the leading maritime lawyers in the world. Southampton is a medieval city with a longstanding maritime heritage. It also has close train access to London’s Baltic Exchange, and the UK Supreme Court.

The Center for Maritime Archaeology (CMA) provides a focus for maritime archaeological research at the University of Southampton. Committed to the promotion and practice of maritime archaeology, CMA has provided world class expertise in research and education since 1995. Over this period CMA has established strong links with other UK universities, overseas academic institutions and the commercial sector.

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Programs (Ship Science/Engineering)

  • BEng Ship Science (3 Years): This program is ideal if you wish or need to complete your studies in three years. In the third and final year, you can follow a range of subject options, and maritime design course work forms an integral part of the program. You will also carry out two projects – an individual-based project chosen from a wide selection available within the school and a small group concept design project. The latter provides valuable experience of conducting a design synthesis and working in a team.
  • MEng Ship Science (4 Years): This interdisciplinary program, which is held in high regard in industry, is designed to provide broader coverage of fundamental engineering subjects within the context of ship science. Years 1 and 2 have the same format as the other MEng programs in ship science and the final two years focus on broader project based and engineering management related studies rather than specific ship science themes.
  • MEng Ship Science/Advanced Materials (4 Years): This program enables you to specialize in core naval architecture subject areas in addition to the in-depth study of engineering materials. While the first two years of the program have the same format across all ship science programs, students have the opportunity to specialize in the final two years through discipline-based core modules.
  • MEng Ship Science/Engineering Management (4 Years): This program is designed to enable professional engineers to progress quickly into key management positions in the marine industry. You will develop the technical skills to understand, design and manufacture new products and the expertise to manage the process, people and finances. The first two years are identical to the BEng/MEng Ship Science programs. However, in Years 3 and 4 students take a range of management modules and specialize in core naval architecture subject areas.
  • MEng Ship Science/Naval Architecture (4 Years): This program provides a detailed insight into core naval architecture subject areas, such as resistance and propulsion, maritime structures, maneuvering, hydrodynamics and materials. Computing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) also feature strongly throughout the course. In Years 3 and 4, the mandatory modules in ‘Management’, ‘Marine law’ and ‘Marine safety and environmental engineering’ broaden your knowledge and expertise in subject areas that are particularly relevant for the Chartered Engineer.
  • MEng Ship Science/Naval Engineering (4 Years): This program has been designed in collaboration with the Royal Navy and focuses on the analysis and specification of marine engineering systems used on board ships and other marine structures. It offers excellent preparation for a career as a seagoing engineering officer or the wider defence industry.
  • MEng Ship Science/ Yacht and Small Craft (4 Years): This program provides an opportunity to specialize in the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and other high-performance vessels. Materials-related modules are an essential part of this program due to the wide range of materials used in the design of yachts and small craft. Staff from the University’s Wolfson Unit contributes to the ‘Sailing yacht design’, and ‘Yacht experimental techniques’ modules. In Years 3 and 4, the mandatory modules in ‘Management’, ‘Marine law’ and ‘Marine safety and environmental engineering’ broaden your knowledge and expertise in subject areas that are particularly relevant to the Chartered Engineer.
  • Engineering Foundation Year: Talented applicants who do not have suitable qualifications in Mathematics and/or Physics for direct entry onto the three-year BEng or four-year MEng programs may wish to apply for a preliminary Engineering Foundation Year. The same Foundation Year course is taken by students from all Engineering Schools at Southampton.

Undergraduate Programs (Law)

  • LLB in Maritime Law (3 Years): The LLB (Maritime Law), a new and unique program providing an excellent foundation for a career in international maritime law, commerce and related industries, is a fully qualifying law degree. It is recognized by the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales, and carries full exemption from the academic stage of legal education for the purposes of professional qualification.
  • International Foundation Programme for Law: This program is for those who do not qualify for admission to LLB.

Masters Programs (Marine Engineering & Technology)

  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Advanced Materials
  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Marine Engineering
  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Naval Architecture
  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Offshore Engineering
  • MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Yacht and Small Craft

The above MSc programs will suit engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialize in the maritime engineering science sector. No prior knowledge of the discipline is required. The program offers a sound understanding of the relevant fundamental principles, methods, analysis, synthesis and engineering applications. There are six themes, each with compulsory lecture modules for in-depth specialization, plus three to five options to broaden your experience. The six themes are: Advanced Materials, Marine Engineering, Maritime Computational Fluid Dynamics, Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Yacht and Small Craft. Duration: 1 Year FT / 2-3 Years PT

  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Classification and Survey
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Conversion and Repair
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Defence
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / General
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Marine Engineering
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Naval Architecture
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Offshore Engineering
  • MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Marine Technology / Small Craft Design

These programs aim to meet the needs of graduates and their employers. It is run by a consortium of five UK universities ([email protected]), recognized for their excellence in marine technology education and research: Heriot-Watt, Newcastle, Strathclyde, Southampton and University College London. Most of the students are full time employed in marine industry. For Msc and PG Diploma/Certificate, 8 technology streams are available): Classification and Survey, Conversion and Repair, Defence, General, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Offshore Engineering, Small Craft Design. Study mode and duration: MSc: 2–5 years; PG Dip: 2–5 years; PG Cert: 1–3 years (all distance-learning and 1-week intensive schools)

Masters Programs (Coastal Engineering & Transportation)

  • MSc Transportation Planning & Engineering (1 Year FT, 2-4 years PT): This Program operates within the Universities Transport Partnership (UTP), a consortium of 8 leading UK Universities providing postgraduate programs in Transport and strong links with industry. Students gain a sound knowledge of the theory and concepts involved in transportation planning and engineering, benefiting from the expertise available within the 25-strong Transportation Research Group, as well as from some 20 Transportation professionals from external organizations who contribute to the program.
  • MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (2 years): The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, is a two-year English taught international Master’s program, in which five high-rated European universities participate. During the course students familiarize themselves with key issues involved in providing sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable solutions to various problems in the CoMEM field.

Masters Programs (Law)

  • LLM in Maritime Law: Students undertaking an LLM at University of Southampton, School of Law will enjoy teaching and research facilities that are amongst the very best in the UK. Students are free to select any 4 subjects from the following and will also write a dissertation on a subject of their choice: Admiralty Law; Carriage by Air; Carriage of Goods by Sea; Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation; Comparative Intellectual Property Law ; Corporate Governance; International Commercial ; Arbitration; International Law of the Sea; International Tax Law; International Trade Law; Internet Law; Law of the Marine Environment; Marine Insurance; and World Trade Organization Law & Regional Economic Integration.

Masters Programs (Archaeology)

  • MA/MSc in Maritime Archaeology: The MA/MSc in Maritime Archaeology has been designed to give students the best possible instruction, supervision and support in order to further their careers. This might be in commercial or academic archaeology, but also potentially outside of the scope of the discipline. The skills delivered by this degree program are highly demanding in terms of academic rigor and the development of practical and logistical capabilities.
  • MSc in Maritime Conservation: This program provides specialist training in the field of maritime conservation, and focuses on the conservation and curation of materials from waterlogged environments. Students learn the techniques for the recovery, conservation and storage of both organic and inorganic materials from waterlogged environments, as well as an appreciation of the wider context of maritime archaeology.

Research Programs

  • MRes and PhD in Maritime Archaeology: Support and supervision of high quality graduate research students lies at the heart of the continuing success of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. MRes and PhD students, along with early career post-doctoral research fellows, provide the freshness of perspective and dynamic energy required of any successful research institute. As a researcher within the Center for Maritime Archeology (CMA) students not only benefit from direct supervision from world leading experts, but also gain access to the broader depth of experience held within one of the UK's largest and most successful archaeology departments.
  • Research in Transportation: Postgraduate research opportunities leading to the award of PhD are available for studies in transport. These typically require study for between 3 and 4 years full-time (or between 5 and 7 years part-time) and can be based on research in any aspect of transport (for example transportation planning, engineering, management, modelling, safety, environment/sustainability, public transport systems, freight movement or intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (SMMI) Research Programs

  • Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars (LTDS): The SMMI Leverhulme Trust "Understanding Maritime Futures" Doctoral Scholarships will address key global issues such as access to resources, safety and security, the effects of rising sea levels, technical advancements and autonomy, our responses to natural and human disasters, the impacts on people, and the ways people living by and from the sea understand their experiences and cultural heritage.  All SMMI Leverhulme Trust Doctoral scholars are in receipt of a fully funded studentship, for 3 years at Research Councils UK levels, which will cover maintenance and tuition fees.
  • SMMI Scholars - SMMI funded interdisciplinary PhD Projects: SMMI is committed to training the next generation of marine and maritime professionals to satisfy the maritime sector's requirement as it becomes more and more technologically advanced.  Interdisciplinary research projects continue to be established with SMMI annually funding a number of cross-disciplinary studentships. Some of the sample postgraduate projects can be found here.

Southampton Features


Southampton’s record for success in spinning out its research excellence into business ventures has made it one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the UK. In fact the success in commercializing academic research has been favorably compared with top US university Stanford in a recent Library House study. Southampton also boasts a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) portfolio worth over £1.7 million. The University has an extremely high success rate in gaining KTP funding: on average, 60 per cent of KTP proposals are funded on first application but Southampton continues to enjoy a success rate which is substantially higher.

  • Campus: The university campus is located in Southampton, around one hour from central London and Heathrow Airport. Major European cities are just a short flight from Southampton Airport. The city offers a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment, from cinemas, theatres, concert halls and art galleries, to a wide variety of sporting facilities and one of the south coast’s top ten shopping centers.
  • Accreditation: University of Southampton is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. Many of the ship science and engineering programs are accredited by Royal institute of Naval Architects and qualifies for Chartered Engineer.
  • Research: The research has spawned twelve successful spin-out companies since 2000, three of which have been floated on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) with a combined market capitalization value of £160 million.
  • International Collaboration: As part of the drive to attract the most promising students, promote groundbreaking research and forge new links with business and industry, the university has developed close relationships with talented people and likeminded organizations across the world like Worldwide Universities Network; Centre for Contemporary China; and Mexsu: Centre for Mexico - Southampton Collaboration.
  • Career Fairs: Throughout each academic year, Career Destinations arranges a range of Career Fairs open to all students. These events are free of charge for students and alumni to attend. They offer a unique opportunity for students and employers to meet face to face.
  • Placement Programs: Career Destinations currently have two placement programs available which provide paid work experience opportunities for undergraduate and masters students. The schemes enable the student to obtain work experience within the University or with one of several external organizations who have applied to partake in the scheme. Placements will run for 4-12 weeks over the summer break. Some placements may run for up to 12 months.
  • Housing: With 20 Halls of Residence, a guarantee of a single room in a Hall in your first year and top-class facilities, Southampton is one of the 10 largest providers of student accommodation in the UK University sector.

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