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Naval Architecture, Marine, Ocean & Offshore Engineering, and Logistics Education

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Founded in 1796, the University of Strathclyde is Glasgow's second university by age, and committed to providing a high-quality education and experience to all students, regardless of background, inspiring them to develop to the full their abilities, producing outstanding professional and enterprising people for industry, business and the professions. At the time of its Royal Charter in 1964, the University had around 4,000 full-time students and one block of buildings fronted by the Royal College. Today, Strathclyde is the third largest university in Scotland with more than 15,000 students.

Startclyde’s Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM) is a department aiming to offer broad-based education and research of relevance to meet industrial and commercial needs. The fields of expertise range from creative and engineering design, through manufacturing and supply to the management of the entire value chain.

With an illustrious 125 year history, the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) is a key provider of marine technology expertise in the UK and beyond. Ideally located in Glasgow, the department continues to build on the city’s rich heritage of shipbuilding and sea-faring, making significant contributions to National and International policy-making and the advancement of the Marine Technology field.

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Academic Programs


Naval Architecture Programs

Undergraduate / Masters Programs

  • BEng / MEng in Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering: Along with the common core you will study a range of specialized Ocean Engineering subjects. You also choose some subjects related to the design of novel ship and offshore structures, such as station-keeping and control, and lightweight structures.
  • BEng / MEng in Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles: Graduates are equipped with the core skills of ship design, construction, operation and maintenance, along with a particular specialism in the creative design and engineering of small leisure and commercial vessels. These include sailing and power yachts and superyachts, fast ferries, hydrofoils, hovercraft, and container ships.
  • BEng / MEng in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering: Graduates are equipped to deal with engineering challenges on a wide range of marine vehicles, while also understanding the successful design, construction, repair and maintenance of such vehicles. In addition to core Naval Architecture subjects, you will also study a range of specialized Marine Engineering subjects.

Research Programs

  • Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (PhD, MPhil, MRes, EngD): You can study an MPhil or an MRes over the course of one year, a PhD over three years or an EngD over four years.
  • PhD & MPhil: Research areas include - Safety, Sustainable Shipping, Oil & Gas and, Marine Renewables. As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student.
  • EngD: This degree is specific to Offshore Renewable Energy
  • MRes: This degree is specific to Engineering.

Engineering/Technology Programs

  • MSc/PGDip in Marine Engineering: This program allows graduate engineers or those from related disciplines to specialize in, or convert to, Marine Engineering. Marine Engineering is concerned with the design, construction, installation, and support of the systems and equipment onboard marine vehicles, with particular emphasis on propulsion and control systems.
  • MSc/PGDip in Sustainable Engineering - Offshore Renewable Engineering: This flexible, multidisciplinary program combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies with training in sustainability. With input from industry and a range of Engineering departments, the course is a cross-disciplinary collaboration relevant to students seeking careers in industry and to industry staff seeking to further their professional development. Employers place a high value on job candidates whose expertise in their chosen field is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of sustainable approaches and practices.
  • MSc/PGDip in Sustainable Engineering - Marine Technology: This flexible program combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability. The program has been developed with direct industrial involvement to provide you with a solid understanding of modern, sustainable engineering. As well as gaining an understanding of how sustainable engineering applies to Marine Technology, this program will also provide you with key transferable skills to aid your employability.
  • MSc/PGDip in Offshore Floating Systems: This program is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines. It provides students with practical knowledge of offshore floating systems, their conceptions, design and installation, with a sound basis of mathematical and engineering fundamentals.
  • MSc/PGDip in Subsea & Pipeline Engineering: This program is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge on subsea systems, their conceptions, design and installation. These include systems and equipment such as pipelines, wellheads, drilling rigs and riser and mooring systems.
  • MSc/PGDip in Ship and Offshore Technology: This program is designed for graduate engineers in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and other related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects of ship and offshore technologies. The course is offered jointly between the University of Strathclyde and Hamburg University of Technology in Germany, and the awards are made in the name of both universities.
  • MSc/PGDip in Ship & Offshore Structures: This program was developed following an increase in demand for design engineers who can design and assess new ships and offshore structures. It is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines who will be introduced to ultimate strength, fatigue and design concepts for structural components of ships and offshore floating systems. The program will provide students with knowledge of material behavior together with factors influencing the dynamic behavior of offshore installations.
  • MSc/PGDip/PGCert Marine Technology - MTEC (Part Time): This program is provided by the Marine Technology Education Consortium, a collaboration between six Universities in the UK. It was created to offer graduates in full time employment in the marine industry with flexible training. Technical and managerial skills together with business and management applications are taught. Alternatively modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development. Each module will involve a combination of distance learning and attendance of a one-week intensive school.

Supply Chain and Logistics Programs

  • MSc/PGDip Supply Chain and Logistics Management: Designed to encapsulate the latest logistics requirements such as: the ability from logistics managers to enhance business opportunities to circular economy approaches and digital manufacturing; the rise of sales through ecommerce also requires an accurate demand and supply forecast from logistics areas
  • MSc/PGDip Supply Chain and Procurement Management : Designed to encapsulate the latest procurement requirements, including: organisational transparency; connectivity of stakeholders across multiple supply chains; responsible and informed attitudes to procurement
  • MSc/PGDip Supply Chain & Sustainability Management: Designed to encapsulate the latest industrial environmental issues such as: extended producer responsibility; the philosophy of design, manufacturing and engineering management for the circular economy

Strathclyde Features

Industrial lecturers, case studies from business, site visits and projects for industrial clients are just some of the ways the programs provide you with opportunities to develop employability skills and to meet with potential employers. With such strong links to business, it is not surprising that engineering graduates achieve a consistently high employment rate - four out of five graduates either gain employment or go on to further study within six months of graduation. The reputation of engineering courses at Strathclyde, combined with the excellence of the University Careers Service, ensures you are well prepared for finding employment.

  • Campus: Located at the heart of Glasgow City Centre, Strathclyde John Anderson Campus is very close to road and rail links. The campus is a 30 minutes drive from Glasgow International Airport and a one hour flight from London. Glasgow has ready access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, including the Loch Lomond and the Highlands.
  • Accreditation: University of Strathclyde is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. The BEng and MEng courses are accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on behalf of the Engineering Council.
  • Career Opportunities: Naval Architects are recognized as one of the highest-paid specialist engineers, with a wide variety of positions and roles. Career opportunities in the maritime industry and further afield, both in the UK and worldwide include ship design and technical consultancy, ship safety, shipping and ship operation and management, as well as specialized areas of fast ships, leisure craft, and shipbuilding and repair.
  • Research Excellence: Renowned for leading international research, the Engineering departments were rated as nationally or internationally leading in all areas as judged by the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
  • Industrial Links: Extensive ties with industry ensure that the programs meet the changing needs of the workplace. Industrially sponsored facilities, centers and projects provide real learning opportunities and projects often leading to work placements or even job offers.
  • Strathclyde Marine Institute: The Strathclyde Marine Institute (SMI) is a collaborative venture that focuses on research alliances in engineering, science and humanities. The SMI’s goal is to ensure the future economic growth of the UK’s maritime sector, based on environmentally sustainable working practices.
  • Housing: The University has accommodation for around 2,000 single students in self-catering flats in the heart of Glasgow. Most students live on campus in a student village, and the university gives priority to students from outside the Glasgow area.

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