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Naval Architecture, Marine, Ocean & Offshore Engineering, and Logistics & Supply Chain Management Education and Research in Glasgow

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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




Marine & Offshore Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

  • BEng (Hons) / MEng Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (4/ 5 years): This degree aims to develop engineers capable of dealing with engineering challenges on a wide range of marine vehicles, with additional skills and understanding in the impact and importance of marine engineering on their successful design, construction, repair, and maintenance. In addition to core naval architecture subjects, you'll study a range of specialized marine engineering subjects, such as control theory and practice, electrical systems, design of marine engines (diesel, diesel-electric and gas turbine), propeller and shafting systems, system design and simulation, green technology and fuel cell technology.
  • BEng (Hons) / MEng Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering (4/ 5 years): The degree aims to develop graduates capable of dealing with engineering challenges on a wide range of marine vehicles from tankers, bulk carriers, container ships and giant cruise liners to tidal current turbines and oil/gas platforms. In addition to core naval architecture subjects, you'll study a range of specialized ocean engineering subjects and subjects related to the design of novel ship and offshore structures such as risk management and reliability analysis, station-keeping and control and subsea engineering.
  • BEng (Hons) / MEng Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicle (4/ 5 years): This course creates designers with all the core skills of ship design, construction, operation and maintenance. They also have a particular specialization in the creative design and engineering of high performance leisure and commercial vehicles, including sailing and power yachts, fast ferries, hydrofoils, hovercraft, fishing boats and the concept designs of the future.

Postgraduate Programs

  • MSc Advanced Naval Architecture (1 year): You'll study a blend of compulsory and elective classes, including a group project, along with an individual project. The taught parts of the course will comprise 120 credits, including a 40-credit group project. You’ll be part of a group of three to five people working as a consultant team for 10 weeks. You'll address a practical engineering problem and have the opportunity to present the report to a panel of industry experts.
  • MSc Ship & Offshore Structures (1 year): This course was developed in response to the demand for design engineers who can design and assess new ships and offshore structures. You'll be introduced to ultimate strength, fatigue and design concepts for structural components of ships and offshore floating systems. You'll also gain the knowledge of material behavior together with factors influencing the dynamic behavior of offshore installations.
  • MSc Ship & Offshore Technology (2 years): 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. This two-year course is offered jointly with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), one of Germany's newest and most successful universities. Year 1 is completed at Strathclyde and Year 2 in Hamburg. The award is made in the name of both universities.
  • MSc Offshore Floating Systems (1 year): The program provides you with practical knowledge of offshore floating systems. You’ll look at their conceptions, design and installation. You’ll also gain a sound basis of mathematical and engineering fundamentals.
  • MSc/PgDip Technical Ship Management (12/9 months): You'll gain an understanding of the subjects essential for effective and efficient management of ships and fleets. This course allows you to develop multidisciplinary interests and skills by working with other areas of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering. As a graduate you could expect to work in the industry as a technical ship superintendent or manager.
  • MSc Marine Engineering (1 year): There’s a particular emphasis on propulsion and control systems on this course. High efficiency and low environmental impact of marine engines are the key factors in assuring economical operation and environmental protection in maritime transportation. This has important implications for both economic success and environmental impact.
  • MSc Offshore Wind Energy (1 year): A uniquely well-rounded, offshore wind-focused MSc, taught by staff having internationally leading expertise and track record in both wind turbines offshore engineering and electric and electronic engineering, unparalleled in the world.
  • MSc Subsea & Pipeline Engineering (1 year): This course is for graduates in naval architecture, offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and related disciplines who want to gain advanced knowledge of subsea systems, designs and installation.
  • MSc/PgDip Sustainable Engineering: Marine Technology (12/9 months): 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.
  • MSc Marine Engineering with Specialization in Autonomous Marine Vehicles (1 year): This program aims to address an identified market need for a postgraduate qualification that is relevant to the maritime industry and which develops skills and knowledge in autonomy and IT technologies used in the sector.
  • MSc/PgDip Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy (12/9 months): 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.

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.

Supply Chain & Logistics

Postgraduate Programs

  • MSc Supply Chain & Logistics Management (1 year full time, 2 years part time): You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll also focus on the improvement of process performance from a logistics perspective, taking into consideration new demands such as reverse logistics and green supply chain management. To do this, you'll be equipped with concepts and methods to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organizations worldwide. Accreditation has been awarded for this program from the Chartered Institution of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).
  • MSc Supply Chain & Procurement Management (1 year full time, 2 years part time): You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll also focus on the improvement of process performance from a procurement perspective and become equipped with the concepts and methods to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organizations worldwide. Accredited by Chartered Institution of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).
  • MSc Supply Chain & Sustainability Management (1 year full time, 2 years part time): You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll focus on the improvement of process performance from a sustainability perspective, taking into consideration new demands such as green operations and green supply chain management. Accredited by Chartered Institution of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

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.