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Maritime Engineering Science Marine Engineering and Autonomy

University of Southampton

12 months
26000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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At this Maritime Engineering Science Marine Engineering and Autonomy MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you'll learn about component and systems engineering for ships. You’ll also gain an understanding of the fixed and offshore structures that help them to function. Learn the skills you need to become a specialist in the marine sector.


Course Details

This Maritime Engineering Science Marine Engineering and Autonomy MSc course is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton.

On this UK master’s course you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles, methods and applications of maritime engineering science.

This pathway focuses on the analysis and specification of marine engineering and autonomous systems used on board ships and other marine structures. You’ll study topics like electrical theory, thermodynamics, and engine and machine tribology. 

You’ll explore the marine engineering systems found on board merchant and naval vessels and their importance to ship design. This includes performance characteristics of diesel engines, steam and gas turbines and electric propulsion. The course covers the dynamic response of the main shaft and associated components. 

An introduction to auxiliary systems includes: 

  • heating 
  • ventilation and air-conditioning 
  • refrigeration 
  • the main fuel system 

You’ll also learn about propeller-engine matching and a selection of appropriate machinery configurations. 

Your optional study topics include a chance to study the principles of photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, where you’ll learn about: 

  • electrochemical routes to energy conversion 
  • the relative merits of batteries, fuel cells and redox flow cells 
  • solar radiation as an energy source 
  • solar cell operation and manufacture 
  • design and operation of a photovoltaic system  

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn how to solve engineering problems by taking account of social, technical, economic and environmental constraints. 

Career Opportunities

The maritime sector provides 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. 

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 
  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support the defence sector and employ a 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring
  • Ship Science
  • Marine Engineering
  • Maritime Robotics
  • Maritime Safety: Risk, Environment and Law
  • Failure of Materials and Components
  • Marine Structures in Fluids
  • Offshore Engineering & Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in: 

  • marine engineering 
  • naval architecture 
  • ship science 
  • aerospace engineering 
  • mechanical engineering 
  • general engineering 
  • electrical engineering 
  • physics 
  • mathematics 
Applicants with undergraduate degrees in oceanography or architecture, or applicants from marine academies may also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £26,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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