M.Sc. On Campus

Maritime Engineering Science Yacht and High-performance Craft

University of Southampton

12 months
26000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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At this Maritime Engineering Science Yacht and High-performance Craft MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll specialise in the analysis, design and performance of yachts, small craft and high-performance vessels. You’ll also gain an understanding of the fixed and offshore structures that help them to function.


Course Details

This Maritime Engineering Science Yacht and High-performance Craft MSc course is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton.

This master's degree covers the core subjects and in-depth knowledge of maritime engineering science for both design and analysis of marine craft and structures within the marine environment.

If you have a first degree in engineering, science or maths and are looking for a career in the maritime sector and yacht design degree to study, this could be the course for you. We'll also consider you if you have relevant experience.  You don’t need specialist knowledge of the subject, as we’ll teach you the fundamentals of ship science.

Specialist yacht engineering modules on this MSc programme, will give you a chance to explore the performance and design of a variety of high-performance small craft including: 

  • planing craft 
  • sailing yachts 
  • hydrofoils 
  • hovercraft 

You'll discover how to calculate a vessel's performance as you learn about common types of full-scale trials. You’ll gain key skills in areas like force balance, drag breakdowns, resistance approximations and stability. 

Through design-oriented work, you’ll find out how the basic mechanics in each case are applied – first through simplified scenarios and then through more complex engineering design. 

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:

  • Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics
  • Ship Science
  • Maritime Safety: Risk, Environment and Law
  • Sailing Yacht and Powercraft Design
  • Yacht and High Performance Craft
  • Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion
  • Applications of CFD

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 
  • maths 
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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