Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering

University of Strathclyde


Years 1 and 2
Our courses have a common core on which you’ll build more specialist knowledge. In Years 1 and 2, you’ll follow this core so it’s possible to change course. You’ll study engineering science and the fundamentals of naval architecture including: buoyancy and floatation; stability; ship types; terminology.

As you progress, you’ll study more specific naval architecture subjects such as: resistance and propulsion; ship structural analysis; ship design; marine engineering systems; business and management subjects.

Years 3 and 4
You’ll study more advanced subjects related to the design of conventional ships, and fixed and floating offshore platforms as well as subsea systems for extracting oil and gas offshore and devices for generating renewable energy from the ocean.

You’ll study state-of-the-art tools for analysing the water flow around ship hulls, predicting the stresses and strains in the hull structure, and the behaviour of ships in waves.

You’ll also study the dynamics of floating offshore platforms in waves, the loading on the platforms from the ocean waves, and how to predict the reliability of offshore structures.

There’s also a specialised individual project on a subject which you will choose. This can involve any combination of calculations, design, computer studies or tank-testing using any of the department’s facilities.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry
4 or 5 Highers at AAAB or AABBB including Maths and Engineering Science or Physics at AB or BA plus English at National 5. Advanced Higher Maths and Physics recommended. Higher English preferred.

Widening Access entry:
4 Highers at AABB including Maths and Engineering Science or Physics plus English at National 5. Advanced Higher Maths and Physics recommended. Higher English preferred.

Start Date





BEng Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Faculty of Engineering


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy