Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface area. It is a diverse environment with vast engineering problems requiring solutions. Engineers who can find innovative and sustainable ways to solve these issues are in high demand.

On this course, you will gain expertise in the fundamental research methods of marine hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. You also learn about its practical application, analysis and design.

You will apply theoretical, computational and experimental principles of hydrodynamics to traditional and contemporary problems of ocean engineering. This includes applications to coastal; offshore and subsea engineering; naval architecture and other related disciplines.

Our academic staff will support you through your studies. They are renowned internationally for their impact, contribution and extensive experience.

We work closely with experts to produce graduates with the skills to meet industry standards and requirements. We also comply with other stakeholder rules and regulations.

Field trips are an essential aspect of this course.

You will also have an opportunity to work in a team on a major marine renewable energy systems design project. This will incorporate the technical, economic, environmental, ethical, social, and liability considerations and constraints faced in the industry. The Design module will be delivered in close collaboration with the industry.

This course is designed both for those pursuing a higher degree who wish to become specialists in ocean engineering and related disciplines, soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree and for those with considerable work experience.


The University will be seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators, which comprises the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers in 2019.

How you will be taught

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars by invited academic and industry experts
  • laboratory exercises
  • design project
  • field trips

How you will be assessed

  • class discussions and observations
  • written and practical coursework
  • written and practical examinations
  • project report and presentations
  • MSc thesis

What you will study

You will complete core and specialist modules.

These will provide you with in-depth and advanced knowledge of:

  • hydrodynamics of fluid-structure interaction
  • water wave mechanics
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • coastal engineering
  • marine renewable energy
  • engineering design

You will carry out your own research project under supervision, on a topic of your choice.


We are globally renowned for research and teaching in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Offshore Geotechnics, and Marine Renewable Structures. We are also home to the Offshore Renewables Institute.

During the design module, you will have the opportunity to work with experts from world-leading oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. This will give you an extra advantage, whether you pursue a PhD or join industry or government.

There are excellent career opportunities within the industry. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, opportunities for graduates arise in:

  • renewable energy
  • oil and gas
  • coastal engineering
  • offshore engineering
  • naval architecture
  • and subsea engineering sectors

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. We blend science and technology with management education in a unique learning environment. This makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil and ocean engineering and a wide range of related sectors.

Our graduates achieve high-level positions in various engineering sectors. Some have gone on to managing and technical roles as consulting engineers and contractors in the offshore and others in the construction industries and research organisations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline. For applicants with a non-technical degree, they should hold a 2:1 honours degree or above, and their suitability for one of the MSc programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated May 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
12 months
6,950 GBP
per year, Scottish, EU and the rest of UK students. Overseas students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study.
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