The Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (MEng NAME) is an interdisciplinary, industry-focused program that trains students in the design and construction of ships and other structures in the marine environment. The comprehensive and innovative curriculum draws material from Mechanical, Civil, and Materials Engineering, and offers instruction by both leading researchers and industry professionals. Students leave the program prepared for immediate and stimulating work in a vital and growing industry.

(Have 3+ years of industry experience and an interest in project management? Check out UBC’s Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering as well.)

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Engineering
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Program Components: Coursework only
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science


Students in the MEng NAMEprogram require a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, which includes a 3-credit capstone design project and a 2-credit internship. Although the program has a large core with limited flexibility, up to 6 credits may be approved for core course equivalents taken prior to admission, allowing for streamlined entry and limited room for constrained electives (must be approved by Program Director).

Students will automatically be registered in a standard timetable in August, and will be contacted with the course schedule at that time. Students who have taken core course equivalents prior to admission should contact to request approval for chosen electives and a customized timetable.

The following core courses make up the 30-credit course-load of the program. (In the following, numbers in parentheses indicate credit value.)

Term 1

MECH 488 (3) Introduction to Ship Hydrodynamics

Domain: Mechanical

Ship terminology, lines plans, ship hydrostatics, transverse and longitudinal stability of ships, dimensional analysis, ship resistance prediction; ship propulsion methods, propeller selection and design. [Syllabus]

CIVL 437 (3) Introduction to Ship Structures

Domain: Civil

Structural theory and practice of ship structural design; longitudinal and transverse strength of hull girder; plates and shells; matrix analysis; introduction to classification society rules; ship section design synthesis; finite element analysis. [Syllabus]

NAME 524 (3) Shipbuilding Project Management

Domain: Project Management

Terminology; planning; scheduling; budgeting and cost accounting; risk management; quality control; shipbuilding applications. [Syllabus]

NAME 578 (3) Marine Engineering

Domain: Mechanical

Marine propulsion systems; ship engines; shafting; ship vibrations; on-board systems (piping, HVAC, electrical); advanced propulsion systems.

NAME 581 (3) Ship Design

This course introduces the ship design process from a Systems Engineering point of view. Students learn how to translate Owner’s Requirements into optimal ship characteristics.

Corequisite: All of NAME 578, MECH 488, CIVL 437 and one of NAME 524, APPP 501.

Term 2

NAME 501 (2) Advanced Ship Structures

Domain: Civil

Pressure hull design; finite element analysis applications; classification rules; ice and ice loads; dynamic loads including slamming, risk and reliability.
Prerequisite: CIVL 437 or equivalent

NAME 502 (4) Advanced Ship Hydrodynamics

Domain: Mechanical

Advanced ship resistance; boundary layers; propeller design; numerical methods in hydrodynamics; advanced marine vehicles; ocean waves; cavitation; ship vibration. Includes a laboratory component involving a wave/towing tank and CFD project. [Syllabus]
Prerequisite: MECH 488 or equivalent

NAME 522 (3) Ship Production and Industrial Engineering

Domain: Industrial

Build strategy; shipyard layout and equipment; manufacturing techniques; outfitting and painting techniques; material properties; corrosion; welding; fatigue; composite materials. [Syllabus]

NAME 566 (3) Ship Dynamics and Control

Domain: Control

Equations of motion; ocean wave spectrums, response amplitude operators; seakeeping; maneuvering; stability; dynamic positioning. [Syllabus]

NAME 591 (3) Computer-Aided Ship Design Project

A capstone design project designed to give students experience in the preliminary design of a special purpose ship. Students work individually and in teams, using advanced design software and databases, to design a vessel according to specified criteria.

Prerequisite: All of NAME 581, NAME 578.
Corequisite: All of NAME 502, NAME 522, NAME 501, NAME 566.

Term 3

NAME 592 (2) Shipbuilding Internship or Project

Students complete a twelve- to sixteen-week internship at a marine-related company or agency.* Duties may include technical analysis, participation on a design and/or production team, and field work. Final report and presentation required.

Prerequisite: All of NAME 501, NAME 502, NAME 522, NAME 524, NAME 566, NAME 578, NAME 591.

* Note: The Engineering Co-op Office strives to find internship positions for all students, and has been very successful thus far. Hiring decisions are, however, ultimately up to the companies and the department cannot guarantee that all students will be hired. Students are welcome and encouraged to apply for positions on their own as well. In the event that a student is not hired for an internship, the student will be assigned a project with a faculty member. Students who do not wish to travel for an internship may also choose to complete the project instead.


Applicants with Canadian or U.S credentials

Applicants must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering from UBC, conferred at a recognized institution in North America with:

  • A minimum overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses, or
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year level courses in the A-grade range (at UBC 80% or higher), or
  • Applicants who do not meet either of the above requirements, but who have several years of relevant professional experience to offset such deficiencies, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Program Director.
International applicants

Applicants must hold a credential deemed comparable to a Canadian four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering, with:

  • The credential being in engineering and being conferred from a recognized institute, and
  • A minimum overall average equivalent to B+ (the MEng Program Office has established specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries), and
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL iBT score of 90 (see below for specific language test requirements)


In addition to the above general requirements for admission into a Master of Engineering program at UBC, applicants to the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering program should also meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant’s bachelor’s degree should be in Civil, Materials or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Applicants may otherwise be granted admission on the recommendation of the Director.
  • Applicants students should have demonstrated proficiency in the areas of Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Automatic Controls, and Thermodynamics. Students lacking a background in these subject areas may be required to complete additional coursework at the discretion of the Program Director.

Any applicant whose degree was conferred at a university outside Canada, other than the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia, must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency are required for application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. No test waiver is allowed.

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Requirements

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL 22 21 22 21 93

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Last updated December 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
12 - 18 months
27,060 CAD
$27,060.81 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $$44,583.27 Tuition per year for International students
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