Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Program Description

Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

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.)


Students in the MEng NAME program require a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, which includes a 4-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 the 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
  • CIVL 437 (3) Introduction to Ship Structures
  • NAME 524 (3) Shipbuilding Project Management
  • NAME 578 (3) Marine Engineering
  • NAME 591 (2) Computer-Aided Ship Design Project, Part 1

Term 2

  • NAME 501 (2) Advanced Ship Structures
  • NAME 502 (4) Advanced Ship Hydrodynamics
  • NAME 522 (3) Ship Production and Industrial Engineering
  • NAME 566 (3) Ship Dynamics and Control
  • NAME 591 (2) Computer-Aided Ship Design Project, Part 2

Term 3

  • NAME 592 (2) Shipbuilding Internship or Project

Internship Placement

Eligible students will have the opportunity to complete a 4-month internship at a marine-related company or agency.

The internship is an enormously valuable experience for students, and one of the main things that attracts students to our program. The Engineering Co-op Office has placed a large number of students in internships, with many of these positions turning into long-term, full-time employment.

The department and the Co-op Office are dedicated to fostering positive relationships between our students and the industry, and this means maintaining a commitment to (1) only place students in relevant and rewarding positions (no fetching coffee!), and (2) only send students into industry when they are ready and able to do an outstanding job in the field. Students, therefore, undergo a rigorous training and evaluation process to ensure that they are both highly capable engineers and well-rounded professionals ready for the workplace.

Industry Engagement

The industry is engaged in all aspects of the program, from curriculum development to project mentorship, to ensure that students get the right education for the jobs that await them.

The NAME program has strong ties to industry locally, nationally, and internationally. Industry engagement ranges from program/curriculum development to teaching and mentoring students, to internship partnerships.



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 the application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. No test waiver is allowed.

Language Requirements

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Requirements

IELTS (Academic)

  • 6.0 Reading
  • 6.0 Writing
  • 6.0 Listening
  • 6.0Speaking
  • 6.5 Overall


  • 22 Reading
  • 21 Writing
  • 22 Listening
  • 21 Speaking
  • 93 Overall

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

On the IELTS application form, you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results to be sent. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, use the following details on the application:

  1. Name of institution: The University of British Columbia
  2. Name of person/department: Mechanical Engineering
  3. Address: 2054-6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  1. Use the University of British Columbia’s institution code 0965, and the Mechanical Engineering department code 68.
  2. Give the reason for taking TOEFL “to enter a college or university as a graduate student”

Cost & Fees

  • International students: CAD $43,284.72 per year
  • Canadian students: CAD $26,530.20 per year

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
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 23, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
12 - 18 months
Full time
26,530 CAD
$26,530.20 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $43,284.72 Tuition per year for International students
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Canadian Applicant Deadline 01 June 2018; International Applicant Deadline 01 April 2018
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