School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

MEng (Hons) Marine Technology

Do you want to forge your future in the marine industry? Develop an advanced understanding of both marine engineering and naval architecture on a course that will equip you with a refined knowledge of nautical design and mechanics.

You will lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. You’ll distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Opportunities available...

A course specific scholarship scheme is available: for more information see the 'Fees, costs and funding' section below.

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Excellence Schemes:  we may make you a personalised offer if you are a strong candidate - visit our webpage for details.

Key features

  • In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking we are eighth out of 50, and the highest ranked UK university, for Marine/Ocean Engineering.
  • The integrated MEng degree is re-accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)  on behalf of the Engineering Council to provide the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) up to  and including 2021 entrants. The BEng (Hons) Marine Technology is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
  • Increase your opportunities with a solid base in mechanical engineering and an emphasis on design, opening up a variety of possible careers.
  • Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a paid, one-year work placement. Gain the confidence, real-world know-how and vital industry experience employers are looking for.
  • Work with the latest industry-standard software, in our high specification laboratories. Both will help you develop a strong understanding of fundamental principles, while honing your skills at the same time.
  • Access the support you need. The Women in Technology Network (WiTNet) is a support network for all female students in technology and science subjects where women are in a minority.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Year 1 shares modules with the MEng courses in mechanical engineering. You’ll study design, a central theme of the course, introduced through case-study and problem-based learning, materials, mechanics, thermo-fluids, electrical principles, business and mathematics. You’ll also gain practical experience through a hands-on module in manufacturing methods.
    Core modules
    • BPIE115 Stage 1 Mechanical Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who may be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their programme. It is designed to assist students in their search for a placement and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • ENGR101 Engineering Design

      This module introduces students to engineering design practice appropriate to civil, marine and mechanical engineering disciplines. Students will develop sketching and technical drawing skills and use computer-aided design (CAD) tools to create digital models of technical systems. Working in a team, students will be tasked to create sustainable solutions to real-world technical design challenges.

    • ENGR102 Engineering Practice and Experimental Techniques

      The mainly experimental basis of this module allows students to extend their engineering knowledge and practical competence using a guided, student-centred, and laboratory-based approach to develop fundamental understanding of a range of engineering topics. The module will help students acquire good study skills and competency in technical communication.

    • ENGR103 Engineering Science

      This module introduces students to the fundamental scientific principles of fluid mechanics appropriate for civil, marine and mechanical engineering applications; the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics relating to the interaction between systems and their surroundings, including both flow and non-flow processes, heat engines, and mechanisms of heat transfer; and the fundamental principles of electrical engineering.

    • ENGR104 Engineering Mathematics

      This module provides students with a number of fundamental mathematical skills, and techniques, which are essential for the analysis of engineering problems.

    • ENGR105 Mechanics and Structures

      This module introduces students to the fundamental scientific principles of engineering mechanics and structures appropriate for civil, marine and mechanical engineering applications. Deeper understanding of these scientific principles will be developed through practical applications using hand calculations and computer software tools as appropriate.

    • ENGR106 Engineering Materials

      This module introduces students to a broad range of engineering materials appropriate for civil, marine and mechanical engineering applications. The module will consider the relationship between structure, manufacture and properties, presenting practical applications wherever appropriate. Students will also be introduced to standard material test methods.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year you’ll study structures, fluids and thermodynamics, control, mathematics and business. You’ll learn about the stability and propulsion of marine craft, and about the marine environment. You’ll advance your existing design skills through application within a marine context.
    Core modules
    • BPIE215 Stage 2 Mechanical Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who may be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their programme. It is designed build on the Level 1 module (BPIE111) and to assist students in their search for a placement and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • CONT221 Engineering Mathematics and Control

      This module provides mathematical techniques and methods for the analysis of practical engineering problems and an introduction to classical control systems theory.

    • HYFM230 Fluid Mechanics 1

      Fluid mechanics for engineering applications (everything from water pipes to airliners)

    • MARN203 Stability and Hydrodynamics

      This module examines the static behaviour of marine vehicles and structures in their environment and deals with the prediction of the resistance of vessels in motion and the selection and design of suitable propulsors.

    • MECH232 Engineering Design

      This module focuses on development and application of engineering science knowledge in a practical design context. It also aims to develop a structured approach to engineering design work. Initial focus is on parametric design of engineering components, optimising for a specific set of design constraints. The module then moves on to develop creativity and design logic/process in a practical design project.

    • STO208 Business for Engineers

      The module will enable participants to explore management techniques in an engineering context. The module will engage participants in managerial decision making and project management. Legal, HR and risk and ethical frameworks will be introduced as foundations for the practice of management. These perspectives will be considered theoretically and within practice contexts.

    • STRC203 Engineering Structures

      This module covers basic theories of structures and their applications in mechanical and marine engineering. Contents include the bending and shear of beams, torsion of shafts, buckling of struts, stress and strain analysis, and structural dynamics. Design of structural components using strength theories will also be introduced.

    • THER207 Applied Thermodynamics

      This module provides the application of thermodynamics theory (1st and 2nd laws) to a range of applications pertaining to mechanical engineering. Extension and application of the thermodynamic theory to IC engines including design and performance; Gas Turbines; Reciprocating Compressors; Refrigeration and Heat Pump systems. Introduction to heat transfer and its application in the design and performance of heat exchangers.

  • Optional placement year
  • Taking an optional placement year will provide you with valuable, paid, professional experience. A placement could lead to a company sponsoring your final year project and provide opportunities for your future employment. We’ll support you in finding a suitable position.
    Core modules
    • BPIE335 Mechanical Engineering Related Placement

      A 48-week period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience to consolidate the first two stages of study and to prepare for the final stage and employment after graduation.

  • Year 3
  • During this year you’ll use industry typical software and use design and computational methods to further develop your design skills. You’ll specialise in your chosen discipline of naval architecture, marine engineering and marine systems. Finally, you’ll carry out an in-depth investigation into a specialist topic of personal interest as part of your individual honours project.
    Core modules
    • HYFM322 Computational Fluid Dynamics

      Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) focuses on practical use of CFD to complement experimental methods and/or empirical/analytical calculations in predicting the behaviour of flowing fluids. The module also provides an overview of the theory that underpins a typical Finite Volume CFD code.

    • MARN306 Marine Engineering

      The module covers marine power plant, transmission, system efficiency and environmental factors.

    • MARN338 Naval Architecture

      This module places engineering principles in the context of a vessel and its systems. The structural design concepts which are particularly applicable to marine craft are developed and applied. Vessels' fitness for purpose and the design drivers used to realise a vessel are considered and operations aspects of various vessel types are studied.

    • MARN340 Marine Systems Engineering

      Marine Systems Engineering explores the aspects of marine engineering dynamic systems design and analysis.

    • MECH340 Engineering Design

      This module continues the theme of a structured, logical process for conducting engineering design work. It focuses on the latter stages of the design process. Emphasis is placed on the importance of aspects such as material, manufacturing process, tolerances, structural performance, cost, assembly, maintenance and sustainability. The module also considers ethical issues.

    • PRME307 Honours Project

      Independent project work.

  • Final year
  • Your final year refines the skills you have developed over the course of your studies, and includes additional technical modules. Finally, you'll work on an interdisciplinary project, drawing on your design and engineering abilities.
    Core modules
    • MAR528Z Mechanics of MRE Structures

      This module will cover engineering aspects of marine renewable energy conversion. The module comprises lectures and tutorials, invited industry lectures, a field trip visit to a marine engineering company and a wave energy converter performance experiment in the COAST lab.

    • MARN501 Advanced Naval Architecture

      On completing this module, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of mathematical models associated with marine hydrodynamics and marine structures. The students will be able to understand their limitations, and to interpret data from them. Topics covered will include Vessel Manoeuvring, Marine structural response and analysis of irregular seaways.

    • MECH545 Advanced FEA & CFD

      This module will develop knowledge and understanding of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the context of an advanced analysis / design project. Develops an understanding of the limitations inherent in industrial Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and the need for validation / verification strategies to quantify and reduce uncertainty.

    • MECH550 Design for Excellence

      In this module students are expected to develop a prototype of an engineering system through the application of contemporary design science. They will work within groups to develop environmentally sustainable solutions to complex engineering problems. They will be required to produce a prototype which shows innovation and creativity in the use of technology, including a socio-economic impact assessment of their designs.

    • ROCO508Z Intelligent Sensors and Control for Autonomous Systems

      The module covers a range of classical and smart sensors and actuators, which can be applied in interactive and automated system, with emphasis on several key sensors. This module introduces the basic and advanced concepts of linear and nonlinear modelling analysis and design of intelligent control systems. This module has a strong hands-on component.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

MEng Marine Technology pProgrammespecification 4452

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 - 136

Applicants exceeding our entry requirements may be eligible for an offer under our Engineering and Navigation Excellence Scheme.

A level: Typical offer will be 128 points including Grade C at Maths and Grade C at second relevant subject: Applied ICT, Applied Science, Applied Business, Biology, Business/Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Computer Science, DT (Product Design Resistant Materials), DT (systems and Control Tech), DT Product Design (Textiles Tech), Economics, Economics and Business, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Design and Technology, ICT, Physics, Science, Statistics, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Pure Maths. Excluding General Studies.

International Baccalaureate: 32 overall to include 5 at Higher Level mathematics and 5 at Higher Level science/technology subject. English and mathematics must be included. 

GCSE: mathematics and English language grade C or above is required.

All BTEC courses: Not accepted for MEng, unless the applicant has additional qualifications or experience.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses: Not accepted for MEng, unless the applicant has additional qualifications or experience.

Other qualifications also considered, please enquire.

English language requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Please note: We understand that many applicants remain anxious about meeting the exact terms of our standard conditional offers. We will look again at your application and revise our offer for those applicants who we continue to believe are a good match to our courses, once we have the certainty of your actual results in August.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £770 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

The Plymouth Engineer Scholarship: Mechanical engineering and marine technology degrees.

Up to £1,000. Students are automatically paid £500/£250 for an A / B in Mathematics A level and one further sum of £500/£250 for an A / B in a relevant science or technology subject. This is awarded to home/EU applicants who put us as their firm choice before the 1 August 2019. The scholarship is paid during the first semester of the first year.

There are additional prizes and awards to reward high achievement in later years of the degree.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Additional fieldwork and equipment costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Welcome to mechanical engineering at Plymouth

Dr Stephen Grove, Associate Professor, School of Marine Science and Engineering, and final year student Craig Pemberton discuss what it’s like to study here and show you some of our facilities.

Watch our video to find out more about studying mechanical engineering at University of Plymouth.

Optional work placement year

Get your career off to a great start by spending a year working professionally as a student engineer between years two and three. You could earn £15,000 a year or more, and possibly gain sponsorship through your final year(s) at university.

Gain experience that will help you find a job when you graduate and a Certificate of Professional or Work Experience in addition to your degree award.

Neil Davy - graduate profile

Since graduation, my degree has provided many exciting opportunities, and, as a result, I have never looked back.

Naval Architect, Babcock Marine

Find out more about Neil's experience

The Tamar Engineering Project

Funding and mentoring for high achievers who might not otherwise consider higher education as a route to a career in computing and engineering.

Learn if you are eligible for this scholarship at the University of Plymouth through the Tamar Engineering Project.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • £3,000 towards living costs per year of study
  • £1,500 course fee waiver per year of study
  • one-to-one mentoring from an industry expert.

Careers

Whether you want to work in vessel design and construction, gas turbine manufacture or propeller design, we’ll support you throughout your degree to make sure you’re prepared and ready for your career in the marine industry.

90 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.**

Find out more about how we prepare you for your future career.

People

*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.