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BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design

Do you want to design better performance craft?

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Do you have a passion for engineering and want to take this into designing performance power- and sail-craft? If you’re interested in analysing design for performance craft – from small racing boats to superyachts - Southampton Solent’s yacht and powercraft design degree will help build your theoretical and practical knowledge to take the first step in your career as a yacht designer.

  • Teaching is delivered by a team of expert professionals with ongoing industry consultancy expertise.
  • The course has good links to the yacht industry.
  • A strong emphasis is placed on practical design and production methods throughout the programme.
  • Previous students have benefitted from guest lectures by industry leaders.
  • To aid learning, students have full access to industry-standard facilities, including a CAD and drawing office and fully-equipped specialist composite workshop.
  • Students have the opportunity to join Solent’s champion sailing team.

The industry

The UK has a strong pedigree in yacht design and the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets has a turnover of over £2.8bn, according to British Marine, the membership organisation for these industries.

Graduates from Southampton Solent’s yacht and powercraft design degree have gone on to work as naval architects and design engineers at companies such as Sunseeker, Laurent Giles Naval Architects, Ben Ainslie Racing, Rob Humphries Design, Incat Crowther Design in the USA, VPLP in France and Viareggio Shipyards in Italy.  

The programme

Solent’s internationally-recognised yacht and powercraft design course focuses on small craft technology, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and design practice, delivering essential engineering theory and design skills.

To aid learning, students have full access to the University’s specialist facilities, including industry-standard CAD and drawing offices, as well as a fully-equipped specialist composite workshop a 60m towing tank and static four-metre stability tank.

Previous students have benefitted from attending guest lectures by speakers from key industry organisations such as the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), Nigel Gee BMT, Babcock Engineering, Gurit, Sunseeker, Rob Humphries Design and Norbert Sedlacek (Open 60 skipper).

To help build their professional network, students are encouraged to attend local boat shows, including the Southampton Boat Show and Seawork International. Previous students have also been on yard visits, with recent trips including Sunseeker, Green Marine and Solent Refit.

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to design powercraft? With its established international reputation and industry-standard design and build facilities, Southampton Solent’s yacht and powercraft design degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you on your way to an exciting career in the expanding yachting industry.

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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H524
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H525
  • 3 Years Standard entry H522

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Naval Architecture
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Marine Systems
  • Marine Production
  • Marine Materials
  • Structural Mechanics.

Year two:


Core units

  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Computer Aided Modelling
  • Sailing Yacht Design
  • Motor Boat Design
  • Applied Marine Systems Technology
  • Structural Analysis.

Year three:


Core units

  • Advanced Naval Architecture
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Project
  • Structural Design For Production
  • Structural Design Theory
  • Marine Industry Work-Based Learning.

Teaching, learning and assessment

 Lecture, tutorial and case study based delivery is supported by a high degree of practical design work in the CAD office and laboratories. Where possible visits to boatyards, builders and marine equipment suppliers are arranged. Students study six units each year, which are a mix of analytical engineering and practical design subjects. There are opportunities for individual and group projects, and work based learning.

Work experience

Whilst there are no requirements for work experience, students are encouraged to gain summer work placements where possible. The nature of the yacht design industry means that opportunities for work experience come on a case-by-case basis, but many design offices and builders are willing to give students short work experience places over the summer.

Most units are assessed by a combination of coursework and an exam. Several CAD-based units are fully assessed by coursework.

Our facilities

60m commercial standard towing test tank, and a static four-metre stability tank. Composite fibre-reinforced plastic workshop. Yacht drawing office and CAD office.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

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If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study yacht and powercraft design units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

University students from non-EU countries can also spend a semester or academic year studying at Solent University through our Study Abroad programme. 

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course is delivered by a team of specialist naval architects and production designers, supported by CAD/drawing office instructors and FRP workshop instructors. All team members come from the yacht and small craft industry and maintain their close links through consultancy, design practice and professional bodies.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H524
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H525
  • 3 Years Standard entry H522

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Careers in leading yacht design and production offices, naval architects, equipment design companies, and classification societies.

Links with industry

The course’s international reputation for yacht and small craft design is founded on many years of experience and on its well- qualified teaching staff, who have strong links to industry and are active in consultancy and design.

During your studies you’ll benefit from guest speakers from companies such as Nigel Gee BMT, Babcock Engineering and Structural Polymers. Yard visits are also possible, with recent visits including Sunseeker International and Solent Refit.

Students are encouraged to attend local industry events, including the world-famous Southampton International Boat Show and Seaworks International. A full programme of RINA Southern Joint Branch lectures is also supported.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills are enhanced through case studies, and live briefs. Practical design and production techniques are developed during sessions in drawing activities in the design office. Networking and soft skills are learnt through group project work and interaction with industry links.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to various industry roles, including naval architect or design engineer, at companies such as Laurent Giles Naval Architects, Sunseeker Yachts, Humphries Yacht Design, Monaco Marine, Viareggio Shipyards in Italy and Incat Crowther Design in the USA.
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Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels, including one numeracy-based-A-level totalling 140 points (2016 entry) or 56 (2017 entry), a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to applicants holding an HND in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H524
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H525
  • 3 Years Standard entry H522


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