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BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production

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Do you dream of designing race-winning yachts or multi-million-pound superyachts? Take the first step to fulfilling your ambition by studying on Southampton Solent’s unique and highly-regarded yacht design and production course, delivered right in the heart of the south coast’s marine industry.

  • Teaching is handled by a team of expert professionals with ongoing industry consultancy expertise.
  • The course has strong 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 in 2014 the UK superyacht industry employed approximately 4,000 people, and revenue had grown by over 10% year-on-year to £542 million, according to a recent report by Superyacht UK.

Southampton Solent’s yacht design and production degree boasts race-winning designers amongst its graduates. Other have also gone on to work as naval architects, design engineers and yacht designers at companies such as Dubois Yachts, Sunseeker, Monaco Marine and Viareggio Shipyards. 

The programme

Southampton Solent’s yacht design and production course has an international reputation and has been developed in conjunction with the industry to ensure essential skills in both the design and production of yachts and commercial craft are covered.

Students on this modern course will study the engineering science underlying great design, along with the fundamental principles of naval architecture, construction methods and high-tech fibre reinforced composite materials. Planning and management processes for the efficient, effective production of racing sailing yachts, RIBs, motor yachts, cruising yachts, patrol boats and commercial craft are also key elements in the syllabus. A strong practical emphasis is present throughout the course, allowing students to gain valuable knowledge of hands-on examples, design applications and workshop experience in production methods and materials.

The final year of the course includes an optional work-based learning unit, and students are encouraged to gain work placements to develop as much practical hands-on experience as possible. Due to the course’s strong links with industry, second-year students have previously been able to secure summer work placements with large employers in the region.

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, Rob Humphries, Sunseeker and Gurit.

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 and Solent Refit.

Next steps

Think a career as a yacht designer is for you? With an international reputation for excellence and strong links with the industry, Southampton Solent’s yacht design and production course will leave you well-prepared to take the first step in your career in the exciting and expanding yachting industry.

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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year 49U5
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4R81
  • 3 Years Standard entry 21B6

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Materials
  • Marine Production
  • Small Craft Structures 
  • Marine Systems.

Year two:


Core units

  • Computer Aided Modelling 
  • Sailing Yacht Design
  • Motor Boat Design
  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Marine Production Technology.


  • Marine Systems Technology
  • Curriculum Plus. 

Year three:


Core units

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Structural Design for Production
  • Project.


  • Yacht Surveying
  • Marine Production Management
  • Marine Industry Work-Based Learning.

More information

Detailed information of what you’ll study on each of these individual units is also available here

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, tutorials and case study work are supported by a high degree of practical design work in the CAD office, demonstration laboratories and FRP workshops. Where possible, visits to boatyards, builders and marine equipment suppliers are arranged.

Work experience
There is an optional work-based learning unit in the final year, and you’ll be encouraged to develop practical hands-on experience wherever possible. Many local boat builders are willing to give Solent students short work experience opportunities, and the course team has close links with larger employers (such as Sunseeker) who frequently offer summer work experience positions to second-year students.

Past students have also had the opportunity to find work experience through attending large marine events such as Seawork.

Most units are assessed by coursework, portfolios or timed assignments.

Our facilities

Solent’s leading facilities include a 60-metre commercial-standard towing test tank, and a static four-metre stability tank. You’ll also have access to our composite construction workshop, yacht drawing office and modern CAD office, which is equipped with the latest commercial marine design and production software.

Study abroad

You will have the option 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.

For more information, see

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 design and production units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

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, yacht designers and production designers, supported by computer-aided design (CAD)/drawing office instructors and fibre-reinforced plastic (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 Technology Foundation Year 49U5
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4R81
  • 3 Years Standard entry 21B6

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.

As a graduate you’ll be well placed for careers in leading yacht design offices and yacht production yards, naval architects, equipment design, project management and classification societies.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Yacht design
  • Positions in naval architects' offices
  • Technical management of new construction
  • Design and production engineering
  • Project management
  • Marine equipment design and manufacture
  • Project build management.

Links with industry

The course’s international reputation for yacht and powercraft design and production is founded on many years of excellence, as well as on the highly qualified course team’s strong links with industry and ongoing work in both consultancy and design.

During the course you will benefit from a full programme of RINA Southern Joint Branch lectures, as well as guest speakers from industry companies such as Nigel Gee BMT, Babcock Engineering and Gurit.

You’ll be encouraged to attend local boat shows, including the Southampton International Boat Show and Seaworks International. We also organise yard visits, with recent trips including Sunseeker International and Solent Refit.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, project management and production skills are developed throughout the course, particularly in the case study and small group workshops.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

The course maintains close links with previous graduates, some of whom have gone on to work as naval architects, design engineers and yacht designers at companies such as Dubois Yachts, Laurent Giles Naval Architects, Ker Yacht Design, Sunseeker Yachts, Monaco Marine and Viareggio Shipyards in Italy.
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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, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to applicants holding an HND in an appropriate subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • 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.

For more details, please visit:

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 Technology Foundation Year 49U5
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year 4R81
  • 3 Years Standard entry 21B6


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