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About the course

Do you have a passion for naval architecture and dream of designing the next generation of superyachts? Solent’s unique superyacht design master’s programme – the only one of its kind the UK – blends naval architecture and structural design with management skills to help provide you with essential career-boosting skills.

The course concentrates on sailing and motor yachts over 24 metres in length, and is intended not just for naval architects and students of yacht design, but also now provides suitably qualified marine engineers and certified deck officers with experience of operating superyachts the opportunity to develop their qualifications, where traditionally the career path for yacht officers has not enabled them to progress onto pure naval architecture degrees. The blend of naval architecture (for which sea-going officers will have underpinning knowledge), management and structural design will enable students from these backgrounds to develop their knowledge and understanding, and introduce new and relevant material and subjects for master’s level study.

Course delivery is based on ‘hands-on’ active learning, with an emphasis on developing students’ analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as gaining the appropriate knowledge to tackle an individual design or analysis project. Students benefit from strong industry links built through the University’s highly-regarded yacht engineering undergraduate degrees, as well as experienced teaching staff with industrial and research experience.

Students also have the opportunity to work on ‘real world’ assignments, and to use appropriate experience as a basis for project work. Where possible, ‘real world’ briefs will also be used, and industry guests will be asked to give feedback on work when appropriate. Students on the course with industry experience and/or sponsorship will be asked to incorporate elements of their work in their project.

The course concludes with a final design project where students are able to develop their own design, or investigate aspects of a design. Students will have the opportunity to design, build and test models to use in the towing tank, and will also benefit from access to the CAD suite equipped with industry-standard software to develop and analyse hulls, structure, superstructure and internal designs. 

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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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This master’s programme is built on Solent’s world-renowned expertise in delivering yacht design programmes. The course provides an in-depth exploration of a range of design factors and topic areas.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to careers in the superyacht industry, such as naval architect, designer, production manager, stylist or systems engineer.

Who is this course for?

This unique master’s programme is perfect for appropriately qualified naval architects or recent yacht engineering graduates. The course is also open to applications from master mariners and chief engineers with relevant experience.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,700
International full-time fees: £14,300
UK and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,350 per year
International and EU part-time fees: Students from outside the UK are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU full-time tuition fees the same as UK full-time tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs
Minor materials and optional field trips to local shipyards: approximately £60.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

First or 2:1 in an appropriate engineering/technology subject, or professional qualification to Chief Engineer or Master Mariner with appropriate experience. 

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.

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 6.5 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Please use the links below to apply online:



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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

  • Naval Architecture (15 credits)
    The module introduces the master’s student to areas of Naval Architecture which are key to ensuring that Superyachts meet various criteria, whether they be associated with stability regulations, the accurate prediction of hull resistance & powering, range calculations, propeller optimisation, manoeuvrability and seakeeping issues.
  • Superyacht Design Principles (30 credits)
    In this module students will cover the application of holistic  superyacht design theory including hotel spaces, and gain experience of using industry standard software to create designs and develop 2D CAD drawings, 3D computer aided models. 
  • Superyacht Technology (15 credits)
    This module introduces the practical and classification aspects of structural design and vessels' dimensions, as well as the marine engineering aspect of design, which includes many specialist systems and new technologies now commonplace on board superyachts.
  • Superyacht Design Analysis (15 credits)
    This module develops and advances aspects of technical Superyacht Design in within the regulatory controls which dictate stability, hydrodynamic and structural specifications, but equally allow for progressive design to take place, which is at the heart and soul of Superyacht Design.
  • Superyacht Design Realisation (30 credits)
    This module synthesises the content of the other modules into a coherent group design project which will simulate an industry based project.
  • Superyacht Project Management (15 credits)
    This module introduces the project management and key business skills which an engineer needs to have an awareness or knowledge and understanding of to manage superyacht production, and work with specialist production staff and engineers.
  • Project (60 credits)
    The Master’s dissertation will allow student’s to select (with guidance) and develop a particular Superyacht design brief or refit, which must also contain an element of research and development within. 
  • Superyacht Design Styling (30 credits)
    This module develops and advances aspects of both space allocation and styling of the design from both an interior and exterior aspect of the vessel.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

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To aid learning, students have full access to the University’s specialist yacht engineering and design facilities, including our composite construction workshop, yacht drawing office and modern CAD office, which is equipped with the latest commercial marine design and production software. Students also have access to a fully-equipped specialist composite laboratory and materials testing laboratory, a 60m towing tank and static four-metre stability tank.

Students are presented with realistic ‘real world’ assignments, and the opportunity to use appropriate experience as a basis for project work.

Your future

Students may wish to progress their careers with a PhD in the maritime field.

Industry links

The course team have extensive links with industry, with companies such as Lloyds Register, QinetiQ, Gurit, Solent Refit, and Alicat, through their own experience and the network of graduates from the yacht engineering undergraduate courses.

Solent University’s yacht engineering students have benefitted from recent guest lectures  from Francesco Chivioli, Sunseeker; Tommasso Cigliano ,Humphries Yacht Design; Ben Mancini, X-Yachts; John Haynes, Shock Mitigation Ltd; and independent yacht designer, Joe Brierley.

Student presentations have also previously been assessed by Allan Foot, director of Solent Refit Ltd.

Yacht engineering students have also previously benefitted from industry visits to Green Marine and the International Boat Building College in Portsmouth as part of enrichment weeks.       

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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