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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Study abroad Foundation year available Specialist facilities

Teaching is delivered by a team of expert professionals with ongoing industry consultancy expertise.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who want to design smaller leisure craft such as sailing boats and powercraft. 

Students learn the fundamentals of yacht design alongside the latest construction methods to gain a solid grounding for roles in yacht design, naval architecture or equipment design.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry H522
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H524
  • 4 Years Science and Engineering Foundation Year HH52
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum 112 points overall,  from at least two A Levels including one numerical subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D*, 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 Science and Engineering Foundation Year or the 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.


93%

of students feel the course is intellectually stimulating

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

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What you'll study

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

Support

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.

Career support

Key figures

19%

Written exams

79%

Assessment by coursework

2%

Practical exams

Students' work

Facilities

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.

The course has good links to the yacht industry and previous students have benefitted from guest lectures by industry leaders.

Your future

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

85%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

95%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.

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