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Newcastle University

MEng (Hons) Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering

School of Marine Science and Technology

Students in the marine common room ‎Marine technology is thriving worldwide, and in many areas there are acute shortages of graduates with the right skills.

We offer a range of degrees in this area, applying science and engineering principles in a marine context, covering everything from oil rigs to cruise liners.

We have a distinguished reputation amongst employers, having taught marine technology for over a century, and our graduates are consistently in high demand with a wide range of employers.

Our professionally accredited four-year Offshore Engineering MEng Honours degree is geared to the demands of the offshore engineering industry, but with a solid basis in engineering fundamentals.

The offshore world has traditionally been associated with the oil and gas industry, but the expertise of offshore engineers now extends to offshore renewables such as wind farms and tidal energy capture devices, and other sectors such as thermal energy conversion or seabed mineral recovery.

You will gain the ability to design and produce fixed and floating offshore oil and gas production installations, and the crafts which service these and other offshore resource developments.

  • In Stages 1 and 2, you study many shared modules, which provide all of our students with a firm foundation in the subject. Topics include ships' internal systems and the design, production and operation of ships.
  • In Stage 3, you take offshore engineering topics such as marine structures, computational fluid dynamics and offshore mechanics.
  • In Stage 4, you study further specialist modules and work in a group on a new ship design challenge, which may be set by industry.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and the Engineering Council, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

Quality and ranking

The quality of the marine technology study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall student satisfaction score of 100% in the 2013 National Student Survey.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours will be a combination of lectures, seminars from invited speakers in industry and academia, and practical work. At Newcastle we recognise the importance of first-hand experience and organise a variety of visits during your studies. This is a formal component of some modules and ensures that you see the applications of marine technology in a range of organisations, including local and national marine production facilities, offshore rigs, and platform building sites.

Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings

Flexible degree structure

All of our marine technology students study the same programme for the first year. One of our strengths is that we teach engineering in a marine context right from the start through specialist topics such as:

  • marine statistics
  • marine informatics
  • marine production management
  • materials in the marine environment
  • marine mechanics

We also cover topics relating to the ship’s internal systems (marine engineering) as well as the design, production and operation of ships (naval architecture) to make sure that you gain a firm foundation in all the core engineering topics.

Transfer between any of our marine technology degrees is possible up to the beginning of Stage 2, though you must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree.


Many of our facilities are unique to Newcastle University and include:

  • the only operational cavitation tunnel in the UK, used for testing models of ship propellers and other propulsion devices, submarine vehicles and the immersed parts of other marine structures
  • a 37-metre towing tank for ship model experiments conveniently located within the School
  • a combined wind, wave and current tank for complex modelling of the full marine environment

We also have:

  • a brand new £1m Research Vessel, The Princess Royal, which was designed in-house by staff and students in the School of Marine Science and Technology
  • a hydrodynamics laboratory with wave-making and electronic recording equipment
  • engineering laboratories, which include facilities to test diesel engines
  • a dedicated computer cluster running specialist marine design software
  • a specialist technical library and archive

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

Our Marine Technology degrees are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) for entry to all technical corps, including the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, as well as the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG).  

Entry Qualifications
AAB including Mathematics and preferably Physics and/or Chemistry but excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if not offered at A or AS level.



  • Our professionally accredited four-year Offshore Engineering MEng Honours degree is geared to the demands of the offshore engineering industry, but with a solid basis in engineering fundamentals.

  • Type: Under-Grad
  • Duration: Year 4
  • Subject Area: Under-Grad
  • Fees: £9,000

  • UCAS code: H356

  • Location: Newcastle