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Maritime Engineering Science: Ocean Energy & Offshore Engineering (MSc)

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Boldrewood Innovation Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Study ocean energy and offshore engineering on this MSc course at the University of Southampton. This master’s degree will give you expert knowledge about the science behind natural energy resources. You’ll be well prepared for a range of offshore engineering specialisms, and will graduate with the skills to move into a career in the maritime sector.

This Maritime Engineering Science: Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering MSc is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton.

On this pathway you’ll carry out structural and hydrodynamic analyses for offshore engineering of fixed and floating structures. You’ll focus on how to incorporate feasibility analysis of designs and probabilistic theory of the operating climate.

Discover the role of thermo-fluid processes in technologies which use hydrocarbon fuels in a sustainable way. These include clean combustion, carbon capture and storage, and oil and gas recovery.

You'll learn about the development of technology for these applications through physical insight and engineering methods covering:

  • heat and mass transport
  • chemically reacting flows
  • multi-phase flows
  • porous media flows

We’ll teach you about turbines for low and high-head hydroelectric schemes and explain the role of marine energy in the offshore environment. This includes installation and system survivability. Through design and lab assignments, you’ll explore the physics and methods behind assessing device cost-effectiveness.

Optional modules give you the chance to further your understanding of wind, wave and tidal energy. You’ll study these natural resources and the practical methods for extracting cost-effective electrical and other energy conversions.


The maritime sector provides varied career opportunities in engineering and project management related roles. Maritime engineering science graduates are in strong demand with good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.

Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector with organisations such as:

  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Carnival
  • BMT
  • Nigel Gee
  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support the defence sector and employ a number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable developments are offering excellent prospects both to work in the UK (locally, London or Aberdeen) or worldwide in places such as Singapore, Houston or Perth.

Tuition fees

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£ 26,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

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