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MSc Naval Architecture

MSc Naval Architecture

MSc Naval Architecture

I am considering going to study a MSc Naval Architecture at the University of Southampton- the 1 year taught masters.

I have been trying to get an industry opinion about this degree overall (demand for Naval Architects in the future) and the degree at this university. In South-Africa there is only +-10 qualified Naval Architects so it is very hard to get an opinion.

Anybody care to share an opinion?


RE: MSc Naval Architecture

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I am currently working as a structural engineer and am looking to go in the general offshore oil and gas industry after obtaining this degree.

RE: MSc Naval Architecture

For offshore oil and gas an MSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering is a good choice. As the industry continues to move into deeper and deeper water, more and more of the drilling and production platforms (and installation vessels) will be floating.

However, Southampton is not (if I recall correctly) a university that specialises in offshore engineering. They are better known for small craft and yacht design.

UK universities with more of an offshore flavour are Newcastle and Strathclyde.

There is also Delft in Holland and Trondheim in Norway - both very good.

Of course you can move into the offshore without doing NA - a structural degree should also be in demand.

RE: MSc Naval Architecture

Thanks for the reply.

It is in line with what I've heard.

Do you think the university where I study will make a big difference?

It seems like the University of southampton's ocean engineering department is expanding rapidly.


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