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BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design

About this course

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.

Course units

BEng (Hons) Yacht & Powercraft Design
Year one  Year two  Year three 
Core units  Core units  Core units 
Naval Architecture  Resistance and Propulsion  Advanced Naval Architecture 
Computer Aided Design  Computer Aided Modelling  Computer Aided Engineering 
Marine Systems  Sailing Yacht Design  Project 
Marine Production  Motor Boat Design  Structural Design for Production 
Marine Materials  Applied Marine Systems Technology  Structural Design Theory 
Structural Mechanics  Structural Analysis  Marine Industry Work-based Learning 

Start date

September 2017

Further information and application details

For more information about the course and how to apply, please visit the Southampton Solent University website.

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Career opportunities

Career paths can include:

  • yacht design 
  • positions in naval architects’ offices 
  • technical management of new construction 
  • design and production engineering 
  • project management 
  • marine equipment design and manufacture.

Entry level

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent.

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