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BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production

About this course

Solent University’s yacht design and production course has an international reputation and has been developed in conjunction with the industry to ensure essential skills in both the design and production of yachts and commercial craft are covered.

Students on this modern course will study the engineering science underlying great design, along with the fundamental principles of naval architecture, construction methods and high-tech fibre reinforced composite materials. Planning and management processes for the efficient, effective production of racing sailing yachts, RIBs, motor yachts, cruising yachts, patrol boats and commercial craft are also key elements in the syllabus.

A strong practical emphasis is present throughout the course, allowing students to gain valuable knowledge of hands-on examples, design applications and workshop experience in production methods and materials.

To aid learning, students have full access to the University’s specialist facilities, including our composite construction workshop, yacht drawing office and modern CAD office, which is equipped with the latest commercial marine design and production software, as well as a fully-equipped specialist composite workshop a 60m towing tank and static four-metre stability tank.

Course units

Yacht design and production units
Year one  Year two  Year three 
Core units  Core units  Core units 
Computer Aided Design                                                     Computer Aided Modelling  Computer Aided Engineering 
Naval Architecture  Sailing Yacht Design  Structural Design for Production 
Marine Materials  Motor Boat Design  Project 
Marine Production  Resistance and Propulsion  Options 
Small Craft Structures  Marine Production Technology  Yacht Surveying 
Marine Systems  Options  Marine Production Management 
  Marine Systems Technology  Marine Industry Work-based Learning 
    Please note: not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year 
  Please note: not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year  

Further information and application details

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

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Course information

Career opportunities

Graduates are well placed for careers in leading yacht design offices and yacht production yards, naval architects, equipment design, project management and classification societies in roles such as:

  • Yacht design
  • Positions in naval architects' offices
  • Technical management of new construction
  • Design and production engineering
  • Project management
  • Marine equipment design and manufacture
  • Project build management.

Entry level

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels, including 32 UCAS points from a numerical subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D*.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to applicants holding an HND in an appropriate subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.