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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 - 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.

This 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 

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


Most units are assessed by a combination of coursework and an exam. Several CAD-based units are fully assessed by coursework.

Teaching methods

Lecture, tutorial and case study based delivery is supported by a high degree of practical design work in the CAD office and laboratories. Where possible visits to boatyards, builders and marine equipment suppliers are arranged. Students study six units each year, which are a mix of analytical engineering and practical design subjects. There are opportunities for individual and group projects, and work based learning.

Career opportunities

Careers in leading yacht design and production offices, naval architects, equipment design companies, and classification societies. Graduates from Solent’s yacht and powercraft design degree have gone on to work as naval architects and design engineers at companies such as Sunseeker, Laurent Giles Naval Architects, Ben Ainslie Racing, Rob Humphries Design, Incat Crowther Design in the USA, VPLP in France and Viareggio Shipyards in Italy.

Entry level

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent.

  • A minimum of two A-Levels including two STEM subjects, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* in a STEM based subject or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to applicants holding an HND in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Science and Engineering Foundation Year.

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