MSc in Ship And Offshore Technology

General information

This programme is designed for graduate engineers or those from related disciplines who wish to acquire advanced knowledge on ship and offshore technologies. The course is offered jointly between the University of Strathclyde and  Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Germany, and the awards are made in the name of the two universities. 

The first year will be studied at University of Strathclyde. In the interim period between the end of the courses at University of Strathclyde (April/May) and the start of the courses at Hamburg University of Technology (October), the students will perform their research project, move to Hamburg and participate there in an intensive German language course. The latter is offered as 4-weeks summer school in August and alternatively as 3-weeks course in October just before the lectures start.

The lectures at Hamburg University of Technology are held in English between October and February, followed by an examination period after the 3rd semester between February and March. The 4th semester is almost exclusively devoted to the Master Thesis which can be supervised by professors from both universities. The 4th semester terminates by end September. Please click the link to download the brochure: Ship & Offshore Technology.

University of Strathclyde (1st Year) Hamburg University of Technology (2nd Year)
Offshore Engineering Practice Structural Analysis of Ships & Offshore Structures
Risers and Mooring Lines Sea-keeping of Ships
Marine Pipelines Advanced Ship Design
Dynamics of Floating Offshore Installations Manoeuvrability
Maritime safety and risk Fatigue Strength of Ships and Offshore Structures
Design and construction of FPSOs Ship Vibration
Theory and Practice of Marine CFD Master Thesis
Inspection and survey


  • Seminar Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Special Topics of Ship Propulsion
  • German Language Course
Group Project
Research Project

Before starting the second year (Hamburg) you’ll have the opportunity to complete an intensive German language course. It is offered as a four-week summer school in August or as a three-week course in October.

Facilities. We have excellent teaching facilities at the University of Strathclyde including:

  • Catalina - our departmental racing yacht
  • Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab - the largest ship-model experiment tank in any UK university
  • Towing/wave tank exclusively for teaching purposes
  • Marine engine laboratory
  • Hydrogen fuel cell laboratory
  • Cutting-edge computer facilities
  • Industry standard software

TUHH is one of Germany’s newest and most successful universities.


Learning outcome:

Careers. There are opportunities for you to work in:

  • Oil & gas companies
  • Shipbuilding companies
  • Classification societies
  • Firms specialising in riser & mooring analysis
  • Marine consultancies
Contact Person: Prof. Peilin Zhou (Academic Selector Postgraduate) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

1022 - Safety", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0716 - Naval engineering


Venue: University of Strathclyde (Contact University)
Strathclyde, United Kingdom

First Year: University of Strathclyde
Second Year: Hamburg University of Technology


Open from
31 Jan 2017 to 31 Mar 2017


As MSc Ship & Offshore Technology is a two-year joint course in conjunction with Hamburg University of Technology, fees are taken in two instalments, 50% at the beginning of Year 1 and 50% at the beginning of Year 2.

Scot/EU students: £7.700
RUK Students (England, Wales, Northern Ireland): £11.700
International students: £20.200

A definitive and up-to-date guide to the fees can be obtained here.



BEng degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a marine or marine-related engineering subject.

It is essential to have sufficient knowledge on structural mechanics, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, ship resistance and propulsion, ship design, etc.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Application Procedure:

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Applications for this programme are available only through the University of Strathclyde. You can apply online from the programme's website by clicking the 'Apply' button. Additional documents required include:

  • Degree certificate and Academic transcripts
  • Certificate of proficiency in English (for example, IELTS or TOEFL certificates)
  • Two references, at least one from an academic referee from the last educational institution attended

Application Deadline
There is no formal closing date for postgraduate applications at the University of Strathclyde, you are recommended to apply by the end of March for September entry. You are advised to contact the programme director in order to ascertain whether the course you are interested in has an application deadline.

Grant Opportunities:

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

In addition to the University’s extensive scholarship portfolio, our Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering also has several organisations offering sponsorships and scholarships to students each year, including RINA, IMarEST, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, American Bureau of Shipping, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Society for Underwater Technology. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic performance during the courses.

English students. Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Special scholarship for German students

German students may apply at TUHH for a DAAD-scholarship parallel to their application. Contact Sören Elhers for further information.

Please note. The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


All of our degree programmes are and to be (2014) professionally by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, (IMarEST) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council.


Academic level: Master


The student's performance is assessed via written examinations, coursework assignments and individual project thesis. The teamwork exercises are assessed on a continuous basis.

Qualification: Master of Science

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