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Structural and Materials Response to the Marine Environment



Course format Blended
Date 2020-07-20 - 2020-10-05
Duration 100 hours
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £1200


To introduce students to the behaviour of material and structural response to the marine environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

  • The module will be divided broadly into the following themes:
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Fatigue assessment: S-N curve, Miner's rule, Deterministic fatigue analysis, Spectral fatigue analysis, Narrow and broad band, Non-linearities affecting spectral and fatigue analysis.
  • Fracture assessment; Brittle fracture, Application of fracture mechanics to fast fracture, Crack propagation.
  • Marine corrosion: Nature and diagnosis of marine corrosion problems, nature of corrosion, Marine corrosion testing, Environmental factors in corrosion of metals in seawater and sea air, Crevice corrosion, Galvanic corrosion, Cathodic protection, Effects of stress, Application to hull structures.
  • Materials and NDT (non-destructive testing): Types of non-destructive tests, Methods of examination for defects, Radiographic examinations, Methods of magnetic analysis, Magnetic and particle method, Methods of electrical analysis.

This modules will include preschool reading, examples, a preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a post school assignment.

Pre-school material

Normally requires 50 hours of study.

Pre-school material enables you to revise and review prerequisite material so that the intensive school can be run efficiently and effectively. The materials will be available six to eight weeks before the intensive school takes place.

You will undertake a pre-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit on the first day of the intensive school.

One week intensive school

Has an approximate contact time of 35 hours.

The intensive school includes lectures, case studies, tutorials, presentations, and discussions.

You will sit an examination (40% of the module mark) during this intensive teaching week.

Post-school material

Requires 15 hours of study.

This material consolidates the module learning.

Post-school material involves completion of a post-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit eight weeks after the intensive school.

Teaching Location: Southampton University Campus

*The start and end date stated above is approximate.


You should have a minimum of:

  • a Second Class Honours degree in Engineering or equivalent with a strong quantitative component
  • at least three years of relevant work experience in the marine sector or similar

You'll also need to provide a personal statement and reference.

Find out more about entry requirements (including English language requirements).

Application procedure

There are normally two intakes each year, in September and February. Find out more about the course on the Newcastle University prospectus website.

Use Newcastle University’s online application portal to apply for the course.


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Near- and offshore constructions