Programme title: BEng(Hons) Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Final award (BSc, MA etc): BEng(Hons)
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code: HJ56
Cohort(s) to which this programme Intakes from 2006
specification is applicable:
(e.g. from 2008 intake onwards)
Awarding institution/body: University College London
Teaching institution: University College London
Parent Department: Mechanical Engineering
(the department responsible for the administration of
Departmental web page address: http://www.mecheng.ucl.ac.uk/
Method of study: Full-time/Part-time
Criteria for admission to the http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prosp-students/prospectus/engineering-
Length of the programme: Three years full-time or four years for those students electing to take
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such an Extra Mural Year (industrial placement) in their penultimate year.
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher H
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement Engineering
(see Guidance notes) asp
Brief outline of the structure of the http://www.mecheng.ucl.ac.uk/learning/undergraduate/naval-
programme and its assessment architecture/
(see guidance notes)
Board of Examiners: i) Name of Board of Examiners:
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Examination Board
Professional body accreditation RINA and IMarEST Date of next scheduled
(if applicable): accreditation visit: 2009
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME:
The aims and objectives of this programme are to take well qualified students (good ‘A’ level standard or equivalent)
and to equip them with the fundamental analytical and design skills necessary to become professional naval architects
or marine engineers in their chosen field of employment, whether in industry or in a consulting/research organisation.
It has been a policy of the Department to keep the programmes as general as possible, and to this end basic
principles are illustrated by examples in the first two years taken from such diverse areas as naval architecture,
marine and power generation, and consumer product applications of engineering. Further evidence of this general
approach is apparent in the list of subjects and their syllabuses which make up the programme. The specialisations in
naval architecture or marine engineering are developed in the third and fourth years of the BEng and MEng degrees.
The distinguishing difference between a BEng and a MEng graduate is that an employer in engineering must expect to
have to provide significantly more training (either inside or outside their organisation) and/or supervision before the
BEng graduate can match the performance of the MEng graduate.
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
A: Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding of: Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
the underpinning mathematics, mechanical, The knowledge and understanding outlined here is
electrical and thermal sciences associated with a acquired through a combination of lectures, tutorials,
career in mechanical engineering. individual project and group projects, design projects,
engineering principles, quantitative methods, practical laboratory work and coursework assignments,
mathematical and computer models. (this may be supplemented by industrial experience by
codes of practice, standards and quality issues as taking an Extra Mural Year).
applicable to a an engineering career, with an
awareness of intellectual property issues and of
environmental, legal and ethical issues within the
modern industrial world.
design processes and methodologies as applied
to conceptual and system engineering problems,
specifically in naval architecture or marine
management and business practices appropriate
for a career in engineering and an awareness of
the commercial, economic and social context of
the engineering business.
the characteristics of engineering materials,
equipment and processes and an awareness of
basic mechanical workshop practices.
the requirement to communicate effectively in
both formal report writing and in oral
Assessment is through a combination of written
examinations and assessed coursework. In all courses
in which there is an examination scheduled in the third
term, the examination normally constitutes 75% of the
overall mark. In some courses, such as Design, the
assessment is entirely based on the assessment of
the coursework as there is no written examination
paper. Coursework assessment varies from course to
course and includes the evaluation of laboratory
reports, technical reports, problem solving exercises,
design reports, design and testing of prototypes,
assessment of computational skills, tests and oral
presentations and, where necessary, viva-voce
B: Skills and other attributes
Intellectual (thinking) skills: Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
the skill to identify and define an engineering The knowledge and understanding outlined here is
problem and generate innovative solutions. acquired through a combination of lectures, tutorials,
the ability to apply appropriate methods to model individual project and group projects, design projects,
such solutions. practical laboratory work and coursework assignments,
the ability to manage the design process taking (this may be supplemented by industrial experience by
account of constraints such as time, cost, health taking an Extra Mural Year).
and safety as well as environmental issues.
As indicated in section A above.
C: Skills and other attributes
Practical skills (able to): Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
undertake engineering laboratory tests using a These practical skills are acquired through, workshop
range of facilities and processes with due regard practice, individual projects and group projects, design
to issues of safety of the personnel involved. projects, practical laboratory work and coursework
manage the design process taking account of assignments, which may be supplemented by industrial
constraints such as time, cost, health and safety experience by taking an Extra Mural Year.
as well as environmental issues.
identify and implement appropriate ICT solutions.
develop and exercise written and oral
communication skills in preparation for a
professional engineering career.
These skills are evaluated from the assessment of
laboratory reports, technical reports, problem solving
exercises, design reports, design and testing of
prototypes, assessment of computational skills, tests
and oral presentations and, where necessary, viva-
D: Skills and other attributes
Transferable skills (able to): Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
develop and exercise written and oral These skills are acquired through, individual projects
communication skills in preparation for a and group projects, design projects, practical laboratory
professional engineering career. work and coursework assignments, which may be
work effectively as a member of a small team. supplemented by industrial experience by taking an
arrange appropriate work schedules to meet Extra Mural Year.
As indicated in section C above.
The following reference points were used in designing the programme:
the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/FHEQ/default.asp);
the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
UCL teaching and learning policies;
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning
outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full
advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,
content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental
course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by UCL and may
be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Programme Organiser(s) Eur Ing D. Fellows
Date of Production: November 2006
Date of Review: July 2008
Date approved by Head of
Date approved by Chair of
Date approved by Faculty