BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production

About this course

With strong ties to the global industry and race-winning designers among its graduates, this modern course builds on our internationally renowned yacht and powercraft design degree and delivers the professional skills and technical knowledge you’ll need to launch a great career.

You will study the engineering science underlying great design, along with the fundamental principles of naval architecture, construction methods and materials. The course has a strong practical emphasis, focusing on hands-on examples, design applications and workshop experience in production methods and materials.

You will also study planning and management processes for the efficient, effective production of racing sailing yachts, RIBs, motor yachts, cruising yachts, patrol boats and commercial craft. 

Course content

Year one

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Materials
  • Marine Production
  • Marine Structures   
  • Marine Systems.

Year two

  • Computer Aided Modelling   
  • Performance Prediction and Analysis   
  • Sailing Yacht Design   
  • Motor Boat Design   
  • One option from: Marine Systems Technology or Curriculum Plus.

Year three

  • Computer Aided Yacht Engineering   
  • Structural design for Production   
  • Project   
  • Options: Advanced Performance Prediction, Marine Production Management, Marine Industry Work-Based Learning.

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Why study at Solent?

  • A unique course delivered in a prime industry location   
  • Strong links to the yacht industry   
  • Full industry-standard CAD and drawing office   
  • Fully equipped specialist composite workshop   
  • Emphasis on practical design and production   
  • Solent University is now a PRINCE2 accredited provider, and students can choose to undertake this internationally recognised project management course during their study   
  • You have an opportunity to join the champion sailing team.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, tutorials and case study work are supported by a high degree of practical design work in the CAD office, demonstration laboratories and FRP workshops. Where possible, visits to boatyards, builders and marine equipment suppliers are arranged.

Work experience

There is an optional work-based learning unit in the final year, and you’ll be encouraged to develop practical hands-on experience wherever possible. Many local boat builders are willing to give Solent students short work experience places, and the course team has close links with larger employers (such as Sunseeker) who frequently offer summer work experience positions to second-year students. Past students have also had the opportunity to gain experience at large marine events such as Seawork 2013.

Our facilities

Solent’s leading facilities include a 60-metre commercial-standard towing test tank, and a static four-metre stability tank. You’ll also have access to our composite construction workshop, yacht drawing office and modern CAD office.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

If you are a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study yacht design and production units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Course team

The course is delivered by a team of specialist naval architects, yacht designers and production designers, supported by Computer Aided Design (CAD)/drawing office instructors and Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) workshop instructors. All team members come from the yacht and small craft industry and maintain their close links through consultancy, design practice and professional bodies.

How to book

Please contact the Solent University admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

Our office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Key info from UNISTATS

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Course information


Most units are assessed by coursework, portfolios or timed assignments.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you’ll be well placed for careers in leading yacht design offices and yacht production yards, naval architects, equipment design, project management and classification societies.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

The course’s international reputation for yacht and small craft design is founded on many years of excellence, and on the highly qualified course team’s strong links to industry and ongoing work in consultancy and design.

You will benefit from a full programme of RINA Southern Joint Branch lectures, as well as guest speakers from industry companies such as Nigel Gee BMT, Babcock Engineering and Structural Polymers.

You’ll be encouraged to attend local boat shows, including the Southampton International Boat Show and Seawork International. We also organise yard visits, with recent trips including Sunseeker International and Solent Refit.


Transferable skills
Creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, project management and production skills are developed throughout the course, particularly in the case study and small group workshops.

Entry level

  • 240 points from three A-levels including a numeracy based A-level
  • 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.
English language requirements
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEF IBT 80 (19 in writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 56 (51 in writing)
  • or equivalent.
Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the University. 

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