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
  • Sailing Yacht Design
  • Motor Boat Design
  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Marine Production Technology


  • Marine Systems Techology

Year three

  • Computer Aided Yacht Engineering
  • Structural design for Production
  • Project


  • Yacht Surveying
  • Marine Production Management
  • Marine Industry Work-Based Learning

Please note: not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

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 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

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

  • A minimum of two A-levels, including one STEM subject, 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.
  • Entry to year two may be offered to applicants holding an HND in an appropriate subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.

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