BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design

About this course

This is a well-established engineering degree that aims to produce graduates with the theoretical understanding and design skills of a professional naval architect working in the yacht and small craft industry. This could range from designing small racing sailing yachts through to a billionaire’s superyacht or patrol boats and commercial craft.

The naval architect/designer must take responsibility for the overall design, structure, speed, power, safety and stability of a craft. Emphasis is placed on practical examples and design applications, supported by computer-aided design (CAD) work. There are three principal themes running through all three years, broadly described as small craft technology, CAD and design practice, and engineering theory.

The course combines theory and practice and aims to build on your existing practical sailing and boating experience. You will study in an ideal location, close to the thriving port of Southampton and its successful business community. The busy Solent also offers opportunities for further practical and sailing experience.

You will benefit from our industry- standard facilities at Solent's city centre campus which include a commercial size towing tank, computer aided design (CAD) office, fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composite workshop, material test laboratory, stability tank and model building workshops.

Student testimonial

“This course is a good opportunity to learn about all the construction of a boat, from design through to testing in the sea. I really enjoy this course because the lecturers have a lot of experience.”

Christopher Leroy, Graduate

Course content

Year 1

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Marine Materials
  • Marine Production
  • Marine Systems
  • Naval Architecture
  • Structural Mechanics

Year 2

  • Applied Marine Craft Systems
  • Applied Yacht Design and Production
  • Marine Craft Design and Development
  • Marine Craft Hydrodynamics
  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Structural Analysis.

Year 3

  • Advanced Yacht Design and Production
  • Marine Craft Structures (Practice)


  • Aero-hydrodynamics
  • Marine Craft Structures (Theory)
  • Marine Industry Work-based Learning.


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

Course information


Most units are assessed by a combination of course work and an exam element. Several CAD-based units such as yacht design and production are fully coursework assessed.

Career opportunities

Career paths include:

  • yacht design 
  • positions in naval architects’ offices 
  • technical management of new construction 
  • design and production engineering 
  • project management 
  • marine equipment design and manufacture.

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