BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design

About this course

Solent’s internationally-recognised yacht and powercraft design course focuses on small craft technology, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and design practice, delivering essential engineering theory and design skills.

Previous students have benefitted from attending guest lectures by speakers from key industry organisations such as the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), Nigel Gee BMT, Babcock Engineering, Gurit, Sunseeker, Rob Humphries Design and Norbert Sedlacek (Open 60 skipper).

To help build their professional network, students are encouraged to attend local boat shows, including the Southampton Boat Show and Seawork International. Previous students have also been on yard visits, with recent trips including Sunseeker, Green Marine and Solent Refit.

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

  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Computer Aided Modelling
  • Sailing Yacht Design
  • Motor Boat Design
  • Applied Marine Systems Technology
  • Structural Analysis

Year 3

  • Advanced Naval Architecture
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Project
  • Structural Design for Production
  • Structural Design Theory
  • Marine Industry Work-based Learning

Further information and application details

for more information about the ourse and how to apply, please visit the Solent University website.

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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