Tony Castro

Our Yacht Design experience and heritage

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To really understand Yacht design a passion for the sea and proven track record of success on the water is a surely a pre-requisite for a yacht designer?!

Tony started racing boats as a young boy and by his teens had won numerous championships in approximately 10 different classes of boat. This expertise proved to be the bedrock of his understanding of boat dynamics which proved invaluable when he started he formally set up his studio in 1981. In those days you were judged on the competiveness of the yachts you designed and the only way to secure further commissions was to win on the water...

Thankfully, the first Tony Castro designed yacht broke records - and in 1981 JUSTINE III won the One Ton World Cup - becoming the first yacht to win all 5 races in the world championship - which was the most prestigious and challenging yachting championship of it's time...

From this illustrious start, the studio won commissions from numerous manufacturers and individuals wanting the Tony Castro Design stamp which over the next 38 years has led to a yacht design business with numerous awards for custom yachts for both power and sail, for both manufacturers and individuals, ranging in size from small racing sailboats to Superyachts.

10,000 boats on the water and 500 completed designs bear testament to the achievements of Tony Castro Design and we look forward to adding to the studio's roll of honour with our future designs.

Tony Castro


Ben Rogerson Yacht Design

Specialists in performance yacht and powercraft design..

Ben Rogerson Yacht Design is a design and consultancy service with an international operation based out of Hamble, on the South Coast of the UK. We specialise in performance sailing yacht and motorboat design. BRYD provides a diverse range of services from naval architecture and concept design, through to detailed mechanical component engineering. We pride ourselves on delivering first class bespoke custom yacht design for performance yachts, luxury motoryachts and leisure craft.

Learn more about BRYD, our team and our background.

Design Portfolio

BRYD Services

We offer a variety of yacht design services, including:, concept design.

At the heart of our design process is our ability to communicate and effectively transfer our client’s vision into reality.

Naval Architecture & Engineering

Developing hull form and appendage configuration, by utilising advanced in-house parametric design processes and further analytical methods.

Performance Analysis

In partnership with Steuart Lynes MEng MIet, we have devoted a significant amount of resources into the development of our in-house performance analysis tool set.

3D Modelling & Production Design

At BRYD we have invested significantly into our trade tools, using high end Parametric Modelling PLM software, Siemens NX.

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Laurent Giles is a dynamic firm of Naval Architects and Yacht Designers continuing to push the boundaries of design. We provide professional independent services to clients, designers and shipyards throughout the world.

David Lewis - Managing Director

David Lewis

Managing director.

David Lewis Managing Director

David first became involved with the company in 1997 working on the design and testing of ‘Flagship for Young Britain’. He then became a design engineer/naval architect at Southampton Yacht Services for 5 years before returning to Laurent Giles, becoming a Director in 2007 and MD in 2009. He has been responsible for all the major Superyacht projects undertaken by the company since then. David sits on the Caiman Island PYC advisory committee and brings a detailed knowledge of Superyacht Design and Engineering from his broad experience across the Industry.

Stephen Wallis - Technical Director

Stephen Wallis

Technical director.

Stephen Wallis Technical Director

Stephen has been a director of the company since 1983 and has been responsible for the naval architecture of a wide range of designs, from sailing yachts, square riggers and America’s Cup yachts through to the large Superyachts that the company is known for today. From 1993 to 2013 he was also a Senior Lecturer (Structural Design, Aero-hydro Dynamics) and Programme Leader for the BEng Yacht & Powercraft design degree at Southampton Solent University. Laurent Giles retain close links with the University, regularly using the University’s towing tank as part of their hull design and development work for clients.

Alexander Lee - Naval Architect

Alexander Lee

Naval architect.

Alexander Lee Naval Architect

From an early age, Alexander began to discover his love for competitive sailing and a passion for understanding how things worked. This lead to an unbounded enthusiasm for marine engineering and all things boats. Obtaining a First Class Honours degree in Yacht Design & Production at Southampton Solent University led him to be awarded the RINA – BAE Systems Student Naval Architect Award for the best final year project and the RINA and IMarEST Southern Joint Branch prize for the top final year student across the yacht engineering courses in the same year. Following this, Alexander joined the team at Laurent Giles where he focuses on Preliminary Design, 3D modelling and Naval Architecture.

Matthew Cory - Naval Architect

Matthew Cory

Matthew Cory Naval Architect

Matthew developed a passion for sailing and engineering at a young age, often spending his weekends racing or fixing up his small dinghy. This interest led him to undertake a degree in Yacht Design & Production at Southampton Solent University. Before joining the team at Laurent Giles in 2019, he has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from high speed SOLAS Superyacht RIBs to Composite Military Workboats. Building off his previous experience, his primary roles at Laurent Giles include Naval Architecture, 3D modelling and concept design.

Kim Hughes - Accounts and Admin

Accounts and Admin

Kim Hughes Accounts and Admin

Kim joined the team at Laurent Giles in 2017 as the company accounts manager and administrator. With over 25 years’ experience in accountancy, she has worked in both the public sector and in industry. She is an AAT licensed accountant and member in practice.

Mike Cooke-Yarborough - Design & Project Management Consultant

Mike Cooke-Yarborough

Design & project management consultant.

Mike Cooke-Yarborough Design & Project Management Consultant

Mike started his career in the J. I. Thornycroft design office, working on a variety of commercial ferries and ships. This was followed by nine years as head of design consultancy working for Verolme United Shipyards in Holland. He has been involved in a huge range of worldwide commercial work, was contracted by the Maltese Government to reorganise their shipyard technical departments and was technical project manager for the ‘River Class’ offshore patrol vessels built by VT for the MOD. His yacht experience was gained on large yacht projects in Holland and Germany, including project management for a German interior company outfitting a 76 and 96 metre yacht. His connection with Laurent Giles began whilst working with Viareggio Super Yachts and he has since collaborated closely with Laurent Giles as a design and project management consultant on many recent projects. His experience and worldwide industry contacts make him a valuable member of the LG team.

Ashley Hurrell - Business Development Partner

Ashley Hurrell

Business development partner.

Ashley Hurrell Business Development Partner

Ashley is Laurent Giles’ marketing and business development consultant. An avid yachtsman and Tall Ship boson’s mate, Ashley brings a track record of working with many of the UK’s largest ship repairers and is well known in the Industry. He has been involved in the Superyacht industry with both new build and refit experience, dealing with yards, management companies, industry experts, captains and owners from around the world. Driven by customer satisfaction he understands a client’s every need and shares the ethos and values of Laurent Giles.

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Yacht Design and Production

Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

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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’ll 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’ll 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.

Don't just take our word for it...

Why 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.

Career potential

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’ll 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 Seaworks 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.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

The course maintains close links with previous graduates, some of whom have gone on to work as:

  • Naval architect, Laurent Giles Naval Architects Ltd, UK
  • Design engineer, Sunseeker Yachts, UK
  • Designer, Humphries Yacht Design Ltd, UK
  • Design engineer, Monaco Marine, France
  • Naval architect, Viareggio Shipyards, Italy.

Detailed Course Facts

  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 11475 Year (Non-EEA)

Course Content

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Materials
  • Marine Production
  • Marine Structures
  • Marine Systems.
  • Computer Aided Modelling
  • Performance Prediction and Analysis
  • Sailing Yacht Design
  • Motor Boat Design
  • Marine Systems Technology
  • Curriculum Plus.
  • Computer Aided Yacht Engineering
  • Structural design for Production
  • 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.)

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.

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

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'll 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're 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.

Meet the 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

To study at this university, you have to speak English . We advice you to


  • 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
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year.

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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Southampton Solent University.

National Scholarship Programme

The primary purpose of our National Scholarship Programme is to benefit individual students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education. This scheme is available to new home and EU under graduate students starting a programme of study with us in 2014-15, who have no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award and whose tuition fees are over £6,000 for the year. To be eligible to be considered for a National Scholarship, applicants will need to meet both the Government national eligibility criteria and the additional University eligibility criteria, as detailed below. Government national eligibility criteria:

  • Students will need to have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.

University eligibility criteria will include one or more of the following:

  • Enrolment on an undergraduate degree programme, foundation level of an undergraduate degree programme, HNC or other equivalent course
  • Home address (this is your address prior to joining university) within a low participation neighbourhood
  • Being in the care of a local authority for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University, and aged 24 or under.

Please see further information about the National Scholarship Programme here:

High Performance Academy Scholarship

Sport Solent and Southampton Solent University have developed the High Performance Academy (HPA) to help students who are studying at the University, whilst competing on the national and international stage. The programme provides financial and mentoring support to assist athletes in reaching their sporting potential whilst pursuing higher education. Minimum requirements for entry on the Sport Solent High Performance Academy Full-time or part-time undergraduate, or post-graduate student Applicants must have an outstanding ability in a particular sport Applicants must compete at a semi-professional level or show strong evidence of the potential to do so The High Performance Academy programme offers different levels of support to student athletes based on their sporting talent and potential. There are three categories that a successful applicant can fall under:

  • Performance squad
  • Development squad
  • High Performance squad

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form below and email it back to the High Performance Academy

Scholarships for oversears students

International Scholarships Scheme 2014 We are pleased to offer some scholarships to students applying from overseas. Who can apply?

You can apply if: you are applying for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University for 2014 entry, and you are from one of the following areas: Africa, Bangladesh, Japan, North and South America, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey and you are not currently studying or residing in the UK, and you are a self-funded, full fee student (not applicable to Erasmus/Study Abroad students).

How do I apply?

Simply complete the Overseas Scholarships Application form and return it to our International Office, once you have received an offer from us.

The scholarship form is accessible at:

What will happen next?

You will need to accept our unconditional offer and pay the required deposit. We will then send you the Scholarship Award of £1,000 towards your tuition fee payment for your first year of study.

Sport Scholarships

Sport Solent continues to provide and support top level athletes that strive for academic success alongside their sporting careers. Southampton Solent University offers the opportunity for selected athletes to access a sporting scholarship in many disciplines. Please note: the Sport Solent scholarship is available for athletes who excel in basketball and cricket. If you compete at a national and/or international level in another sport, and want to get financial support and mentoring from Southampton Solent University, you can apply for the High Performance Academy|. The Sport Solent scholarship Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the university for each successful applicant: Scholarship fees Undergraduate Postgraduate Year 1: 100% Year 1: 100% Year 2: 50% Year 2: 50% Year 3: 50% N/A Benefits

  • Personal mentor
  • One-to-one strength and conditioning training
  • Free use of Sport Solent facilities
  • Free membership to Team Solent sports clubs, providing sports insurance
  • High performance support workshops and lectures
  • Additional funding to compete in international sporting events
  • Flexible timetables
  • Physiotherapy treatments.

Applicants must fill out the registration form and email to [email protected]. The registration form can be accessible through the link below:

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Maritime Engineering Science: Naval Architecture (MSc)

Maritime Engineering Science: Naval Architecture (MSc) starting September 2024 for 1 year

About this course

Develop in-depth knowledge of maritime engineering science on this master’s course at the University of Southampton. You’ll learn about the design and analysis of marine craft and structures in the marine environment, and gain specialist understanding of the key areas of naval architecture. You'll graduate with the skills to become a naval architect or to continue your studies at PhD level. 

This Maritime Engineering Science: Naval Architecture MSc is one of 5 maritime engineering science specialisms you can study at the University of Southampton. 

Each one gives a broad overview of the key concepts of maritime engineering science while allowing you to pursue your own interests or career plans by focusing on a particular area. 

It's ideal if you have an engineering, science or maths background and want a career in the maritime sector. You don’t need to have specialist knowledge of ship science already – we'll teach you what you need to know.    On this course you’ll take specialist modules allowing you to explore the key concepts of naval architecture, such as: 

  • resistance and propulsion 
  • maritime structure 
  • manoeuvring 
  • hydrodynamics 
  • materials 

You’ll also undertake an experimental or numerical research project, and benefit from our  Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute  research network and our world-class maritime engineering facilities, including the largest towing tank in a UK university. 

As a research-led University we undertake a continuous review of our courses to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this course may be revised however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when and how we might make changes .

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Gabriel Weymouth, an associate professor for the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton. His main areas of interest are mechanics and maths. He is currently working on unsteady fluid dynamics and nonlinear fluid/structure interaction. Read  Dr Weymouth’s staff profile  to find out more about his work. 

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for one of our other MSc Maritime Engineering Science pathways:

  • Advanced Computational Engineering
  • Marine Engineering & Autonomy
  • Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering
  • Yacht and High-performance Craft


This master's programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer registration. Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

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“While I was working in the shipbuilding industry, I decided to study for a master’s to strengthen my theoretical expertise. Learning from industry experts from Lloyd’s Register and the Wolfson Unit has been especially useful, providing advice and current skills needed in industry.” Hongseok (Elvis) Bae, 2019 graduate

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Course location.

This course is based at Boldrewood .

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in: 

  • engineering 
  • marine engineering
  • naval architecture 
  • ship science 
  • physics 

We might also consider you if you have a degree in oceanography or architecture, or are studying at a marine academy.

Find the  equivalent international qualifications  for your country. 

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:

IELTS score requirements

We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.


If you don’t meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements, you can complete a pre-master's programme through our partnership with ONCAMPUS. Learn more about the programmes available .

Recognition of professional experience

If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.

Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Got a question?

Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.

Email:  [email protected] Tel:  +44(0)23 8059 5000

Course structure

This is a full-time master’s course studied over 12 months.

In the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course.  

This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.  

For the last 4 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress. 

Want more detail?  See all the modules in the course.

The modules outlined provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our course to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. Find out why, when and how we might make changes .

Year 1 modules

You must study the following modules :

Fundamentals of Maritime Engineering

This fundamentals module is aimed primarily for the MSc students in Maritime Engineering Science and students on the MECH/Navel Engineering programmes. It provides them with the essential knowledge of Maritime Engineering required for their subsequent stu...

MSc Research Project

Within the context of your programme of study, students will undertake independent, original and critical research on a relevant topic. Students will then communicate the research objectives, methodology, analysis, results and conclusions effectively both...

Marine Hydrodynamics

This module extends the fundamentals of fluid mechanics in the context of naval architecture and ocean engineering including water waves and the fluid loading and motion of maritime structures and vessels in waves. Students will assess the concepts of add...

Marine Structures in Fluids

This module extends the fundamentals associated with the structural design of floating maritime vessels to account for the complexity of fluid-structure interactions on ship life and operation. Students will assess the impact of fluid-structure interacti...

Maritime Safety: Risk, Environment and Law

In view of the Engineering Council’s support for the development of engineering degrees that will equip students to become professional engineers, the module follows the European Network for Engineering Accreditation guidelines to contribute to graduate a...

Zero Carbon Ship Resistance and Propulsion

Maximising the propulsive efficiency of ships is key to their economic effectiveness and in minimising their emissions of CO2, NOx and SOx. Advances in ship performance require a detailed understanding of the fluid dynamic mechanisms which control the flo...

You must also choose from the following modules :

Applications of CFD

The basic concept of Computational Fluid Dynamics and numerical procedures (FVM/FDM) are introduced. The major focus is practical applications, including geometry and grid generation, using solvers and turbulence models in CFD packages, and interpretation...

Design Search and Optimisation (DSO) - Principles, Methods, Parameterizations and Case Studies

This module introduces students to formal design search and optimization (DSO) approaches using a mixture of lectures covering theory and practice and a series of worked case studies with student participation.

Failure of Materials and Components

In this module, the emphasis moves away from alloy development and design, and focuses on the performance of structural materials in a range of engineering applications. The lectures draw on examples from applications of ceramics, steel, Al, Ti and Ni bas...

Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics

Many real-world engineering structures are too complex for their behaviour to be understood using an ‘exact’ analytical or theoretical method alone. Therefore, in practice we often use approximate numerical or simulation-based tools for structural analysi...

Marine Structures

This module extends the structural analysis principles to marine structural design and assessment, building on the fundamentals established in the previous “materials and structures” and “ship structural design and production” courses. Students will asses...

Maritime Robotics

This module introduces the theoretical and practical design of maritime robotics systems such as autonomous underwater and surface vehicles (AUVs, ASVs). Students will be introduced to the theoretical principles underlying their design including aspect...

Offshore Engineering & Analysis

Offshore infrastructure forms a key part of our global communication, energy generation, material transport and environment monitoring networks. This module examines the general engineering concepts and analytical techniques that are fundamental to design...

Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows: Wind, Wave and Tide

The atmospheric and gravitational processes present on the earth generate flows of wind and water. This module studies these resources and practical methods/technologies for extracting cost-effective electrical and other energy conversions. The main focu...

Ship Manoeuvring and Control

This module provides the fundamental concepts associated with the principles of manoeuvring and control theory, with a focus on vehicles operating on or below the air water interface. There is one assignment which integrates manoeuvring hydrodynamic data...

Yacht and High Performance Craft

This module covers the performance and design of a variety of high performance small craft: namely semi-displacement, planing craft and catamarans as well as sailing yachts, hydrofoils and hovercraft. It will examine the basic mechanics and fluid dynamics...

Learning and assessment

The learning activities for this course include: 

  • lectures 
  • classes and tutorials 
  • coursework 
  • individual and group projects 
  • independent learning (studying on your own) 

We’ll assess you through: 

  • coursework, laboratory reports and essays 
  • a dissertation 
  • essays 
  • group essays 
  • written exams 


You’ll research and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, to be agreed with your supervisor.

The project is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject. 

Academic Support

We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.

With this degree you'll be in strong demand as a naval architect or marine architect. Jobs in this area have good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.

Our graduates work across many different organisations. The Solent region around Southampton is the main UK hub for the maritime sector, home to employers such as: 

  • Lloyd’s Register 
  • Carnival 
  • Nigel Gee 
  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

Organisations such BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Babcock support the defence sector and employ a number of our graduates. The offshore and marine renewable development industries offer excellent prospects both to work in the UK or globally in locations such as Singapore, Houston or Perth. 

Careers services at Southampton

We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise team will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes
  • CV/resume and interview skills workshops
  • networking events
  • careers fairs attended by top employers
  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities
  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:

  • our dedicated start-up incubator,  Futureworlds
  • a wide variety of  enterprise events  run throughout the year
  • our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator,  SETsquared

Fees, costs and funding

Tuition fees.

Fees for a year's study:

  • UK students pay £9,250.
  • EU and international students pay £30,000.

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If you're an international student on a full-time course, we'll ask you to pay £2,000 of your tuition fees in advance, as a deposit.

Your offer letter will tell you when this should be paid and provide full terms and conditions.

Find out about exemptions, refunds and how to pay your deposit on our tuition fees for overseas students page.

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.

Find out how to  pay your tuition fees .

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

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10% alumni discount

If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.

Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK nationals only)

This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible .

Southampton Engineering Deans Postgraduate International Scholarship

A scholarship of £5,000 is available to international students studying for a postgraduate master’s in Engineering.

Find out more about the Southampton Engineering Deans International Scholarship , including eligibility and conditions.

Other postgraduate funding options

A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.

Funding for EU and international students

Find out about funding you could get as an international student.

  • Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
  • Search for the course you want to apply for.
  • Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
  • Submit your application.

For further details, read our step by step guide to postgraduate taught applications .

Application deadlines

Uk students.

The deadline to apply for this course is Wednesday 3 July 2024 - midday UK time.

We advise applying early as applications may close before the expected deadline if places are filled.

  • International students

Application assessment fee

We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.

This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.

If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page .

Supporting information

When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course. 

You’ll need to include information about: 

  • your knowledge of the subject area
  • why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
  • how you intend to use your qualification

References are not required for this programme.

Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.

What happens after you apply

You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.

We will aim to send you a decision 6 weeks after you have submitted your application. 

If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.

Unfortunately, due to number of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.

Equality and diversity

We treat and select everyone in line with our  Equality and Diversity Statement .

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Celebrating 50 years of yacht design at Solent

alumni, staff and students celebrated 50 years of yacht design at solent university with a conference and gala dinner..

From world-renowned yacht designers to maritime business leaders, more than 130 alumni sailed into Southampton on Saturday 21 September 2019 to celebrate 50 years of yacht design at Solent University.

The first yacht engineering courses began in 1969 with students graduating with either HNCs or HNDs. From these humble beginnings, two popular courses emerged in the 1980s, Institute Diploma in Yacht & Boat Design and the College Diploma in Yacht & Boatyard management.

And, in 1990 the institution’s first two degree courses were launched. Following on from the success of the degrees in Yacht and Powercraft Design and  Yacht Design and Production , the University recently launched the one year MSc program, MSc Superyacht Design .


During the day, attending alumni were able to meet up with past and present staff and students, take a selection of tours – including a maritime simulation tour - and listen to academic papers, before sitting down in the evening to a gala dinner and keynote speaker - one of sailing's leading journalists and alumnus, Matthew Sheahan.

The class of 1981 meet in the same classroom they were taught in

Speaking at the event, Giles Barkley, Course Leader in Yacht Engineering, said: “This is not just about celebrating 50 years of this university delivering world-leading courses in naval architecture, yacht design and yacht production; it is also about looking to the future and to the next 50 years.

“Looking at everyone here today, it is evident that we have a strong and international network of Yacht Engineering professionals. 

“Our original courses have evolved and are regularly updated, and recognised not only here in the UK but all over the globe. This has to be quite an achievement for both the course and the University.”

Jason Ker catching up with alumni

Alumnus and Honorary Doctorate Jason Ker, Director at Ker Yacht Design and designer of many famous race yachts including Americas Cup yachts, was pleased to be back in the building.

“It was great to see old classmates, it felt like a family reunion. The course has always provided a good foundation of practical and academic marine design and engineering knowledge,” he said.

“It is clear that in addition to its wide success in the specialisation of Yacht Design, the course has set old classmates off into exceptional careers in race car engineering and ship design.”


Andrew MacFarlan, Head of Composite Design at Red Bull, who graduated in 1995 with a BEng (Hons) in Yacht and Powercraft Design, spent four years in the marine industry before switching his skills to Formula 1 in 1999.

“The principles you learn as a naval architect or a yacht designer are transferable to the design of many things, but certainly to F1 cars,” he added. “All the materials and structural analysis, general design and engineering, centre of gravity – all of these things are completely transferable.”

More than 200 people attended the gala dinner

Solent continues to produce graduates who shape the world of sailing, including Guillame Verdier, who designed the yachts that came both first and second at 2012 Vendee Globe.

On the sailing-side, world-class alumni include: Helena Lucas, who won Great Britain’s first ever sailing gold at the 2012 Paralympics; Paul Goodison who took gold at the 2008 Olympics; and Herve Piveteau, who sailed to victory in the Production Boat Class at the Mini Transat 2008.

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Come and build the world’s finest bluewater sailing yachts, a fulfilling career and a Great British business.


If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career working for a thoroughbred luxury British Yacht Builder, look no further! We are preparing for our next intake of apprentices to our programmes. 

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We have 2 sites in Hampshire (Southampton and Hythe) both offering Boat Building, Marine Electrical and Marine Engineering Apprenticeships.

We also have a Norfolk facility (Wroxham) where there are Marine Electrical and Marine Engineering Apprentices. Alongside this, we are taking on Boat Build trainees who would learn on the job.

The training partner in Hampshire is Southampton City College and for Norfolk it is Norwich City College. The courses are typically 4 years in duration and you finish your apprenticeship with a City in Guilds Level 3 in the respective discipline.

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This is not your average Marine Apprenticeships. Oyster builds the world’s finest bluewater cruising yachts. We don’t just offer jobs but the chance to be part of a proud family, to learn, to be the best at what you do, and to enjoy your work. Combining the perfect balance of practical, on-the-job learning and theoretical studies, our Marine Apprenticeships will give you the skills to grow and succeed in the industry as a boat builder or marine engineer. Here are three big reasons to join us.

Take pride in building the skills you need to create something beautiful and unique – a Great British product, respected around the world. Our yachts set the standards in craftsmanship, making life-enhancing adventures possible for our passionate international family of customers.

Under passionate new leadership Oyster is growing fast, with an order book that gives us security for years to come. It means that you can look forward with confidence and opportunities to progress both your skills and career, as we launch new yachts and innovate.

You will work as part of a highly skilled team with the finest materials and facilities. We strive to build a family feel amongst our team and to provide the flexibility, training, benefits and support that you need to do your best work and to enjoy your work.

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During your apprenticeship, you will be supported by a dedicated mentor and will work alongside our skilled workforce, to learn how our boats are built and how the trade your learning is pivotal to the production of our beautiful yachts.

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You’ll develop your skills and knowledge in carpentry and joinery over the course of your apprenticeship. As you progress, you will undertake upholstery work on overhead panels, joints and dove tail set, cabin fit out and decking. This is where you will learn to fine tune your skills working with different woods such as teak, beech, walnut.


You will grow your knowledge and develop your ability in hydraulics and plumbing on one of our luxury yachts. You’ll learn how to finish, file and polish different materials to accurate dimensions and begin to understand the commissioning process of our yachts.

In this trade you will be trained on Electrical Installation of hardware for on-going projects. You will undertake practical and pragmatic testing, fault finding and problem solving with all electrical components. You will also be working with AC/DC, AV and NAV systems as well as wiring engines and learning about generators.

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For all roles you’ll learn how to use specific hand tools safely and correctly and how to comprehensively read and interpret drawings and systems, specific to your trade.

As an Apprentice you will be full-time employee of Oyster Yachts Ltd working at one of the main production sites. The core working week is 40 hours and you will attend college 1 day a week.

All Apprentices will start on £5.60 per an hour (1 April 2023 onwards) and then as you progress through each year the rate of pay increases in line with National/Living Minimum Wage.


Please email [email protected] with your CV and cover letter to be considered for our 2023 intake. Our dedicated Recruitment partner will then send you an application for registration and review.

Come and Build something great with us!


Oyster values

We are proud to build the world’s finest bluewater sailing yachts. Our success depends on our ability to bring together the best people and enable them to do great work. Living by our values every day ensures we enjoy and do our best work, feel valued, and grow personally and professionally. These are our values that make Oyster such a special place to work:

We focus on being the best and constantly getting better.

We care deeply, are accountable and take pride in all we do.

We do the right thing, act respectfully and keep promises.

We work as one team with heart, supporting each other and having fun together.

Our Mission

"We build and support the world’s finest bluewater cruising yachts, making life-enhancing adventures possible for our passionate international family of owners."

Handcrafted with pride

No two Oysters are the same. Each of our yachts is designed and handcrafted using time-honoured skills, insights and learnings gained over 50 years from a loyal group of visionaries including owners, staff, sales team and project managers. Working with the finest materials and an obsessive attention to detail, our craftspeople know how to translate your vision into a yacht that is an Oyster through and through, while making her unique to you.

If you are interested in a career at Oyster Yachts then we would love you to  take one of two next steps:

FIND OUT MORE by emailing our people team on [email protected]

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