Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours)

Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours)

DURATION:              4 Years full-time or part-time* equivalent

LOCATION:              Launceston

COURSE CODE:       24A (previously 23H)

INTAKE:                   February, July # 

MINIMUM ATAR:       70, OP 14

CRICOS:                   062255G

* Part-time study is not available to international students on a student visa studying in Australia
# Subject to credit granted

About the course

This course combines a core set of fundamental engineering units with a focus on marine craft design and technology. Naval architects are responsible for the design and construction of marine craft such as high-speed ferries, submarines, racing yachts, cargo ships, naval vessels and offshore floating systems.

The two specialisations available are:

Ship and Underwater Vehicles – focuses on the design and construction of ships ranging from high-speed ferries to naval frigates, as well as underwater vehicles and submarines.

Yacht and Small Crafts – comprises a similar set of units to the Ship and Underwater Vehicles specialisation, but focuses on the design and construction of small craft ranging from recreational craft to luxury cruisers and sailing yachts.

Course structure

This course is structured to be completed in 4 years of full-time study and consists of 8 units per year of study. Students are able to major in one of the following specialisations: Ship & Underwater Vehicles or Yacht and Small Craft. Students meeting the required standards of achievement throughout the course may qualify for an Honours award.

Year 1

  • Mathematics I
  • Engineering Design and Communication
  • Programming and Problem Solving for Engineers
  • Statics
  • Materials Technology
  • Mathematics II
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Calculus of Several variables
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Hydrostatics
  • Marine Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Project Engineering
  • Ship Design & Production (Ship) or Ship Design and Production (Small Craft)

Year 3

  • Structural Analysis
  • Resistance and Propulsion
  • Seakeeping & Manoeuvring
  • Student Elective
  • Ship & Underwater Vehicles or Yacht & Small Craft Design
  • Applied Ship Design (Ship) or Applied Ship Design (Small Craft)
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Bluefin: Maritime Engineering

Year 4

  • Advanced Ship Structures
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Design Project (Part 1 & 2)
  • Research Project (Part 1 & 2)
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Student Elective


Practical experience

As part of the course of study, students must complete at least 12 weeks of work experience considered to be appropriate by the Bachelor of Engineering Courses Committee. For further information regarding work experience, please visit the Work Experience web page.


Prospective students must meet AMC/University of Tasmania undergraduate general entry requirements:

Entry requirements for all maritime engineering courses are as follows:

Potential students must have completed middle to upper level Maths and a Science subject (^Physics or Chemistry recommended).

TAS      Maths Methods + a science subject^
VIC       Maths Methods + a science subject^
NSW     Maths (2-unit) or Maths Ex 1 + a science subject^
QLD      Maths B  Science subject + a science subject^
SA/NT   Maths Studies + a science subject^
WA        Maths 3C/3D + a science subject^
ACT      Maths Methods + a science subject^
IB          Maths + a science subject^
NZ        NCEA Level 3 with Calculus + a science subject^

Domestic students who do not meet the entry requirements may undertake the Bachelor of General Studies (Engineering Pathway).

International students who do not meet the entry requirements may undertake the Foundation Studies Program (FSP).

Career opportunities

Australia leads the world in the design and construction of high-speed aluminium craft, and naval architects are in huge demand. Graduates are also sought by companies that design and build leisure craft and working vessels.

Many Royal Australian Navy vessels have been built in Australian yards with considerable Australian design input, including patrol boats, mine hunters, frigates and submarines.

Further study options

After completion of the BE (NavArch) degree with Honours, students may apply for entry to the Master of Philosophy (Engineering) or Doctor Of Philosophy (Engineering) degree.

Course Costs

Please visit the Fees and Assistance web page for further information.


Newnham Campus, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

Collaborative degrees can also be commenced in Western Australia at Edith Cowan University, New Zealand at the Auckland University of Technology or in South Australia at Flinders University.

Scholarships available

The University of Tasmania Scholarships Program provides students with significant financial and academic support to study at the Australian Maritime College, a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania.

For further Scholarship information, please visit the University of Tasmania Scholarships website.

How to apply

Australian & New Zealand students - please visit the AMC Online Application page for details on how to apply. Alternatively, you can apply through your states’ Tertiary Admissions Centres.

International Students – please visit the UTAS International Students Apply for Admission page.

Need further information?

Please complete the Online Enquiry Form and the most appropriate person will respond to you directly.