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Newcastle University

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
in Naval Architecture

Naval Architecture integrates basic and applied research, design processes and engineering principles for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Other key activities include the conversion, rebuilding and repair of ships. Naval Architecture also involves the formulation of safety regulations, damage control rules and the approval and certification of ship designs to meet statutory and non-statutory requirements.

This degree programme is directed towards the design, development and operation of ships and other marine vehicles. The principles of stability, structures, response in a seaway, resistance and propulsion can be applied to vessels as diverse as ferries, giant oil tankers, tugs and even warships.

Naval Architects excel in various sectors of the shipbuilding industry including ship design and construction, technical and safety consultancy, operations, management and commerce, as well as the engineering of offshore renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and tidal power.


Newcastle University
Naval Architecture, BEng (Hons)

Programme Structure

Year 1 Semester 1

Year 1 Semester 2

Year 2 Semester 1

Year 2 Semester 2


Newcastle University
Naval Architecture, BEng (Hons)

Applicants must note the following additional English requirement for this programme:
(To be submitted before class commencement)

a. GCE O-Level English must be C6 or better, or 
b. IELTS 6.5 or better

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology*
  • Manufacturing Engineering*
  • Mechatronics Engineering*

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Technology*
  • Automation & Mechatronic Systems*
  • Marine & Offshore Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering*
  • Mechatronic Engineering*

Republic Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Engineering*

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical Engineering*
  • Marine Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering*
  • Mechanical Engineering*
  • Mechatronics*

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Engineering*
  • Mechatronics*

 * Subject to successful completion of the 12-weeks bridging programme

All other Engineering diploma holders from the 5 local polytechnics who have completed the following subject areas with adequate depth and acceptable grades, may be considered for the NU’s Marine programmes, subject to successful completion of the 12-week bridging programme:

    1. Engineering Mathematics
    2. Mechanics
    3. Thermofluids/Fluid dynamics/Thermodynamics
    4. Engineering Materials, Processes and Strength of Materials
    5. Electrical Systems

Details of the module requirements for other engineering diplomas are shown below:

Diploma Name/ Discipline


Naval Architecture

Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics disciplines






Applicants with these diplomas have taken the following modules:

  • Math;
  • Mechanics;
  • Thermodynamics/Fluid dynamics; and
  • Other technical modules

Civil Engineering disciplines


Applicants with these diplomas have taken the following modules:

  • Math;
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics/Fluid dynamics; and
  • Other technical modules

Electrical Engineering/ Electronics disciplines




Not Applicable

Computer/IT disciplines



The modules mentioned may be taken as elective/option outside of the main diploma course, e.g. from Diploma plus, a certificate programme, etc.



Newcastle University
Naval Architecture, BEng (Hons)

All students will have to complete a 4-week attachment at the home campus of Newcastle University where they get to experience life as a student, living and studying in Newcastle, United Kingdom. The programme itinerary will include library and career talks, academic lectures, research and literature review workshops to prepare students for their final-year dissertation projects, as well as visits to companies, museums and key cultural sites.

The estimated cost of the overseas immersion programme ranges from S$4,000 to S$5,000.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on the prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.

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Classmates and the student leaders at the St. James Park dressing room 
(Photo courtesy of Teo Hwee Leng)

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Visit our home campus and experience the life of being an overseas student! 
(Photo courtesy of Abdul Hakim Bin Johari and Muhammad Faizal Bin Mohamed)

 “Having the opportunity to travel halfway across the globe, the newcastle experience was amazing. Pleasant climate, historic buildings, lovely English people; it’s really hard for anyone not wanting to go back again.” 
- (Teo Hwee Leng, Class of 2011)


Newcastle University
Naval Architecture, BEng (Hons)

For admission-related queries, please email to 
For general and programme-related queries, please email to

Gan Hiong Yap

Assistant Professor Gan Hiong Yap
Programme Director


SIT@NP Building
537 Clementi Road
Singapore 599493