• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

MSc Marine Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: P060721
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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Engineer the oceans and their resources sustainably

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface area. It is a diverse environment with vast engineering problems requiring solutions. Engineers who can find innovative and sustainable ways to solve these issues are in high demand. 

On this course, you will gain expertise in the fundamental research methods of marine hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. You also learn about its practical application, analysis and design.

You will apply theoretical, computational and experimental principles of hydrodynamics to traditional and contemporary problems of ocean engineering. This includes applications to coastal; offshore and subsea engineering; naval architecture and other related disciplines. 

Our academic staff will support you through your studies. They are renowned internationally for their impact, contribution and extensive experience.

We work closely with experts to produce graduates with the skills to meet industry standards and requirements. We also comply with other stakeholder rules and regulations.

Field trips are an essential aspect of this course. 

You will also have an opportunity to work in a team on a major marine renewable energy systems design project. This will incorporate the technical, economic, environmental, ethical, social, and liability considerations and constraints faced in industry.  The Design module will be delivered in a close collaboration with the industry. 

This course is designed both for those pursuing a higher degree who wish to become specialists in ocean engineering and related disciplines, soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.


The University will be seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators, which comprises the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers in 2019.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


You will learn from internationally leading lecturers and tutors who will teach you to extract renewable energy from the oceans and become a world-class engineer and leader. 

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How you will be taught

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars by invited academic and industry experts
  • laboratory exercises
  • design project
  • field trips

How you will be assessed

  • class discussions and observations
  • written and practical coursework
  • written and practical examinations
  • project report and presentations
  • MSc thesis

What you will study

You will complete core and specialist modules.

These will provide you with in-depth and advanced knowledge of:

  • hydrodynamics of fluid-structure interaction
  • water wave mechanics
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • coastal engineering
  • marine renewable energy
  • engineering design

You will carry out your own research project under supervision, on a topic of your choice.


The course covers topics based on traditional as well as emerging problems within ocean engineering with an emphasis on teamwork and close collaboration with oil, gas and renewable energy industries.

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Core Modules

These provide skills generic to engineering and research. The two modules are:

Credits: 30

This module includes:

  • carrying out a literature search
  • analysing literature
  • writing a literature review
  • quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
  • planning a research project
  • planning a presentation
  • delivering a presentation
  • statistical analysis of data
  • hypothesis testing
  • preliminary work on your research project

Credits: 10

This module includes:

  • Background to legislation: safety statistics; causes of accidents
  • Framework of Health and Safety Legislation
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act; CDM Regulations; COSHH, Construction Regulations Managing Construction Health and Safety
  • Implementing the CDM regulations.
  • International and governmental environment policy and targets
  • What is Sustainable Construction? Minimisation of Construction Waste and Pollution Prevention Guidelines on Construction and Demolition Sites
  • Environmental Assessment Methods, e.g. ISO 14000 and BREEAM (BRE Environment Assessment Method)
  • Use of Recycled Materials in Production of Cement and Concrete
  • 'Brown' Land Remediation with cement
  • Examples of Best Practice for Recycling, Reuse and Reconstitution
  • Site visit to review the use of recycled materials in concrete production

Specialist Modules

The specialist modules provide in-depth and advanced knowledge and build upon our recognised expertise in marine hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. These cover the following topics:

Credits: 20

The module covers the principles of:

  • marine hydrodynamics
  • wave interaction with fixed and floating structures
  • application of engineering principles to design and analysis of ocean structures

The topics covered include:

  • the motion of viscous and ideal fluids
  • water wave mechanics
  • wave diffraction and wave loads
  • hydrodynamics of floating bodies
  • and hydroelasticity

Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • preliminary of numerical analysis and CFD
  • approximations and errors
  • numerical differentiation and integration
  • discretisation of Navier-Stokes equations
  • finite difference, finite volume and finite element schemes
  • grid generation and complex geometries
  • turbulence models (RANS, LES, and DNS)
  • multiphase flow (e.g. particle tracking and VOF)

Credits: 20 

This module includes:

  1. Wave shoaling, refraction & diffraction; wave breaking, radiation stress and wave setup; design water level; coastal structures;
  2. Stokes wave theory; nonlinear long wave theory; introduction to numerical solutions of nonlinear shallow-water equations;
  3. non-cohesive sediment transport theory; fluid-sediment interactions; cohesive sediment processes (flocculation and aggregation); coastal erosion and protection measures; estuarine hydrodynamics & morphodynamics; and
  4. turbulent buoyant jets and plumes theory; dilution characteristics in the marine environment; design of multi-port diffuser systems; internal hydraulics of ocean outfalls.

Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • introduction to wind, wave and tide/current (Hydrokinetic) energies and ocean thermal energy conversion
  • key energy converters
  • buoyancy and stability
  • fundamentals of design and analysis techniques
  • economic,  environmental, ethical, social, and liability considerations in engineering design
  • team design project

Research Project

The research project consists two parts:

Students work on one project, the first part, CE50028 before April. Students who meet the requirements then complete CE50007.

Credits: 60

The aim of the project is to allow students to undertake a substantial, individual programme of research, either experimental, analytical, in-depth survey, or on-site, which addresses a specific engineering problem. The topic of the project will be related to the student’s MSc specialism.

The project will enable students to put into practice skills learnt in some or all of the Core modules, and to build upon the knowledge and understanding gained in the specialist modules.

Credits: 30

This module includes:

  • carrying out a literature search
  • analysing literature
  • writing a literature review
  • quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
  • planning a research project
  • planning a presentation
  • delivering a presentation
  • statistical analysis of data
  • hypothesis testing
  • preliminary work on your research project

We are globally renowned for research and teaching in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Offshore Geotechnics, and Marine Renewable Structures. We are also home to the Offshore Renewables Institute.

During the design module, you will have the opportunity to work with experts from world-leading oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. This will give you an extra advantage, whether you pursue a PhD or join industry or government.

There are excellent career opportunities within the industry. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, opportunities for graduates arise in:

  • renewable energy,
  • oil and gas,
  • coastal engineering,
  • offshore engineering,
  • naval architecture,
  • and subsea engineering sectors.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. We blend science and technology with management education in a unique learning environment. This makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil and ocean engineering and a wide range of related sectors.

Our graduates achieve high level positions in various engineering sectors. Some have gone on to managing and technical roles as consulting engineers and contractors in the offshore and others in the construction industries and research organisations.

Undertaking a project on Offshore Renewable Energy as part of the Marine Hydrodynamics group was truly eye-opening. The diverse staff group truly made this experience memorable. A fantastic department and research group to be involved with in an era where we are striving to be sustainable.

Thomas Riccio
Honours student, School of Science and Engineering

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline. For applicants with a non-technical degree, they should hold a 2:1 honours degree or above, and their suitability for one of the MSc programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £8,750
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Rest of UK students £8,750
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £21,950
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course Code
Apply nowMarine Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering MScP060721

Course Contact

Dr Masood Hayatdavoodi
Science and Engineering
+44 (0)1382 385720

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