Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) - ECU (24V3)

Overview  2021

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Minimum 4 Years, up to a maximum of 9 Years


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Semester 1, Semester 2

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Minimum 4 Years
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Semester 1, Semester 2

Growing up I was always around boats and it has been an ongoing passion. I’ve always been interested in maths and science so this is a great combination for me. Read more about Maggie-Rose

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The information on this page is indicative of our course offerings for 2022. Information about our 2022 offerings will be updated in August 2021.
This degree program is available to students who have completed years 1 and 2 in the Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) Honours at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
Delivered through the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) will guide you towards a thriving career in the maritime industry.  Your studies will focus on one of three maritime industry specialisations: Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, or Marine and Offshore Engineering.

Your education will include access to world-class training and research facilities. You will benefit from AMC’s industry connections and experience, providing you with a competitive edge as a graduate.

Naval Architecture

Naval Architecture focuses on the design and construction of everything from submarines and naval ships to luxury yachts, ferries, and cargo vessels. Across multiple branches of engineering, you can gain expertise in the shipping, high-speed, offshore, defence, underwater and recreational industries.

Ocean Engineering

Dive into advanced studies of the ocean environment and the conditions that impact the life cycle of marine structures. Ocean Engineering focuses on the design, construction and operation of offshore, subsea and coastal structures. You will also learn about applied wave mechanics, underwater technology and offshore renewable energy concepts.

Marine and Offshore Engineering

This specialisation focuses on the design, maintenance, and management of mechanical and mechanical-electrical systems. You’ll also learn about diverse maritime engineering topics from oil and gas exploration and extraction to submarine cabling, wind farms and wave power.

The Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) programme is a distinctive Maritime Engineering degree and the only of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. The four-year programme is accredited by Engineers Australia and is aligned with the needs of industry, opening up a world of possible careers for professionally qualified maritime engineers who can provide innovative and creative solutions within the Australian and international maritime industry. The degree has a strong practical approach using AMC's specialist facilities. Within the first two years of study, compulsory units in the degree cover the fundamental aspects of maritime engineering, after which students specialise in one of the following:

  • naval architecture, focusing on the design and construction of vessels within the shipping, high-speed, offshore, military, underwater and recreational industries;
  • ocean engineering, focusing on the design of offshore structures, subsea and coastal installations for sustainable development in the maritime environment; or
  • marine and offshore engineering, focusing on the design, deployment, commissioning and management of mechanical and mechanical-electrical systems associated with the shipping, marine and offshore oil and gas industries.

The final year of the program at AQF8 consists of capstone projects such as research project and design project. The integration of experiential learning, application of authentic real-world learning to problem solving and professional skills will enable students to apply to these capstone honours projects.

  • NavArch: Rationally apply comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning maritime engineering, with advanced knowledge of ocean vehicle design, hydrodynamics, ship structures, and/or on-board systems and equipment specific to the naval architecture discipline, using creativity, critical thinking and judgement.
  • OceanEng: Rationally apply comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning maritime engineering, with advanced knowledge of the design of offshore to coastal installations, subsea platforms and additional equipment and techniques for operations in the maritime environment specific to the ocean engineering discipline, using creativity, critical thinking and judgement.
  • MarOffEng: Rationally apply comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning maritime engineering, with advanced knowledge of the design, procurement and installation of mechanical, electrical and thermal systems, specific to the marine and offshore engineering discipline, using creativity, critical thinking and judgement.
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and management methods to devise, plan and execute a piece of engineering research with limited supervision.
  • Apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to identify complex problems in both the maritime and wider engineering fields and to formulate innovative solutions with intellectual independence.
  • NavArch: Apply abstraction and analysis to complex problems specific to ship design and construction industries and the wider maritime sector whilst concurrently considering the implications of the solution in a global and sustainable context using appropriate engineering methods and tools.
  • OceanEng: Apply abstraction and analysis to complex problems specific to the design and development of offshore, subsea and coastal infrastructure and operations in the wider maritime sector whilst concurrently considering the implications of the solution in a global and sustainable context using appropriate engineering methods and tools.
  • MarOffEng: Apply abstraction and analysis to complex problems specific to the maritime engineering industries whilst concurrently considering the implications of the solution in a global and sustainable context using appropriate engineering methods and tools.
  • Demonstrate a high level of communication skills in professional practice and articulate complex knowledge, by written and oral means, to specialist and nonspecialist audiences; including clients, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural project teams and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurship and creativity, professional accountability and ethical conduct through the application of design, research and project management techniques while concurrently displaying an awareness of professional engineering practice.
  • Review personal performance, demonstrate independent initiatives and leadership as a means of managing continuing professional development, wellbeing and lifelong learning through engagement with stakeholders, colleagues and members of other professions.

Bluefin: Maritime Engineering

Often described as a degree highlight, this experience gives students the chance to undertake a series of hands-on projects at sea. Take a five-day voyage on our 35-metre training vessel. You’ll engage in marine operations and discover issues unique to the deep-sea environment. Watch video

Become a Student Ambassador

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Through the Student Ambassador Program you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

We have strong collaborative connections with the Australian maritime and shipbuilding industry. This means that when you study at AMC, you’ll get real-work, hands-on experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

The growing maritime, defence, marine and offshore sectors are an exciting and strategic area of growth for AMC and the University of Tasmania. We are a strategic partner in the Naval Shipbuilding College, where we collaborate with industry, government and academia to deliver the expertise and workforce required for Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding program. Our ties with the maritime and shipbuilding industry provide our students with unmatched opportunities to connect with potential employers and gain real-work, hands-on experience before graduating.

A minimum of 12 weeks real-life work experience is a mandatory requirement of your AMC Engineering qualification. Professional work placements provide students with the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills to a practical working environment. You will also demonstrate advanced knowledge and comprehension of your chosen engineering specialisation.

During this stage of your engineering degree you will demonstrate your ability to resolve complex work-related problems under supervision of qualified engineers. You will engage in various facets of engineering, and can observe and appreciate the attitudes, responsibilities, and ethics expected of engineers.

This work experience is undertaken in the unit JEE493 Engineering Professional Practice.

Career outcomes

From doing year 10 work experience with a Naval Architect and falling in love with the concept of designing ships, to becoming Chief Technology Officer for a small tech company. Harry chased his passion for Maritime Engineering and tailored his studies to make sure he became the Naval Architect he wanted to be. He enjoys using his education to develop autonomy solutions in the maritime sector.

Harry Hubbert, Australian Maritime College Alumnus
Naval Architecture

The Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) with Honours prepares students for careers in the shipbuilding industry, designing and constructing luxury super yachts, sailing and power craft, destroyers and patrol boats for the defence industry, underwater vehicles and submarines, and big ocean cruiseliners; the high-speed ferry industry; insurance sector; and marine consultancy firms. It is also an excellent gateway to a career in government in the areas of commercial shipping, transport policy and administration.

Ocean Engineering

The Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) with Honours prepares students for careers designing and managing the installation of offshore, subsea and coastal structures for the oil and gas industry, in particular the offshore industry; the renewable energy industry; coastal and environmental engineering; marine consultancy firms; and ocean research organisations.

Marine and Offshore Engineering

The Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering) with Honours is unique to AMC and focuses on the design, manufacture, deployment and commissioning of machinery and systems associated with the marine and offshore industries. Marine systems focus on the selection, deployment and commissioning of machinery, mechanical and electrical systems and operational systems designed to support the ship and underwater vehicle industry.

There are many exciting developments being driven by increased fuel costs and the need to lower the environmental impact of vessels and oil rigs. You can get involved in engineering alternative marine power systems or improving crude oil extraction to reduce emissions while maximising yield.

Naval Shipbuilding College

$90 billion has been committed to build a strong, sustainable and innovative Australian naval shipbuilding industry to serve Australia’s naval defences, protect our maritime borders and create thousands of new jobs for decades to come. The Naval Shipbuilding Plan is a national endeavour involving all states and territories and will deliver enduring, long-term benefits for Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, workforce and national economy for generations to come. Discover how you can be part of Australia’s history-making Naval Shipbuilding Program and join the National Workforce Registry.

There is international demand for qualified graduates in the following areas:

  • Ship Building
  • Alternative energy
  • Marine survey
  • Statutory bodies
  • Military
  • Industrial process and power generation sectors.
Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Professional Recognition

Our long-standing links with industry ensure that our courses are relevant to you as a graduate while meeting the needs of employers and the broader maritime industry. Each AMC course is informed by an Industry Advisory Committee. Membership of the advisory committee includes industry leaders, associations and past graduates.

The Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) is professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, with the full five year re-accreditation awarded in 2015. Each BE(Spec)(Hons) specialisation addresses the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies for a Professional Engineer.

Graduates of the programme may be eligible for membership of:

  • Engineers Australia as Graduate Professional Engineer
  • As Australia’s preeminent body representing engineers from all disciplines, Engineers Australia is well-equipped to promote and support engineering in all its facets. Engineers Australia accredit the institutions that mould inquisitive students into inventive professionals.

  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over ninety countries.

  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • As a member, you become part of the only membership body in the world for marine engineers, scientists and technologists. You belong to a global group of marine professionals across over 120 countries. Our vast and dynamic network of members continuously shares and exchanges knowledge, ensuring that expertise remains strong in the marine sector and that we stay at the forefront of technological progress.

Course structure

This degree program is available to students who have completed years 1 and 2 in the Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) Honours at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.  Students continue to complete Year 3 and Year 4 requirements as described below.

The Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) requires the completion of 400 credit points comprising:

  • 300 credit points of Core units
  • 75 credit point Specialisation
  • 25 credit points of Electives

The Core units are compulsory for all students and consist of 8 units in Year 1 (100 credit points), 8 units in Year 2 (100 credit points), 3 units in Year 3 (37.5 credit points) and 5 units in Year 4 (inclusive of research project and design units) (62.5 credit points).

In Year 3, you will select your engineering Specialisation from the following: Marine and Offshore Engineering, Naval Architecture or Ocean Engineering. 6 specialist units (75 credit points) will be completed in Years 3 and 4.

In the Elective component you can choose from any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in.

Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from within or outside the College of Sciences and Engineering. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline as your major or related fields.

In addition to the 400 credit points, all engineering students must undertake 12 weeks of industrial experience, typically in the summer between your third and fourth year, via a work placement. You will enrol in the unit Engineering Professional Practice (0 credit points) and must receive an ungraded pass (UP) in this unit to be eligible to graduate.

We have a team of Course Information Officers available to help you structure your studies to meet your desired outcomes. For enrolment assistance please contact us via U Connect today.

Entry requirements

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $157,007 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $37,250 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.


Scholarships for domestic students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please refer to scholarships.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Scholarships for international students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information refer to Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS).

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