The  Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours) requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and is offered as part of a collaborative agreement between Flinders University and the University of Tasmania. 

The first two years of the award will be undertaken at Flinders University.  Students will then transfer to the Australian Maritime College in Launceston (part of the University of Tasmania) for two years to complete their award. At the end of the second year, on transition to the University of Tasmania, students will be required to choose one of the three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) (Honours)

The award will be conferred by the University of Tasmania.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Under the existing SACE - Successful completion of any of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12), Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods or equivalent International Baccalaureate subjects is normally required for entry. Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics is assumed.

This course may involve practical work on board a maritime vessel. It is an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requirement that students undertake a medical assessment and have a valid Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) Certificate prior to going to sea. This certificate will be arranged during the first two years of study.

Course aims

The Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours) has been developed to serve the needs of the Australian maritime industries by providing professional engineers specifically educated in the field. The collaboration between Flinders University and the AMC makes use of the strengths of the two institutions including the AMC's uniquely maritime focus and its wide variety of specialist facilities to produce graduates with a strong "hands on" approach to complement their theoretical studies. Graduates of this award will ensure that Australia stays at the forefront of worldwide maritime technology.

Learning outcomes

The course prepares students for careers in one of three areas:

  • Marine and Offshore Engineering - the selection, deployment and commissioning of machinery, machinery systems and operational systems for merchant and naval vessels plus offshore floating and fixed vessels/structures. Building on core fundamental engineering units, this degree specialises in associated mechanical and mechanical-electrical power generation, machinery and operational systems.
  • Naval Architecture - the shipbuilding industry, high-speed ferry industry, marine consultancy firms and in government in areas of commercial shipping, transport policy and administration and in the insurance sector. A particular focus of the award for South Australian entrants will be on the developing naval industry in Adelaide.
  • Ocean Engineering - the design, construction, installation and management of offshore fixed, floating, subsea and coastal structures.  The degree integrates a core set of fundamental engineering units which focus on wave mechanics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and dynamics of offshore and subsea structures and coastal technologies.

On completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering) (Honours), the Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)(Honours) students will be eligible for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program of study

To qualify for The Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering) (Honours), The Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) (Honours) or The Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)(Honours) a student must complete 144 units (72 units at Flinders) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Subject to passing all first and second year topics, students are guaranteed transfer to the University of Tasmania to complete the remaining two years of their program. Any requests for transfer under different circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR1201  Electronics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1711  Engineering Design  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1721  Engineering Programming  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1722  Engineering Physics and Materials  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1732  Engineering Mechanics  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2703 Mechanical Practice Certificate (0 units)
 ENGR2711 Engineering Mathematics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2722 Analysis of Engineering Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR2741 Mechanics and Structures (4.5 units)
 ENGR2751 Fluid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2771 Dynamics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2776 Hydrostatics (4.5 units)
 ENGR3712 Thermodynamics and Energy Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3781 Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) Certificate (0 units)

Plus one of (see note 1)

 ENGR2766 Ship Design and Construction (4.5 units)
 ENGR2768 Offshore Engineering (4.5 units)

Year 3 and 4

Students will take Third and Fourth Year at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania and will follow the appropriate program of study outlined on the University of Tasmania website.



  1. Students planning to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)(Honours) should select ENGR2766 Ship Design and Construction. Students planning to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)(Honours) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)(Honours) should select ENGR2768 Offshore Engineering.