Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Program Goals

MEL’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program deepens participants’ understanding of the interaction of ships with water via hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and ship dynamics.The structural demands and responses of ships are examined through application of applied mechanics and structural design principles.

See the big picture

The project-based curriculum covers all stages of the industry value chain. Graduates will explore advanced engineering theories, interdisciplinary knowledge and real-world applications.


Deepen your technical skills

UBC’s Vancouver campus offers a strategic coastal setting and state-of-the-art research and learning facilities. Program faculty members also maintain vigorous links to the regional marine industry. While working in collaboration with faculty and industry experts, you will graduate from this program with the ability to:

  • translate client requirements into practical technical specifications
  • convert technical specifications into realizable products
  • guide the process with technical tools, such as sequencing, blocks and integration;
  • optimize operations (in terms of route, speed, course, safety, machinery, maintenance, etc.)
  • define engineering requirements and design solutions, and guide execution of mid-life events
  • define retirement and design process and guide execution

Develop as a leader

In the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program, you will complete courses on project management, organizational leadership, analytics for applied sciences, business acumen for technical leaders, and sustainability and leadership. These classes will empower you to:

  • effectively deliver multidisciplinary projects and operational results
  • use data for technical and business decision-making
  • understand the critical components of how business works
  • take on increasingly complex and high-profile leadership positions within organizations

Sharpen your business skills

Professional development workshops provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs. These extra-curricular sessions cover topics such as:

  • giving and receiving feedback
  • learning how to deliver a successful pitch
  • mastering meeting and email etiquette
  • assessing and coaching others
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