Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

What Will You Learn?

Through its unique blend of technical courses, leadership development courses and ongoing professional development opportunities, the MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering will accelerate your career.

Deepen your technical skills

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


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; and
  • define retirement and design process and guide execution.

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.

Read more about the technical courses included within this program.

Develop as a leader

Strong leadership and business skills are essential for career success. As we developed this program, our industry partners told us that they were looking for engineers who combined sector-specific technical skills with strong leadership skills.

While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills.

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, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. 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

The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.

  1. Provide understanding of the ship’s interaction with the water, in the fields of hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, and ship dynamics
  1. Provide understanding of the ship’s structural demands and responses, through application of standard applied mechanics and structural design principles to the loading conditions found on ships
  1. Provide understanding of the architecture, design, and selection of ship machinery systems, including propulsion, electrical power generation, and auxiliary systems.
  1. Provide advanced leadership training required to oversee complex ship building, ship design, and ship procurement programs.
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