Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Course Information

The MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering is a 12-month, full-time program starting in January.


Winter term: January to April

NAME 522: Ship Production & Industrial Engineering
This course covers topics on build strategy, shipyard layout and equipment, manufacturing techniques, outfitting and painting techniques, material properties, corrosion, welding, fatigue and composite materials.

NAME 566: Ship Dynamics & Control
Student will develop skills and understanding in equations of motion, ocean wave spectrums, response amplitude operators, seakeeping, manoeuvring, stability and dynamic positioning.

APPP 501: Project Management & Leadership
Develop skills for leading complex multidisciplinary projects by using management processes that include: project management frameworks, standards, planning, scheduling and estimating, communication, and risk management. Case studies in industry-relevant project management will be incorporated into the course. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership
Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences
Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.

Summer term: May to August

APSC 412: Grad Co-op (at Employer or Mandatory Industry Project)*
This is a supervised, technical work experience in an approved company or organization for 12 weeks. Students are required to submit a technical report at the end of their co-op work experience. Grad Co-op is restricted to those students who meet the requirements of the Faculty of Applied Science, Co-operative Education Program.

*Students are able to choose between participating in a Grad Co-op or e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program. Students will be requested to make their choice within the first weeks of the first semester of the program.

e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program (Optional) – May, June & July*
e@UBC provides real-world hands-on sessions for the UBC community that accelerate the growth of new ventures at all stages of development. The Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program will help teams with innovative venture ideas greatly improve the odds of building a successful venture. Participants will apply an evidence-based approach to developing their new venture by generating business model hypotheses, testing those with end users and others in the ecosystem, and validating, eliminating or pivoting hypotheses. The ultimate outcome is a validated business model – the most critical initial step in the start-up journey. Only five highly sought-after team spots are held for MEL/MHLP students. Interested students must (on their own time) form their team, decide on their venture idea and apply as a team by mid-April.

*Students are able to choose between participating in a Grad Co-op or e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program.

Fall term: September to December

NAME 578: Marine Engineering
This course examines marine propulsion systems, ship engines, shafting, ship vibrations, on-board systems (piping, HVAC, electrical) and advanced propulsion systems.

NAME 591: Computer-Aided Ship Design Project
This design project gives students experience in the preliminary design of a special-purpose ship. Students work individually and in teams, using advanced design software and databases, to design a vessel according to specified criteria.

MECH 488: Intro to Ship Hydrodynamics
This course covers ship terminology, lines plans, ship hydrostatics, transverse and longitudinal stability of ships, dimensional analysis, ship resistance prediction, ship propulsion methods and propeller selection and design.

CIVL 437: Intro to Ship Structures
This course explores the theory and practice of ship structural design, including the longitudinal and transverse strength of hull girders, plates and shells, matrix analysis, introduction to classification society rules, ship section design synthesis and finite element analysis.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership
This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Sauder Business Course
Students can choose a Sauder business course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest.

Options include (subject to change):

BA580B – 201: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations.

BASC 550: Operations and Logistics
This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.

BAMA 505-001: Business Development
This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.

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Application Deadlines

January 2018 intake:
International students: Closed
Domestic students (incl. US citizens): October 30, 2017

How to Apply