Marine Engineering

A ship requires various types of machinery and systems to properly perform its functions. Such systems include propulsion systems, power generators, pump-flow systems, heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems, etc. These onboard machinery and instrumentation systems must be integrated into an efficient overall system for effective control.

Course Features

What You Will Learn

Design, optimisation and analysis of ships and offshore energy systems

Design, run and maintenance of diesel-engine/ gas-turbine systems, and auxiliaries

Condition monitoring, fault diagnosis, and repair of all onboard ship equipment

Modelling, simulation and successful implementation of onboard integrated systems

Selection of appropriate power generators, auxiliary systems, and mechatronics

Entry Requirements

Graduates from NUC and COREN Accredited University programmes (in Nigeria) or highly recognized/rated foreign University who also satisfy the following conditions are eligible to apply for admission:

  • A Bachelor degree with a First Class or Second Class Upper Division with a CGPA of not lower than 3.5 on a 5-point Scale/System.
  • The degree must be in any of the following engineering disciplines:
    • Marine Engineering
    • Naval Architecture
    • Offshore/Subsea Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
  • School certificate/GCE/SSCE ‘O’ level with credit in five subjects not more than two sittings that must include the following.
    • English Language
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Discharge Certificate (For Nigerians).
Course Overview

The master’s degree is a 36-unit program. Students will complete 9 units of core courses and 15 units of electives and a 12-unit research project. At least 21 units of study must be taken from courses taught by the University of Adelaide. Link to course overview

The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

Course Features
S/No Course Code Course Title Credit Level
1 CEG 801 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 4
2 CEG 802 Numerical Analysis and Computer Programming 3
3 CEG 803 CAD in Marine and Offshore Engineering 2
4 CEG 804 Experimental Methods in Marine and Offshore Engineering 2
5 CEG 805 Marine Robotics 2
6 CEG 806 Reliability and Safety of Marine and Offshore Systems 2
7 CEG 807 Materials, Welding and Fabrication 2
8 CEG 808 Marine Hydromechanics and Environment 2
9 CEG 809 Environmental Science & Management 2
10 CEG 811 Maritime Safety and GIS Applications 2
11 CEG 812 Introduction to Naval Architecture 1
12 CEG 813 Marine Engines & Auxiliary Machineries 1
13 CEG 814 Ship Design & Construction 1
14 CEG 815 Ship Power Plants 1
15 CEG 820 Seminar 1
16 CEM 812 Advanced Thermodynamics 3
17 CEM 813 Advanced Marine Engines and Power Plants 3
18 CEM 814 Advanced Ship Propulsion 2
19 CEM 815 Marine Electrical Control and Navigational Systems 3
20 CEM 816 Advanced Ship Energy Management Systems 2
21 CEM 817 Rotating Machineries and Rotor Dynamics 2
22 CEN 812 Advanced Ship Design and Construction 3
23 CEG 821 Leadership & Self Development Lecture Series 1
Programme Structure

The programmes are designed to cover a period of eighteen (18) months that includes six (6) months of internship geared towards executing a practical research project in an offshore oil and Gas Exploration and Production Company. Each programme consists of fourteen (14) general courses (which are common to all three programmes/options) and a set of seven (7) specialized courses. Courses are divided into modules with each course consisting of one (1) module or more. Course modules will be taken one at a time and each module consisting of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory exercises shall be delivered over 40 hours, mostly (Monday to Friday). Continuous Assessment Tests shall be delivered at the completion of each module.


The goal of the programme is to provide a postgraduate/Master’s degree level training that will enable graduates effectively perform high level marine and offshore engineering functions and related/associated tasks as well as in other allied engineering disciplines. The training is tailored towards developing the intellectual capacity as well the essential skills required of an engineer to carry out general and specific specialists’ functions in the following areas of activity: The general functions include;

  1. Planning, Design, Construction/Installation, and Operation and Maintenance of various types of Marine Crafts, Offshore and Subsea Structures and Systems.
  2. Application of Scientific and Engineering/Technical knowledge and skills to provide practical solutions for safe and cost effective means of responsibly exploiting ocean resources.
  3. Inventing/Creating/Devising means of overcoming natural and man-made challenges in the maritime space/environment.
  4. Use of Scientific methods/techniques for the optimal management of resources


Specific tasks include;

  1. Work in technical teams to carry out techno-economic analysis of new projects as well as upgrading/expansion and revamping of existing facilities
  2. Carry out high level engineering tasks in specialized marine systems design projects
  3. Participate as technical specialist in execution of marine and offshore equipment and facilities construction/installation.
  4. Carry out various levels of technical and management functions in the operation and maintenance of marine and offshore equipment and facilities.
  5. Plan and participate in training and other skills development activities
  6. Liaise with quality and safety assurance, s well as statutory agencies in
  7. Perform collaborative functions between different fields of specialization within an organization and also with external bodies.


Employment and Career development opportunities for these functions are available in the following companies/establishments:

  • Oil and Gas Exploration, Production and Transportation Companies
  • Shipyards and Marine/Offshore Equipment and Facilities Construction/Installation Operation and Maintenance Companies
  • Classification Societies and other Quality and Safety Assurance Agencies
  • Educational and Research Institutions
  • Government and Maritime Agencies
  • Marine Equipment Manufacturing Companies
  • Consultancy Services Companies
  • The Navy

The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake onwards. There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified marine engineers and therefore the job prospects in this industry are good.

Accreditation and Afflicts

The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

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