Faculty of Engineering

Yacht Engineering


Combine your passion for boat design with your proven technical ability, at the University which has specialised in performance yacht design for more than 25 years.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Yacht Engineering at The University of Auckland allows you to study at the university that has more alumni involved in America's Cup 34 than any other. These include legends of the cup such as:

  • Sir Russell Coutts, the skipper with the best winning record in modern America’s Cup history.
  • Mike Drummond, with more than 20 years America's Cup experience as design engineer, principal designer and navigator.
  • Tom Schnackenberg, the hugely respected designer.

And key people involved in the most recent event. Some examples:

  • Nick Holroyd, technical director for Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).
  • Burns Fallow, sail design coordinator for ETNZ.
  • Kevin Borrows, aerodynamic analyst and project manager for Oracle Team USA.
  • Chris Blake, who completed his masters with the University's Yacht Research Unit in 2009, and is now responsible for instruments, sensors and analysis at ETNZ.

We even have staff working for ETNZ!

The Master of Engineering Studies in Yacht Engineering is a small craft engineering degree which combines courses in materials, structures, naval architecture, boat design and manufacturing, computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamics/hydrodynamics, with practical research project work and field visits to leading boat building companies.

Our Faculty of Engineering also has a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • A Yacht Research Unit which has been involved in the design and testing of boats competing in the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean race and many other regattas since its inception in 1987.
  • Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel.
  • Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel.
  • Centre for Advanced Composite Materials.
  • Light Metals Research Centre.

You will also have the opportunity to work alongside researchers with associated interests such as polymers, coatings, dynamic positioning and embedded systems.

With the highest boat ownership per capita in the world, Auckland offers a unique environment where you can put your ideas into practice on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf, an iconic boating venue, which begins right at the heart of the city.

International students are made particularly welcome and we currently have more than 5000 studying with us.

So, come and study Yacht Engineering at a university ranked in the top 1% in the world, located in a world-class boating mecca!