Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Yacht Engineering

MEngSt (Yacht Engineering)

This programme provides advanced knowledge and research experience in topics related to yacht engineering in order to support research and development within the yachting industry.

The programme emphasises the aerodynamics and hydrodynamics of both powered and sailing craft, the consequent loads, stress analysis, structural materials, design and the associated manufacturing processes.

Quick facts - MEngSt (Yacht Engineering)
Points per degree 120
Full-time study One year (two semesters)
Applications close Semester One: 8 December
Semester Two: 4 July
2015 start dates Semester One:  2 March
Semster Two:  20 July
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Entry requirements


In order to be admitted to this programme you must have either:

  • Completed the requirements of a four-year Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from either a New Zealand or an overseas university with excellent grades (ie, with 1st or 2nd class honours).
  • Completed the requirements of an approved bachelors degree, at a level deemed satisfactory by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering and have at least three years relevant work experience in the yachting or marine industry.
     

Note: If you have a degree with significant engineering content, such as a Bachelor of Naval Architecture, then this may be considered equivalent to a Bachelor of Engineering for the purposes of entry to the Yacht Engineering specialisation, and advice should be sought from the Programme Convenor.

Generally entry to a masters degree requires the completion of a four-year bachelors degree with honours, but some accelerated three-year engineering honours programmes may be considered equivalent for the purposes of entry to the Yacht Engineering specialisation. Advice on particular degrees should be sought from the Programme Convenor.
 

Note: Students should refer to the following document before making an application.

 

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Who should apply?


This programme is aimed at engineers and marine professionals.  It will provide them with the necessary broad range of knowledge in the various technologies that underpin yacht design and performance.

 

Programme structure


 

This degree may be awarded with Honours in accordance with the General Regulations - Masters Degrees.

 

Programme outline


The following table illustrates the one-year programme design based on the set list of courses.

First Semester (March – June) Second Semester (July – November)
MECHENG 771 - Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics (15 points) MECHENG 774 - Small Craft Naval Architecture (15 points)
MECHENG 772 - Materials and Yacht Structures (15 points) MECHENG 711 - Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 points)
MECHENG 773 - Small Craft Design and Manufacturing (15 points)  
                                                       MECHENG 775 or 776 - Research Project (45 points)

 

Learning environment


The MEngSt in Yacht Engineering is taught by experienced researchers who have built the Yacht Research Unit into a world renowned research centre that carries out more wind tunnel testing of yacht sails than any other laboratory in the world.

It has worked with many America’s Cup syndicates over the past 20 years, and helped Team New Zealand bring the America’s Cup to New Zealand in 1995 by designing the world’s first Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel, which was used by Team New Zealand to develop superior sails. It has also carried out tests on the sails of the winning Volvo Round the World Yacht Race yachts over the past decade.

Students who enrol in the MEngSt in Yacht Engineering will be able to make use of the expertise and facilities available in the Yacht Research Unit.

More on the Yacht Research Unit
 

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Course list


Required courses
MECHENG 711 - Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 points)
The objective of this course is to equip engineers with the skills necessary to apply computational fluid dynamics methods to the solution of problems or the design of equipment involving fluid motion and/or energy transfer.
MECHENG 771 - Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics (15 points)
Sail aerodynamics, thin aerofoil and lifting line theories. Hydrodynamic forces and moments. Velocity prediction programmes. Experimental methods in wind tunnel and towing tank testing.
Restriction: MECHENG 412, 712
MECHENG 772 - Materials and Yacht Structures (15 points)
Steel, aluminium and composite materials, stress analysis, finite element methods, slamming loads.
Restriction: MECHENG 441, 743
MECHENG 773 - Small Craft Design and Manufacturing (15 points)
Hull and component design, CAD/CAM, manufacturing methods. System design, product specification and selection. Project Management. Regulatory bodies and rules.
MECHENG 774 - Small Craft Naval Architecture (15 points)
Hydrostatics and stability, sea keeping, manoeuvring, multi-degree of freedom systems, coupled motions, strip theory. Resistance components and scaling laws. Propulsion methods, propeller design, advanced marine vehicles including hydrofoils and jet propulsion.
Research project
MECHENG 775 A (15 points) - Yacht Engineering Project
MECHENG 775 B
(30 points)
Each student is required to complete an individual project and submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department. This is a piece of research carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 775 A and B.
Restriction: MECHENG 776
MECHENG 776 A (30 points) - Yacht Engineering Project
MECHENG 776 B (15 points)
Each student is required to complete an individual project and submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department. This is a piece of research carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. To complete this course students must enrol in MECHENG 776 A and B.
Restriction: MECHENG 775
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Graduate profile


Graduates of the MEngSt Yacht Engineering specialisation will be equipped with the technical, engineering, economic and regulatory knowledge required for innovation in the yacht engineering field.

It is expected that graduates from this programme will have the following attributes and skills:

  • An understanding of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, material properties, computational fluid dynamics, stress analysis, and design synthesis used in the yachting industry.
  • An understanding of manufacturing processes used in the yachting industry, so that they can aim for sustainability and safety in their designs.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of yachting technology to commercial situations.
  • High levels of critical analysis.
  • Synthesis of knowledge.
  • Problem solving.
  • Willingness to learn and continue to learn throughout life.
  • Computer technology skills.
  • Organisation and time management skills.
  • Independent judgement.
  • Effective oral and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team.

These graduates will fill a demand for these skills and knowledge, as identified by the marine industry.

 

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