Overview top

South Tyneside College offers a B Eng and B Eng (Hons) degree in Marine Engineering, validated by Sunderland University. This programme is a top-up degree course that has been designed to enable certificated marine engineers to achieve the academic standard of a degree qualification.

Course structure: B Eng Degree Programme: Two semesters each of 15 weeks duration. B Eng (Honours) Degree Programme: A further 15 week semester. It is recognised that some students will need to defer progression from semester 1 to semester 2 and/or semester 2 to semester 3 to return to their employment. In such cases the BEng should normally be completed within a three-year period and the BEng (Hons) within a four-year period.

Entry Requirements top

Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering (recognised by the UK MNTB) with the majority of Units at Merit and/or Distinction grade or equivalent


(If your HND was gained after 2011 it will be a requirement that you study our advanced mathematics distance learning course (mainly calculus) and take the associated assessment. Passing this assessment is a condition of acceptance onto the course)




Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering from South Tyneside College or from any other UK institution (Entry with this qualification may exempt the student from Semester 1: therefore an ordinary degree can be attained by studying Semester 2 only; an Honours degree requires Semester 3 in addition)




Class One Certificate of Competency recognised by the UK MCA


Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.


Students who do not have English as their first language should have a score of 5.5 on all four parts of the IELTS.

Assessment top

Applied Mechanics STC 200

Stress and strain; Plane kinematics of rigid bodies and mechanisms - fixed and moving frames of reference; Gear systems: The dynamics of machinery; Vibrations - analysis of free and forced damped vibration of single degree. (Linear and torsional)

Assessment: 70% Formal examination / 30% coursework

Energy Conversion Systems STC 201

Model and prototype testing; Second law of thermodynamics; Thermochemistry; Mixtures of ideal gases; Introduction to compressible flow; Heat transfer - gas and diesel power cycles; Psychometry - gas/vapour mixtures, energy release, adiabatic flame temperature.

Assessment: 70% Formal examination / 30% coursework

Further Mathematical Skills for Engineers STC 264

Laplace transforms, Heaviside Functions linear differential equations; Matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, matrix forms of linear differential equations; Fourier series, partial differential equations.

Assessment: 70% Formal examination/ 30% coursework

Energy Management and Efficiency STC 301

Vapour power cycles. Energy economics. Design parameters for steam condensers and cooling towers. Design of complete air conditioning systems. Refrigeration and heat pump cycles. Fluid mechanics of rotodynamic machines. Gas turbine cycle analysis. Combined heat and power concepts, dual cycles and pinch technology. Hydraulic systems and lubrication. Heat transfer during phase changes. Radiation effect in furnace design.

Assessment: 70% Formal Examination /30% Coursework

Marine Engineering Management, Law and Society STC 302

Social and economic factors relevant to marine engineering. Professional codes. Health and safety and employment law. Control of noxious products. Marine law, IMO, MARPOL, SOLAS, STCW95. Personnel, budgetary and project management.

Assessment: 100% coursework

Marine Electrical power systems and Control STC 303

A.C and D.C circuit analysis; circuit testing, marine electrical power systems. Power distribution. Circuit protection. Analysis and control of electrical propulsion systems.

Assessment: 70% Formal examination / 30% Coursework

Naval Architecture STC 304

Ship stability, ship resistance. Propulsion and hull design. Sea waves and wave generation, statistical representation. Loading, static and wave bending moments stresses and deflections, effect of superstructures. Ship motion in waves hull vibration.

Assessment: 70% Formal examination /30% Coursework

Marine Control and Computer Systems STC 305

inear and non-linear systems modelling; Lumped parameter systems, Controllers, tuning methods, applications of computers in ship control systems. Distributed systems, frequency response, root locus, non linear design methods.

Assessment: 70% Formal examination /30% Coursework

Material Engineering STC 306

Primary and secondary bonding. Solid solutions. Thermal equilibrium diagrams. Isothermal transformations. Welding and the H.A.Z Fatigue mechanism. Polymers and ceramics.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Marine Propulsion Design STC 310

Design criteria of: main and auxiliary diesel engines, boilers,steam turbines, gas turbines, electrical propulsion systems and shafting systems. The emphasis of this unit is on the part-design utilising mini-projects. Formal inspection utilising Marine Classification rules and procedures.

Assessment: 80% Mini-projects / 20%

Formal Survey Report Further Mechanics STC 311

Advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. Matrix methods, Holtsers method and Rayleighs principle for thermal, stress and fracture mechanics assessments. Condition monitoring; vibration and acoustic emission.

Assessment: 100% Coursework Project

STC 312

Major independent project of students choice, Investigating a process or product, with a strong emphasis on engineering.

Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Assessment Assessment is through both formal examination and coursework.

Dates & Fees

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