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Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours)

Course code W91

Offered in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, Tasmania, this specialist engineering course will guide you towards a thriving career in the maritime industry.

Through this course the students focus on one of the three maritime industry specialisations: Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, or Marine and Offshore Engineering. Marine and Offshore engineers are involved with the design, manufacture, deployment and commissioning of systems associated with the marine and offshore oil and gas industries. Naval architects are professional engineers who design and oversee the construction and repair of marine craft and various offshore structures. Ocean engineers are involved in the design of offshore structures such as oil and gas platforms or subsea pipelines, as well as the wide range of infrastructure associated with the ports and harbour facilities and submersible vehicles required to service them.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

80 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code



Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,300

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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time


This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code



See Fees and Scholarships for further information.


4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR or Chemistry ATAR or Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.
    It is desirable that all applicants have Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents considered, students without Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR may need to take a bridging unit in the first year of their studies.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Available for early offer

Year 12 students with a predicted ATAR or completing a Cert IV or a university enabling course can now apply for an early offer of a place on this course.

How to apply

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 32 units (16 units are AMC units) and 12-weeks approved work experience.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT1250Mathematics 115
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
ENS2190Introduction to Maritime Science, Engineering and Technology15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
ENS2110Materials and Manufacturing 215
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15

Note: In general, all units in the first two years must be completed successfully before transfer to AMC can be approved.

Years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4 of this course are provided by the University of Tasmania (Australian Maritime College) in Launceston, Tasmania. For details of the following units, please consult the UTAS handbook which can be found online at:

AMC Units


JEE332 Analysis of Machines and Structures

JEE350 Finite Element Analysis

JEE358 Bluefin: Maritime Engineering

JEE418 Research Project (Part 1/2)

JEE419 Research Project (Part 2/2)

JEE421 Design Project (Part 1/2)

JEE422 Design Project (Part 2/2)

JEE480 Applied Computational Fluid mechanics


2 x elective units chosen in consultation with the AMC Coordinator



JEE306 Applied Ocean Wave Mechanics

JEE320 Applied Offshore Structural Engineering

JEE337 Hydrodynamics

JEE359 Design of Floating Offshore Structures

JEE402 Design of Coastal Engineering Structures

JEE492 Special Topics in Ocean Engineering


JEE329 Seakeeping and Manoeuvring

JEE333 Resistance and Propulsion

JEE335 Applied Ship Design

JEE337 Hydrodynamics

JEE416 Advanced Maritime Structures

JEE491 Underwater Vehicle Technology


JEE344 Maritime Automation

JEE360 Maritime Systems

JEE361 Design of Offshore Systems

JEE362 Marine Electrical Powering and Systems

JEE483 Maritime Engineering Design

JEE489 Reliability Engineering


For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • The first two years of this course are studied at ECU's Joondalup Campus. The final two years are delivered at the University of Tasmania's Australian Maritime College in Launceston. Students will be required to relocate to Launceston for this latter portion of the course.

  • Students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks practical work experience in an engineering industry environment. This will normally be undertaken during a vacation period.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the maritime engineering discipline.
  2. Think critically and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex maritime engineering problem solving.
  3. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage maritime engineering projects with some intellectual independence.
  4. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer information sciences which underpin the maritime engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  5. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.

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Fees and Scholarships

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  • AUD $7,300 - Commonwealth supported estimated 1st year indicative fee 1

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course will have the capability to work in many areas in the maritime industry. Marine and Offshore engineers will be able to work in areas such as engineering alternative marine power systems, or improving crude oil extraction to reduce emissions while maximising yield. Marine and offshore engineers have strong employment opportunities in many sectors of industry including oil and gas, ship building, alternative energy, marine survey, defence, industrial process, power generation, and consulting. Graduates can also apply for any suitable position open to mechanical engineers. Ocean engineers have strong employment opportunities in many sectors of industry including oil and gas, alternative energy, coastal engineering, underwater vehicles, port and harbour design, defence, and consulting. Graduates can also apply for any suitable position open to structural engineers.Naval architects are in demand in companies that design and build leisure craft, and sailing and power yachts. Many of the vessels of the Royal Australian Navy deployed in the defence of the nation have been built in Australian yards with considerable Australian design input; these include patrol boats, mine hunters, frigates and submarines. Naval architects also have career opportunities in other sectors of the marine industry including oil and gas, marine surveying, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Oil and Gas Engineer, Naval Engineer, Process Engineer, Offshore Energy Engineer, Marine Surveyor, Mechanical Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Naval Architect, Submersible Vehicle Engineer, Coastal Engineer

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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