Maritime Engineering Majors - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Through a joint venture with Australian Maritime College (AMC), New Zealand students can now study maritime engineering in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

If you study maritime engineering, you start with two years of study at AUT and then transfer to the AMC in Tasmania for your final two years. You then specialise in marine and offshore engineering, naval architecture or ocean engineering. There is no other programme of this kind in New Zealand.

Maritime majors are only open to New Zealand citizens. Students are subject to Australian visa and fee requirements depending on their citizenship and residency status. New Zealand citizens are entitled to study in Australia on the same basis as Australian permanent residents. Most New Zealand citizens are eligible for student loans through StudyLink but you should check your eligibility with StudyLink.

Australian Maritime College website


This is part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You need to complete 120 points each year (480 points for the entire degree).

A minimum of 12 weeks of planned supervised work placement is required prior to graduation on top of successful completion of all your papers.

Year 1

Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year. These papers cover mathematics and computational techniques, as well as the communication and teamwork skills that are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Complete the following papers

Year 2

Complete the following papers

Year 3 and 4

You transfer to the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania for Year 3 and 4 where you study one of:

Marine and Offshore Engineering

Year 3

Covers a wide range of marine subjects such as mechanics, thermal energy, electrical powering systems.

Year 4

Apart from the year-long design and research project, you learn integrated process, applied control and maritime engineering design.

Naval Architecture

Year 3

Your study focuses on structural analysis, ship resistance, ship design and underwater vehicle technology.

Year 4

Apart from papers on advanced ship structures and computational fluid dynamics, your focus will be on a year-long design and research project.

Ocean Engineering

Year 3

You study aquaculture, concrete structures, deep water and finite element analysis.

Year 4

Covers coastal and subsea engineering as well as design of offshore structures. You also undertake a design and research project across the whole year.

Workplace experience

Workplace experience is a key component of the maritime engineering degree, and you gain exposure to the maritime industry in companies like:

  • Alloy Yachts
  • Babcock Engineering
  • Marine Industrial Design
  • Transfield Worley

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Maritime engineering is critical. Across the globe a web of offshore infrastructure supports the delivery of oil and gas supplies that power the world’s transportation. Maritime engineers keep these vital vessels and systems working.

Marine and Offshore Engineering

  • Industrial process and power generation sectors
  • Survey for government, class societies and insurance

Naval Architecture

  • Shipbuilding – cargo vessels, ferries, naval vessels, ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), sailing, power and mega-yachts

Ocean Engineering

  • Design, installation and management of offshore oil and gas installations
  • Renewable energy installations
  • Coastal engineering

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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.