New naval architecture degree offered in Canberra

The Defence department is supporting Australia’s deepening naval shipbuilding industry through a new Naval Architecture programme at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra.

The new programme will commence in 2022 and see up to 15 Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) students undertake a specialised stream of courses in their third and fourth year of study.

Defence minister Linda Reynolds said naval shipbuilding was a key defence priority.

She said: “UNSW Canberra’s co-location with the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) makes it the ideal place to prepare young Australians for future work in our shipbuilding industry.”

Naval architecture is a specialist engineering role working at the forefront of high technology areas to design, develop, evaluate and calculate complex data to enable Navy vessels to operate effectively in a range of maritime environments.

Those interested in a career in naval architecture and who are looking to commence university in 2021, can to enter the specialisation in their third year of study in 2023.

Existing UNSW Canberra students entering their third-year of Mechanical Engineering in 2022 will be provided an opportunity to transfer into the specialisation.

The Naval Architecture programme will graduate its first cohort in 2023.

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