World-Class Marine School

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NEWCASTLE University's School of Marine Science and Technology is the largest and broadestbased marine school of its kind in Europe.

Enjoying a substantial international reputation, it covers the fields of marine engineering, marine biology, naval architecture, offshore engineering, coastal management and small craft technology.

As the first school in a UK university to provide a single base for all education, innovation and research related to the sea, activities embrace teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and extend to research as well as services and training to business and industry. Research groups are actively involved in industrial partnerships, which take advantage of the interdisciplinary expertise available in the school.

Current research activities include: algae biofuels, ballast water treatment, wind and tidal energy, anti-fouling and maritime logistics.

Research and teaching are supported by extensive specialist facilities on the main campus, including the UK's only operational cavitation tunnel as well as a unique wind wave current tank designed to simulate these sea states individually or simultaneously.

Key applications are in the renewable energy field, where model testing is seen as a key contributor to reducing risk in the product development process.

The facilities are complemented by the Dove Marine Laboratory located nearby on the coast, and will be supported by a brand new seagoing research vessel, an 18m catamaran designed in-house and currently under construction in Blyth.

All undergraduate degrees are a mixture of lectures with small group tutorials, combined with laboratory and field classes as well as boat work aboard the research vessel. …