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Marine Autonomous Vehicles

Course Code: UFI0004, UXI0004

Level: 5
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two - three years

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About the course

Autonomous and robotic vehicles are the future of marine science. The ability to explore the most extreme oceanic environments including the ocean depths without the need for human operation allows scientists to explore the oceans in ways that were previously not possible.

The focus of this Foundation Degree in Marine Autonomous Vehicles will be to provide the future workforce for the blue-tech industries. However, with the free thinking and holistic approach provided, enabling students to innovate and develop new systems and methods, it is anticipated that there will be the opportunity for students to utilise their knowledge enabling them to become new start-up businesses in their own right.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following units:

  • engineering mathematics
  • engineering science
  • digital and analogue devices
  • applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • naval architecture
  • object orientated programming
  • fluids and CFD
  • advanced CAD and FEA (finite element analysis)
  • mechatronics
  • composite materials for the marine environment
  • software development
  • final project.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths and science, and one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • a level 3 qualification in mathematics
  • a level 3 qualification in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Should the entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may be able to progress onto the BSc (Hons) in Marine Autonomous Systems, which will also be run at City College Plymouth followed by the level 7 MSC at the University of Plymouth.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.