Master's degree programme, 2 years, Ålesund

Product and System Design

– Job prospects

There is nothing more global than maritime activities, and specialists in maritime systems and operations have the world as a workplace. Students that are already employed by a company, can work on tasks initiated by the industry through the study. This way, linking the relevant challenges from business to theory, NTNU in Alesund will put you in touch with the maritime industry.

The program focuses on the design and simulation of large complex maritime structures, including ships, ship equipment and other maritime related systems. The students will be challenged in developing new solutions that are safe, environmentally friendly and efficient. The study is closely linked to NTNU in Aalesund's R&D activities on simulation and visualisation of vessel behaviour and marine operations, and it is divided in three specializations. 

The product, mechatronics and machinery systems course teaches advanced systems that include robots, cranes and winches used in deck operations, which address the complex interactions between operators.
It concentrates on the maritime operations that the ship is performing, by simulating these operations in order to design the required maritime systems in the most efficient way. Environmental requirements aiming for zero emissions present enormous challenges for new machinery and propulsion systems. New technology, advanced vessels, operational systems, and the innovative use of materials are combined in meeting today’s strict economic and environmental requirements.

Part of the program combines theory and practice by letting students work in the nearby maritime companies. The maritime cluster around Aalesund is among the most complete in the World, and Norwegian maritime enterprises together form an internationally competitive, expertise-based industry that comprises an unrivalled degree of professionalism. The student is expected to acquire skills and attitudes to act efficiently within the international offshore industry with the design of maritime products and systems.

As a graduate in this program the student can look forward to working with challenges connected to the design, simulation and operation of maritime systems, meeting both the strict economic requirements and the environmental goals aiming for low emission. The student will be able to use and develop the next generation of simulation and visualization technologies for the design of offshore and maritime operations.