Naval Architecture

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Naval Architecture

Master of Science in Naval Architecture

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  • MasterFull time, 2 years
  • Location Ålesund
  • Requirements See Admission
  • Max. places See Admission
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Apply before1. March *(varies, see admissions)
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Design solutions for ocean cleanup

Plastic pollution in our ocean is a global problem. Did you know that the oceans around NTNU in Ålesund is the most plastic polluted area in Norway? Let's start here.

Join a young and exciting group of the next generation engineers that will develop an autonomous system for clearing the ocean and take a master's degree in technology at the same time.

This is a unique and practical master's programme where you get to work in close collaboration with a customer and the supplier industry to build a full-scale prototype.

In this master's programme, you get to solve actual engineering problems for a real prototype product. You get to address a challenge in our society and solve all engineering tasks from designing the hull to ensure that the collected plastic is recycled.

You will be part of a project group with a given engineering domain based on your interests. The project works closely with a customer and the supplier industry to adapt existing technology, develop new solutions, and integrate everything. You don't get any closer to entrepreneurship and working life.

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Engineers with a master in naval architecture have the world as their workplace. You get to work with the major challenges the oceans are facing today, and maybe you find a piece in the puzzle for cleaner and healthier oceans.

You can work in all engineering domains related to maritime technology. Jobs range within design, engineering, operations, maintenance as well as management, finance, insurance and governments.

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As a student on this master's program, you will be part of a tight-knit, welcoming and international study environment. 

Naval Architecture students is part of the student organisation Sigma. Sigma organises social and professional activities throughout the academic year - they also have their own sailboat.

Studying in Ålesund will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords.

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You can either take this master's degree programme as a discipline oriented master degree (120 ECTS) over two years or as an experience-based master degree (90 ECTS) over one and a half years.

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Discipline oriented master's degree in Naval Architecture - 120 ECTS

Bachelor in ship design, naval architecture, marine technology or equivalent, including at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics.

Experience-based master's degree in Naval Architecture - 90 ECTS

Bachelor in ship design, naval architecture, marine technology or equivalent, including at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics. Two years documented, relevant experience in product development, engineering and design.


The master's programme is open to both international and Norwegian students.

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We can help you with your study plan, compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines and other general questions about the programme of study.

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UN Sustainable development goals


UN Sustainable development goals

A considerable amount of the World’s transportation is via waterways. On Naval Architecture you learn how to design and develop ships for the future, for a better environment both below and above the sea surface.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable and clean energy. Link to Sustainable Development goal 7.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 - industries, innovation and infrastructure. Link to Sustainable Development goal 9.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production. Link to Sustainable Development goal 12.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life below water. Link to Sustainable Development goal 14.