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MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM+)


Application deadline

  • Non-EU/non-EEA students: 1 February
  • EU/EEA/Swiss students: 1 February
  • Norwegian/Nordic students: 1 February

There is no tuition fees for this master's degree programme.

 The application portal opens in the middle of October.

Specific programme requirements

  1. Applicants must hold a BSc degree in Coastal-, Civil-, Ocean- or Environmental Engineering; or BSc degree in Marine sciences, Earth sciences, Oceanography, Environmental sciences. The degree should comprise a minimum of 180 ECTS. You must have a minimum of 30 ECTS in mathematics/statistics in your BSc degree. 
  2. Proof of English proficiency (see below)
  3. A minimum requirement for admission to this programme is the grade C or better on the ECTS scale.

If a candidate is in the process of obtaining their Bachelor degree and will finish before the start-up date, then they can apply for admission by including a letter from the university confirming the anticipated date of completion of the degree. Assessment is then based on transcripts and detailed information about their curriculum. For applicants awaiting the final awarding of their BSc degree, admission will be conditional.

Motivational statement

Applicants must write a clear and Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM+) relevant motivation statement (1000 words max.) explaining why the applicant would be a good participant in the programme and include: 1) academic and personal motivation; 2) relevant background skills and abilities; and 3) which aspects of the CoMEM+ curriculum appeals to them.

Application procedures

Application procedures

There is no tuition fees for this master's degree programme.

Make sure you meet all the programme specific requirements listed above.

Make sure you are applying before the application deadline.

Required documents

Your application will be automatically rejected if you have not uploaded all required documents within the deadline. Please make sure to name your documents according to the list below. Do not upload additional documents that are not listed below. Unnamed documents or excessive amounts of documents may delay or invalidate your application. All documents must be uploaded as PDFs (.pdf).

  1. Passport
    The pages of your passport showing your photo, your full name, your date of birth and your nationality. 
    • If applicable, documentation of change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)
    • The name in the passport must match the name stated in your application
  2. Documentation of funding
    Applicants will:
    • Step 1: be screened for background and total scoring for eligibility and acceptance to participate in the programme. 
    • Step 2: applicants accepted to the programme will then automatically be evaluated for a scholarship. Applicants selected for a scholarship will be informed that they are accepted and awarded a scholarship.
    • Step 3: applicants accepted but not awarded a scholarship will be checked if they have submitted confirmation that they have sufficient means to acquire a visa according to the Norwegian requirements. If the documentation is OK then these applicants will receive notice that they are accepted to the programme, on the reserve list for a scholarship and invited to participate as a self-funded student.
    • Step 4: applicants accepted to the programme but not awarded a scholarship and not submitted confirmation of sufficient means to acquire a Norwegian visa and participate as a self-funded student will receive notice that they are on the reserve list and that their participation is pending on if an a scholarship becomes available so we can award it to an applicant on the reserve list.  

Only citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA need to document funding. This document cannot be dated before 1 September in the year of the application.  

  • If you currently posesss a Norwegian residence permit which will remain valid for the next academic year, please upload this instead and name it ‘Residence card
  1. Upper Secondary School grade transcript or diploma 
  2. Official transcripts and official diplomas of all your college/university education  
    • Students from selected countries will need to arrange for physical copies of their transcripts to be sent directly from their university to NTNU (see more info below)  
    • Transcripts must be uploaded to your application online, even if you have sent us a physical copy by post.
    • If you have not yet completed your degree, please see the FAQ
  3. English language documentation English language tests (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson) should not be older than two years at time of the application deadline.
    • English proficiency tests must be uploaded to your application online, even if you have sent us a hard copy by post  
  4. Letters of recommendation
    Two in English: one from an official at the faculty from which the diploma has obtained or will be obtained before the start of the programme; one from an employer or official, e.g. the supervisor of the BSc thesis.
  5. Motivation statement
    The statement should explain why you would be a good participant in the CoMEM+ MSc programme and include: a) academic and personal motivation; and b) relevant skills and abilities.
  6. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  7. Verification reports of educational documents (bachelor’s/undergraduate diplomas)This only applies to applicants with a first degree from China or Pakistan: 
    • Applicants who have a first degree from China must submit an application to CHESICC.  The document must be uploaded to Søknadsweb or sent by email to NTNU.  
    • Applicants who have a first degree from Pakistan must submit an application to HEC. Once the transcripts and diplomas have a HEC stamp, they must be uploaded to Søknadsweb or sent by email to NTNU. 
  8. Applicants with special needs: Applicants with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other applicants. However, we need to know in advance if you require any additional support during your studies. Please upload a document with a short description of your disability to Søknadsweb. 

Documents that are not originally in English or a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish or Swedish), must be accompanied by an authorized translation of the original document into English.

Documents to be sent as hard copies by post 

Bachelor’s/undergraduate transcripts:

  • Applicants with degrees from Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, Uganda and the USA must send their bachelor’s transcripts as hard copies directly from the relevant college/university, in addition to uploading them online.

  • We accept verified digital copies sent directly from universities in USA and Canada.

  • We will not answer requests by e-mail or elsewhere for individual confirmations of whether we have received documents sent by mail. Check with your courier/postal service to see if the package has been delivered. If your courier's tracking service lists the package as 'Delivered', it has been received by an NTNU Office of International Relations employee and will be processed. As long as documents are mailed by December 15th, and this can be certified with a receipt, you need not worry.

  • If you applied for a degree at NTNU last year and are applying again this year, you do not need to re-send physical copies of documentation.

Any hard copies of transcripts or English tests sent to NTNU by post must also be uploaded with your application by the deadline for your application to be considered.

To send hard copies to NTNU, please use the following address: 

"NTNU - Academic Administrative Division"
Admissions Office
Postboks 8900 Torgarden
7491 Trondheim

If documents are sent by express delivery services (such as DHL or FedEx), the following address must be used:

NTNU Admissions/Opptak
S. P. Andersens veg 11
7031 Trondheim

Presenting original documents upon arrival:  
Students who have been admitted to NTNU must bring original documents and present them upon request. NTNU preserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission in the event that a student fails to present original documents upon arrival.   

If you have successfully followed step 1 - 3, you can proceed to the application portal

  1. Go to the application portal Søknadsweb.
  2. Select language in the top right-hand corner where it says "Norsk bokmål".
  3. Click on "International Applicant".
  4. Click on "Register new international applicant". 
  5. Answer the question regarding your English qualifications.
  6. Answer the question regarding residence permit in Norway.
  7. Answer the question concerning funding.
  8. You have now reached the application form. Please register as an applicant, and you will receive your password by e-mail. Make sure to register with your full name (First, middle and last names), as it appears in your passport. Please note that 'Given names' are your first and middle names. 'Surname' is your family name.
  9. Log on to Søknadsweb with your e-mail address and password, and fill in the application details.
  10. If you are applying to one of NTNUs scholarship programmes, please state this in the "other information" box. 
  11. As the final step of the application process, you will be asked to submit the required documentation. Upload all the required documents and make sure they have the correct format (.pdf). 
  12. Please note that there is no "submit"-button. Your application is saved automatically after each alteration.
  13. You can change your application as many times as you like up until the deadline.

Submitting multiple applications

Please do not register as an ‘international applicant' more than once. If you wish to submit more than one application (e.g. International Master's and Erasmus Mundus), you must log on to Søknadsweb with the email address and password you received the first time you registered. Then choose ‘New application'. If you have forgotten your password, please request a new one through Søknadsweb.

The student selection will be performed through phases of initial screening, ranking and final selection. The first phase of initial screening will be performed by the NTNU Admission Office and Student Advisor at the Coordinating Institution (NTNU). Applicants who do not meet the specific programme requirements will be excluded after this phase. The final phase of ranking and selection will be jointly undertaken by the Selection Committee as follows:

Step 1: Review and score students deemed qualified through initial screening.

Step 2: Rank students in a total list from highest scored to lowest. The ranking criteria includes, e.g.: GPA score, academic excellence of home university, math score, country correction of the use of grading scale, motivation letter, reference / recommendation letters, work experience, publications, other. The Selection Committee will discuss and agree upon the weight for each criterion.

Step 3: Decide cut-off for programme entry level and agree on selections.

Step 4: Separate list into Programme and Partner country candidates.

Step 5: Review the Partner country list with regards to Heading 6 and mark potential candidates for both categories (NDICI and IPA), thereafter general partner country. Continue to suggest available scholarships. Agree on allocating /awarding scholarships.

Step 6: Review Programme country list. Allocate available scholarships.

The final lists of students accepted to the Programme will include both the students awarded scholarships, and those accepted as self-funded. Once the ranking and selection of the students is completed the results will be announced. The students will individually receive admission letters from the Coordinating Institution (NTNU).

The Programme Chair is CoMEM+ academic director at the Coordinating Institution (NTNU).

The Programme Administrative Coordinator is CoMEM+ administrator at the Coordinating Institution (NTNU).

Local Academic Coordinators are academic representatives at each partner university that take local decisions regarding their university’s ability, commitment, and responsibilities to participate and deliver to the Programme.

The Selection Committee is the consortium body responsible for selecting and admitting students to CoMEM+ programme. The Selection Committee is comprised of the Programme Chair and the Local Academic Coordinators. The Programme Administrative Coordinator attends the selection committee meetings and acts as the secretary. The Student Advisor who performs the initial screening of students’ applications at the Coordinating Institution (NTNU) also attends the selection meetings and is a member of the Selection Committee.

Each of the partner representatives commit to contribute and actively promote the transparent and fair process of selecting students. Members of the Selection Committee have agreed to their individual responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest during the execution of the review, assessment, and selection of each cohort. Each member of the Selection Committee acknowledges their obligation to give the Chair of the Selection Committee (Coordinating University Coordinator/Chair) immediate notification should a potential conflict of interest arise while exercising their duties. The Chair of the Selection Committee will then implement necessary actions.

Cf. the Norwegian Public Administration Act § 28, you have the right to appeal NTNU's decision if you believe you have been wrongfully rejected from admission.

Information about appealing an admission decision


If you have questions, please consult our FAQ before contacting us. You can also join our Facebook group for international master's applicants. 


To send hard copies to NTNU, please use the following address: 

"NTNU - Academic Administrative Division"
Admissions Office
Postboks 8900 Torgarden
7491 Trondheim

If documents are sent by express delivery services (such as DHL or FedEx), the following address must be used:

NTNU Admissions/Opptak
S. P. Andersens veg 11
7031 Trondheim