Marine Technology

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Marine Technology

– About Marine Technology

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Internationally known

The Department of Marine Technology (IMT) is among the world leaders in marine technology education, and the master’s degree program has been running strong for 100 years. The department offers a broad range of courses and specialization areas.

The Norwegian marine technology community is internationally known, and our research and development activities are at the forefront of technological advancement. As a student here, you will be in direct contact with highly respected scientists who are active teachers and researchers.

IMT houses one of NTNU’s four Centers of Excellence (CoE): AMOS (Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems). The department’s researchers are also active in numerous other national and international research projects.

Energy technology

Both the offshore oil and gas industry and the growing ocean renewable energy industries (wind, wave, and tidal/current energy) require innovative solutions in the harsh marine environment. New activities related to exploration and exploitation of the offshore oil and gas resources increasingly take place in deeper water areas, or in marginal fields, where lighter platforms, new subsea technologies, and year-round service vessels for maintenance and repair become increasingly critical. The offshore wind industry is looking to larger turbines, floating platforms, efficient marine operations, and more optimized designs in order to reduce costs, while wave energy providers are looking for ways to increase efficiency and reliability. In both industries, the unique challenges of the ocean environment require knowledgeable and innovative engineers and researchers.

Automatic control is necessary

Automatic control can improve the efficiency and safety of various types of marine operations. For example, dynamic positioning of vessels is required to limit the motions of ships and/or platforms during installation of wind turbines, drilling operations, or laying of pipelines. Automatic control is crucial for meeting the future requirements for high performance and safe operations under demanding environmental conditions. This requires a close integration with hydrodynamics and structural dynamics.


Today’s transportation by ship is striving for reduced time to market, meaning higher speeds at sea and more efficient harbour operations. The increased speed and implementation of new concepts have given rise to new technological challenges. Weight minimization is essential to green production, lowering of costs and high speed transportation. However, this leads to using more flexible structures which have more dynamic effects, and a design basis rooted in first principles is needed. Novel propulsion and ship systems are also proposed for greener operation. Furthermore, today’s challenges in marine transportation aren’t limited to ships – new concepts such as floating bridges and submerged tunnels also require fundamental analysis combining hydrodynamics and structural dynamics.

Operations - Logistics developments

Logistics and transport are areas that are undergoing a rapid development. There are increasing demands for more complex integrated logistics services by the international shipping industry. High-speed vessels are now becoming serious competitors to aircraft under certain conditions. Such vessels will continue to develop in size, speed, seafaring qualities, choice of material, machinery and design.

In order to increase the efficiency and reliability of operations at sea, special-purpose ships and equipment are needed for various types of operations (cable laying, rescue, fishing, etc.) and must be deployed to the right place at the right time. More accurate descriptions of waves, currencies and wind induced motions, are then required. To improve efficiency, automatic control can also be applied.

Fisheries and aquaculture

Both fisheries and aquaculture are growing industries worldwide. The fish stocks of the world are renewable resources that could feed the world forever. However, overfishing threatens wild fish stocks. In order to preserve sea life, we have to develop technology which enables us to harvest the resources of the oceans with minimal damage to the environment.

High-Quality Education

A master’s degree in marine technology at NTNU is internationally recognized as a high-quality education. There is a strong international student community here, and you can cultivate a worldwide network during your studies.