Joint Nordic Masteræs degreee programme, 2 years

(MSc in) Maritime Engineering

– Study tracks

Marine structures (copyright CESOS)

Study tracks

The second year of study is spent at the university with the lead expertise in the selected specialty. Participants specialize in one of the five subjects areas, called study tracks.

Each of these five study tracks is described below. 

Ocean Structures

Partner University: NTNU

This study track gives you a strong foundation for design of any type of ocean structure, from conventional ships to offshore structures. It also deals with marine operations like pipelaying, towing and use of cranes on mobile platforms for installation of subsea modules. The study track is discipline based and includes groups of courses within marine environment, environmental loads, effects of loads, structural capacity and marine cybernetics.

Career prospects: Those who complete the Ocean Structures study track typically find employment in engineering companies involved in offshore projects for the petroleum industry, oil companies and marine entrepreneurs. The largest individual employer of engineers with this background is the classification foundation Det Norske Veritas, whose main activity is ship classification but also deals with risk management in other industry branches. 

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Passenger Ships

Partner University: Aalto 

This study track gives comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimization of passenger ships. The conflicting interests of various stakeholders (passenger, ship owner, shipyard) will be addressed during the studies, and you will be forced to create a solution that satisfies the stakeholder's preferences.

Career prospects: Those who complete the Passenger Ships study track typically find employment in shipyard design departments, at design offices, classification societies, auth, or in a ship owner's technical department.

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Ship Design   

Partner University: Chalmers 

In this study track, you will be part of a project team and work with a problem oriented and realistic ship-design project with a company from the maritime industry as the "customer". You will be part of a student team guided by professional engineers from industry and faculty members from Chalmers. The initial design process prior to an order of a new ship is covered during the project following the demands of the customer. The project will take place during the second year and you will utilize and link together knowledge from all the marine engineering courses of the first year.

Career prospects:  Those who complete the Ship Design study track will typically find employment with a ship owner, a consultancy, a classification society, a supplier of marine equipment, a maritime administration or a research institution. Work in this field will involve a large degree of development, if not entirely directed at research, and it will be done in an entirely international atmosphere and require cooperation with people with different backgrounds, mainly from the maritime world.

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Ship Operations

Partner university: DTU

In popular terms the definition of this study track is that it mainly deals with naval architecture and maritime engineering from the point of view of the ship owner, i.e. it deals with ships at sea. You will learn to apply rational methods in analysing and optimizing the performance of ships (container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, ro-ro ships etc.) with respect to safety, efficiency, economics and environmental considerations.

Career prospects: Those who complete the Ship Operations study track will typically be employed by a ship owner in the technical department, a consultancy, a classification society, a supplier of marine equipment or a research institution. Work will involve a large degree of development, if not entirely directed at research, and it will be done in an entirely international atmosphere and require cooperation with people with different backgrounds, mainly from the maritime world.

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Small Craft

Partner university: KTH

The Small Craft track is designed to prepare you for the engineering challenges of the design and engineering of the group vessels often called small craft. The group includes fast rescue boats, patrol boats, pilot vessels and other similar vessels. Also yachts are dealt with in the track. These craft must be able to carry out their vital operations safely and efficiently during the toughest weather conditions. Also yachts must sail safely – and win their races. You will learn to apply rational methods for innovative design, including for instance advanced materials. Moreover, methods for efficient design processes and system engineering aspects related to small craft design are also taught in this track.

Career prospects: Those who complete the Small Craft study trackAfter  will typically be employed by a shipyard or boat builder, building advanced fast craft and/or yachts, by a navy, a consultancy, a classification society or a maritime administration. You will work with advanced innovative design of high-performance small craft, and you must cooperate with all kinds of people, from highly skilled craftsmen, naval officers to dedicated yachtsmen.

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Degree:  Nordic Master of Science in Maritime Engineering (MSc) or equivalent, double degree

Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSCCE
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Application deadline: 15 January

Location: NTNU (Trondheim), and partner universities

Nordic Five Tech alliance

Nordic Five Tech alliance

NTNU is a member of the Nordic Five Tech, an exclusive, strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.  The universities involved have a strong capacity and a long-standing tradition within research and education. The alliance currently offers two joint MSc.programmes.

Contact information

Academic contact person
Eilif Pedersen (NTNU)

Department of Marine Technology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Programme Coordinator:
DTU Mechanical Engineering

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