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Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
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About this program

Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering is based on the expertise of the participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. The program targets international students wishing to profit from the Nordic Five Tech universities' long standing tradition and competence in the field and Nordic students wishing to specialize in a specific area of expertise offered within the alliance.

The education is based on first principles within design, construction and operation of ship and offshore structures, including hydrostatics and stability, hydrodynamics, wave and wind loads and structural analyses. The teaching comprises lectures, assignments, workshops and project work. Theory is supported by experimental work and computer simulations are used intensively.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

  • BSc degree corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits in:
    • Naval Architecture if starting at Aalto University, Chalmers, DTU or NTNU,
    • Mechanical engineering if starting at Aalto University, Chalmers
  • ABEng in Mechanical Engineering is accepted for starting Aalto University, Chalmers.
  • Applicants with a BEng in Naval Architecture, or a BSc or BEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, in Ocean Engineering, in Civil Engineering or in Engineering Physics will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The applicant's qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics and applicant must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:
    • Mathematics: 25 ECTS. Including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations.
    • Statistics and probability theory: 5 ECTS. Students without this qualification must be prepared to complete their curriculum during the first year.
    • Statics, mechanical vibrations, and strength of materials: 10–15 ECTS.
    • Fluid mechanics: min. 5 ECTS. Moreover, the applicant must have sufficient qualifications within numerical methods and elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language. Applicants with a Polytechnic (FI), Högskoleingeniör (SE) and Diplomingeniør (DK) degree may be expected to do extra course work to qualify for the program.

Language requirements

The applicants must have an excellent command of English and they must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL and IELTS. No other English proficiency tests are accepted. For more information, please visit the university website. 

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Program content

Year 1 

In your first year, you study master's-level topics within maritime engineering, naval architecture and offshore engineering: stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, maneuvering and ship and ocean structures. If you did not study naval architecture as part of your bachelor's degree, you will also have basic introductory courses in naval architecture. In addition to maritime engineering courses, you will take courses on general and special engineering competences, such as CFD, structural analysis, composite materials, etc. The emphasis in each subject will depend on the university and your entrance qualifications.

Year 2

In the second year, you study your chosen specialization: ocean structures, passenger ships, ship design, ship operations or small craft. Each subject defines a study track.

Studies are structured so that you will study at one of the partner universities for the first part of your degree and transfer to another university to complete your degree during the second year. In the case of the passenger ships track, you will study at either Chalmers, DTU, KTH or NTNU for the first year and at Aalto University for the second.

The five study tracks are defined below, with the partner university responsible for the track given in parentheses.

  • Ocean Structures (NTNU)
  • Passenger Ships (Aalto University)
  • Ship Design (Chalmers)
  • Ship Operations (DTU)
  • Small Craft (KTH)


For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website


Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree. 

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