MSc in Management of Demanding Maritime Operations

General information

Maritime operations, as in several other kinds of operations, are increasingly becoming more complex to lead, manage and control. At the same time both the regulatory forces and the common understanding in society require operators to become more effective and less risk taking.

Aalesund University College is the only institution in the world offering International Master’s Degrees in Demanding Maritime Operations. You will be training in leading maritime simulators, and students benefit from close connections with nearby innovative enterprises situated in one of the world’s most advanced and complete maritime clusters.

This experienced-based master course offers a practical approach for marine officers, shore-based personnel, and executive and operational managers within other operational organizationsb- in search of deeper knowledge within management of demanding operations. There will be a focus on integrated operations. The program is oriented towards leadership effectiveness, with special attention on influence strategies that lead to superior performance regarding safety and effectiveness issues. Another topic will be on management challenges when an organization is exposed to risks.

Maritime operations, as in several other kinds of operations, are continously becoming increasingly more complex to lead, manage and control. At the same time both the regulatory forces and the common understanding in society require operators to become more effective and to take less risk. After several decades of improvement in the performance of technical systems it is now obvious that one crucial part of any operation, the human being, has partly been neglected. This master study will put the human interaction into focus in demanding operations, with focus on the complex operations necessary to support the installation of subsea field equipment.

The programme focuses on the execution of demanding operations. As a graduate of this programme the student can look forward to work with challenges in connection with planning, execution and controlling such demanding operations. This might be in a fully operational position where the graduate herself is the leader of the operation, it might be in position of planning an operation someone else in the graduate's own organisation is expected to perform, or the graduate might be in charge of setting up the requirements and specifications for how such an operation should be performed, maybe as a member of the regulatory forces representing the government.

NTNU in Ålesund is situated in the middle of the world's largest maritime cluster, and the students will benefit from international and regional expertise. It is a great challenge to plan and execute an operation to be both efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. Simulations of such operations are already being utilized to improve the planning of operations, to identify potential risks and to train the operative personell. This master programme is closely linked to NTNU in Ålesund's R&D activities on simulation of marine operations. In particular, the emphasis of the programme is placed on the leadership of such demanding operations.

Course Modules
Students should follow two courses during each of the first four semesters. This is equivalent to 50% work load compared to students studying full time. (It is possible to complete the program in a shorter or in a longer time.)

  1. Integrated operations I: Management of Demanding Operations
  2. Industrial Psychology and Human Resources Management
  3. Integrated operations II: Risk Management
  4. Human Factors
  5. Integrated operations III: Cross-cultural Understanding and Communications
  6. Scientific Theory and Methods
  7. Integrated operations IV: Management of the unpredictable
  8. One elective module (which may consist of several courses)
  9. Master thesis (30 ECTS)

The modules are taught in short, intensive courses of up to two weeks duration, followed by a period with self studying under guidance. Exercises with simulated scenarios will constitute an important and integrated part of the study.

Learning outcome:

Job prospects. This experienced-based master course offers a practical approach for marine officers, shore-based personnel, and executive and operational managers within other operational organizations-, in search of deeper knowledge within management of demanding operations.

Learning outcome - Knowledge:

  • has advanced knowledge regarding management of demanding operations
  • has thorough knowledge regarding risk, issues and crisis management
  • has thorough knowledge regarding operational psychology and human resources management
  • has thorough knowledge regarding human factors with respect to safety and efficiency of demanding operations
  • has thorough knowledge regarding how cultural differences and understanding may influence integrated operations
  • has thorough knowledge of scientific theory and methods
  • can analyze academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society with respect to demanding operations.

Learning outcome - Skills:

  • can plan and lead a demanding operation
  • can execute a risk, issues and crisis management process with respect to a demanding operation, and lead the implementation of the suggested measures
  • can plan, analyse, evaluate, lead and present information regarding a demanding operation
  • can prevent and clarify misunderstandings during execution of demanding operations
  • can present and communicate different forms of research and development with respect to a demanding operation
  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • can analyze existing theories,methods and interpretations regarding demanding operations independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant methods for research and scholarly development work in an independent matter
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics 

Learning outcome - General competence:

  • can integrate different forms of knowledge to be able to execute a demanding operation within safety and efficiency constraints
  • can assess, integrate and utilise reseach and research methods in his/her professional practice
  • can plan, execute and assess research and advanced development results under qualified supervision
  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new research areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • can communicate extensive independent work and terminology of the academic field
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions regarding demanding operations, both with specialists and the general public
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes
Contact Person: Magne Vollan Aarset (magne.aarset@hials.no)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0031 - Project management", "0031- Personal skills and communication

Venue

Venue: Aalesund University College
Aalesund, Norway

Application


Cost:

There are no tuition fees for the Master's degree programmes, but all students must have sufficient funding to cover cost of living (including accommodation, food, transport, books etc). Please note that Norwegian authorities require all international students to document how they will finance their studies in Norway when applying for student visa to Norway.


Prerequisites:

This program is taught in Norwegian only and applicants must document the language requirement in Norwegian.

Bachelor degree and minimum two years relevant working experience or minimum 90 ECTS from university or university college and five years working experience, of which at least three years must be in a relevant position. Work experience must be documented (signed and stamped by your employer, stating whether you have worked full time or less, how long you held the position and a short description of your work).

Bachelor degree and minimum two years relevant working experience or minimum 90 ECTS from university or university college and five years working experience, of which at least three years must be in a relevant position. Work experience must be documented (signed and stamped by your employer, stating whether you have worked full time or less, how long you held the position and a short description of your work).
Application deadline: EU/EEA 1 March. Not available for students who needs student visa in Norway, part time only.


Application Procedure:

Applicants with a valid residence permit in Norway and Norwegian ID number must apply for admission for the Master's degree programs through the Internet application, Søknadsweb. International applicants must fill in the application form. Required documentation:

  1. Copy of your passport showing photo, full name, date of birth and nationality.
  2. Documentation of change of name, e.g. marriage certificate (if applicable).
  3. Secondary school certificate/diploma/transcript.
  4. Official university/college degree certificate/diploma and transcript of records sent from the university (listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
  5. TOEFL or IELTS test result.
  6. Letter of recommendation/references from previous higher education.
  7. Letter of motivation.
  8. Documentation of financing (non EU/EEA applicants), meaning a bank statement showing that you have the minimum funds available.
  9. A recent photo of yourself must be attached with the signed application.

Application deadline

  • Non-EU/non-EEA students: Not available for students who needs student visa in Norway, part time only.
  • EU/EEA students: 1 March 2016
  • Norwegian students: 15 april 2016

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

The exams will primarily be reports where the introduced theory shall be applied on a situation of individual choice.


Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
90
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