Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

General information

The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering combines the lead expertise of the five universities with long standing tradition and competence in the field of naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. The programme gives you the opportunity to choose between five study environments that are all highly specialized and technologically advanced. It thus offers you a unique possibility to benefit from the lead expertise of each of the five universities and specialize to the top level in a stimulating environment together with other Nordic and international students.

The Nordic Master programme in Maritime Engineering deals with ships, small craft, yachts and offshore structures. It includes their design, construction and operation and their interaction with the environment. It covers the engineering disciplines naval architecture and offshore engineering. The language of instruction is English. It is a double degree programme and as a graduate from the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering you will receive two MSc diplomas: one from each of the two universities in your study track. The two diplomas will be supplemented with an insert describing the consortium and the programme.

The education includes lectures, seminars, and a large amount of project work. It is given in close connection to different companies which enables visits, guest lectures and sharp project work.

As a student in the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering you have the possibility to stay for one year in two universities in two different countries. Joining the programme means that you will have the possibility to indulge in the student life of two different university campuses and meet different languages and cultures. On all Nordic Five Tech university campuses you will meet many international students from all over the world. The Nordic Master Programme in Maritime Engineering is offered by a consortium of the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries, working together within the framework of the Nordic Five Tech university alliance:

Programme Structure

  • In the first year, you learn topics of maritime engineering, naval architecture and offshore engineering on Master level
  • In the second year, you specialize in one of the five subjects: ocean structures, passenger ships, ship design, ship operations and small craft. Each of the subjects defines a study track

It is required that you start at one of the partner universities for part 1 and finish your studies at another university for part 2. The study tracks (wpartner university responsible per track in parenthesis) are the following:

  1. Ocean Structures (NTNU)
  2. Passenger Ships (Aalto)
  3. Ship Design (Chalmers)
  4. Ship Operations (DTU)
  5. Small Craft (KTH)

Target group. The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering targets bachelor students in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture or Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering who are interested in specializing in Maritime Engineering at Master level. The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the technical maritime world, where they will cooperate as professionals on designing, building or operating ships, offshore structures, boats or other floating structures.

Maritime Engineering and the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries have for centuries been strong in shipping and shipbuilding. This position has been driven by hard and sheer necessity in a harsh environment and under conditions where only the utmost care, the best qualifications, the hardest work and the highest degree of innovation could secure survival, physically and economically. On the other hand, those conditions have been crucial in the development of the high quality shipping that is characteristic for the Nordic countries. Today, people in the Nordic countries design, build and operate large fleets of modern, highly sophisticated ships and offshore units of all kinds, and there is a large industry of suppliers of equipment.

The Nordic maritime industry. The maritime industry includes ship designers, consultancies, ship owning companies, a classification society, offshore oil companies and engine manufacturers. To this one must add a large number of sub-system developers and subcontractors such as manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, from ropes, winches and paint to IT service, weather routing etc. Within each field one can mention large, world-leading companies such as Wallenius, A.P. Møller Mærsk, Barber WW, Det Norske Veritas, MAN Diesel, Stena, SSPA, ABB and Wärtsila.

Learning outcome:

On completion of the programme, you will have qualifications on high level within naval architecture and offshore engineering, i. e. ships and offshore structures and their design, construction and operation. This includes waves and wave loads, interaction between water and structure, stability of ships and platforms, dynamics of small craft, propellers and propulsion and advanced steel and lightweight structures. You will be able to analyze and design ships, small craft, yachts or offshore structures with respect to building and operation and you will have a deep understanding of the many conflicting demands, both technical, environmental, safety and economic.

A NMME graduate will typically be employed as a naval architect or offshore engineer by consultancies, design offices, ship owners, maritime administrations, offshore companies, classification societies or suppliers of special equipment. The roles in the enterprise may be those of chief executive, development manager, team manager, consultant, specialist, or researcher. 

Contact Person: DTU Mechanical Engineering (Programme Coordinator) (


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

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Technical University of Denmark (coordinator)
Lyngby, Denmark

The Nordic Master Programme in Maritime Engineering consortium:

  • Aalto: Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland 
  • Chalmers: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden 
  • DTU: Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen (Lyngby), Denmark 
  • KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway 



You will be paying fees and charges directly to the university where you are enrolled. The fee will correspond to the fee level of that university. Currently Aalto, Chalmers, DTU and KTH charge fees to non-EU/EEA students. Please read more at the individual universities' webpage:  


In order to apply for the Nordic Master programme in Maritime Engineering (NMME), you have to fulfill a number of requirements. The requirements apply to all applicants for the programme regardless of where you decide put in your application.

Degree Requirements: 
Applicants must hold a BSc or BEng corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits. At Aalto, Chalmers and KTH it is possible to start with no prerequisites within naval architecture. The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics. Applicants with a Polytechnic (FI), Högskoleingeniör (SE) and Diplomingeniør (DK) degree may be expected to do extra course work to qualify for the programme.

English language requirements: 
Applicants whose native language is English, Nordic applicants or applicants who have a university degree instructed in English (at least for 3 years in the EU) are exempted from additional English tests. All other candidates must present certified photocopies of relevant documents enclosed with the application.  

  • TOEFL: Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5), Computer-based test: 237 (essay writing grade 4,5), Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)  
  • IELTS: 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted)

Application Procedure:

You apply directly to the university where you wish to study for the first year of your study track. This means that you will have to consider your choice very carefully as you cannot subsequently apply to spend your first year in one of the other universities within the consortium.

All universities have on-line application forms and you apply electronically by completing the online form. You are then required to print the form and send it by post together with a number of documents in hard copies. This must be sent to the university where you want to apply and spend the first year of your studies. You must make sure to include a motivation letter indicating which study track you wish to pursue. For further information on admission procedures at the university where you wish to spend the first year of your NMME studies click here

The programme has one common deadline for applications which is normally in January. 

Grant Opportunities:

There are no particular scholarships attached to the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering programme.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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