Master in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport

General information

Máster universitario en Ingeniería Náutica y Transporte Marítimo

The master's degree in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport provides high-level skills in the knowledge areas linked to nautical engineering and maritime transport: the structure and behaviour of ships at sea, maritime transport logistics and environmental management. The course qualifies graduates to practice the regulated profession of merchant navy captain.

The main objective of the training is to train graduates for the proper exercise of the profession of merchant navy captain, so that they will acquire specific skills in the field of navigation, the behavior of the ship at sea, routes and trip planning, and port logistics. In addition, for the proper exercise of the profession, they will also acquire management skills, command and leadership. 

Graduates must be able to work, interact and influence the environment of port and maritime economics. In this sense, the Master will provide knowledge about law, maritime administration and management; and also form in the maritime and port logistics, trade in goods, the role of shipping agents and freight companies, etc.


First semester

Second semester

Third semester

  • Advenced Ship's Manoeuvring5
  • Navigation Safey Management and Planning5
  • Ship Dynamics5
  • Master Thesis
Learning outcome:

Professional opportunities

Future society will require new and enhanced modes of maritime transport and more effective control systems. To support these improvements, sector-specific economic and administrative structures will be needed, which must promote the development of advanced technology solutions to ensure optimum loading and efficient control of ports and coastal areas. Nautical engineering is therefore a promising growth area that will require considerable material and human resources in the coming years, internationally, in Europe, and particularly in Spain. Merchant seamen are an integral part of these human resources and require solid basic training and a range of multidisciplinary skills. The master's degree in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport is designed to provide both the basic academic and technological training and the specialised knowledge that professionals in the sector will need, as well as offering the degree of learning flexibility that today's society demands. Students will receive training as engineers and seafarers, acquiring skills profiles that satisfy the demands of the national and international maritime transport markets.

These needs also reflect the growing importance of maritime transport and trade in an increasingly globalised world. This is an emerging sector with excellent employment prospects, which are expected to improve further in the short-to-medium term. The master's degree in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport therefore aims to train competent professionals in these areas, capable of excelling in their efforts to address current and future challenges and of driving the sector forward by establishing new professional profiles, creating new companies and generating employment.

A wide range of career paths is open to graduates. The main areas in which they will find employment are as follows:

Nautical engineering

  • Merchant navy (graduates will have the qualifications for the rank of captain)
  • Commercial shipping
  • Inspection and classification
  • Port terminals
  • Insurance and maritime assessment

Transport, freight management and logistics (although graduates will be specialised in maritime activities, the skills and competencies acquired during the course are also applicable to onshore roles in this sector)

  • Consignees and forwarding agents
  • Transport companies
  • Freight management and logistics
  • Financial services
  • Business management


  • Maritime administration (public works offices, maritime authorities, maritime inspection offices, etc.)
  • Maritime services (surveillance, search and rescue, customs and excise)
  • Teaching and research
  • Engineering projects
  • Environmental protection and management projects
  • Resource and maritime routing optimisation projects


Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competences

  • They will have developed the expertise required for navigation planning and management, taking into account factors such as safety, environmental protection, meteorological data and ocean conditions.
  • They will have the theoretical knowledge to coordinate search-and-rescue operations and salvage operations.
  • They will have the expertise to design and oversee the correct implementation of security plans and pollution prevention plans. They will have acquired the knowledge to perform risk appraisals, damage assessments and accident analyses. They will have learnt to design and implement security management systems. They will have learnt the importance of emergency safety strategies and a general culture of on-board safety in emergency situations, including the activation of suitable response mechanisms. They will have acquired the knowledge required to design maritime security policies for private companies and government agencies.
  • They will have acquired the expertise to design voyage plans, including course plotting and the accurate use of nautical charts and publications, identifying changes to existing information and informing the relevant authorities.
  • They will have learnt to perform a bridge watch (during navigation, while mooring and in port).
  • They will be able to write and use ship and cargo documentation in English.
  • They will have acquired expertise in environmental management and protection applicable to new marine developments in coastal areas.
  • They will have learnt to design and implement manoeuvring plans (for berthing, unberthing, mooring, canal and passage navigation, dry docking, etc.) for different types of ships.
  • They will have acquired the skills to handle and oversee the operation of auxiliary machinery falling within the remit of qualified nautical engineers.
  • They will be able to apply a basic knowledge of marine motors and marine propulsion and carry out general performance and consumption calculations.
  • They will have learnt to calculate a ship's dynamic responses in different load conditions and different scenarios influenced by external factors and to implement the appropriate measures in each case.
  • They will have the knowledge to apply the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code in all possible on-board circumstances and to plan and implement calculations for the stowage of specific cargos.
  • They will have the expertise required to apply the IMDG code on different types of ships.
  • They will have acquired the knowledge to design contingency plans to ensure safe operation in the event of on-board malfunctions.
  • They will be capable of leading and managing projects and human teams in maritime activities, including on-board crew and maritime trade teams.
  • They will be able to organise and administer medical care at the level required for the advanced healthcare training qualification for qualified seamen awarded by the Spanish government.
  • They will be able to design and oversee the implementation of marketing plans for the maritime industries.  
  • They will have acquired the skills required to work as an inspection manager in the maritime administration and in classification societies.
  • They will have acquired the expertise to submit proposals for competitive public and private projects, knowledge of the main tools for financing and implementing projects, and the awareness to identify ideas that push the boundaries of current knowledge.
Contact Person: Marcel•la Castells i Sanabra (


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

0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0031 - Project management", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0716 - Naval engineering


Venue: Technical University of Catalonia
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona School of Nautical Sciences
Pla del Palau, 18 08003, Barcelona


Open from
11 Jan 2016 to 1 Jul 2016


Possession of a degree in Marine Engineering and Maritime Transport arrangements or qualifications obtained in previous studies, such as the Diploma in Maritime Navigation or Diploma in Civil Marine Section Nautical. They can also access the master who is in possession of a degree in engineering. In this case, the Master not allow to practice Captain of the Merchant Navy.

General academic access requirements
1. An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.

2. A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid. 

In addition to these general access requirements, which apply to all master's degree courses, specific admission requirements may be set for each programme.

Specific admission requirements and criteria

  • In addition to the general requirements, specific admission requirements and criteria may be set for given master's degrees. These specific requirements may include specific access qualifications, requisites for foreign languages, and bridging course requirements.
  • In all cases, what is taken into consideration includes the weighting of the academic record.
  • The selection process may also include an examination and an appraisal of the candidate's CV. Further information is available on the master's degree website.

Qualifying master's degrees and access criteria

Admission to master's degrees that qualify the holder to practise a regulated profession is open to candidates who meet the general requirements described in points 1 and 2 and also hold one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree that is part of an academic programme comprising a bachelor's degree and a university master's degree.
  • A bachelor's degree that qualifies for professional practice as a technical engineer in the relevant discipline.
  • An official degree that does not qualify for professional practice as a technical engineer in the relevant discipline but which does meet the access conditions stipulated in the corresponding ministerial order.
  • A bachelor's degree in another discipline, provided that they complete the bridging courses (if any) foreseen in the validation report.
  • A degree previous to the EHEA, in which case bridging courses may be necessary as stipulated in the corresponding ministerial order and the UPC's academic regulations.

Conditional admission when the bachelor's thesis is pending completion

Bachelor's degree students who have not completed their degree because they have not yet defended their bachelor's thesis may be granted conditional admission. They will be admitted definitively if they have been awarded the bachelor's degree on 30 September. These students may enrol later than the deadline set by the school or university research institute.

Application Procedure:

To enrol, you must use the pre-enrolment application for master's degree courses and enter a valid e-mail address as your username. You will be sent a password to log into the application. Log in and enter your personal and academic details, upload the required documentation and submit your application. There is an application fee of 30 €.

GENERAL admission periods for the autumn semester of the 2016–2017 academic year. From 11 January to 8 July 2016, out of this period, the school may establish its own pre-enrolment and enrolment periods. 

  • To register for the application, enter a valid e-mail address as your username.
  • You will be sent a password to log into the application. Log in and enter your personal and academic details and upload the required documentation.
  • Once you have entered the details and uploaded the documents, submit the online application form for administrative and academic review. You will be able to check the status of your application throughout the admissions process (see: Application status ; in the FAQs for the pre-enrolment application).
  • Students must pay a pre-enrolment fee of €30. The price applies to each pre-enrolment for a master's degree course run by the UPC. Students who pre-enrol for more than one course must pay a €30 pre-enrolment fee for each course. These fees are non-refundable.
  • You may make changes to your application until the deadline for pre-enrolment by entering your username (valid e-mail address) and the assigned password.
  • If you would like to pre-enrol in more than one master's degree course, you do not need to re-enter the details you have already provided.
  • Successful applicants must ACCEPT the place in the pre-enrolment application and pay €300  following the instructions given in the form they will have received by e-mail. This amount will be deducted from the enrolment fee when you officially enrol, but if you do not enrol you will not be entitled to a refund unless the master’s degree is cancelled.
  • Use the relevant section of the pre-enrolment application form to explain what documents you are providing (official degree, etc.) as proof of your eligibility to enrol in the master's degree course. You may also upload these documents as attachments.
  • On the established decision date, you will receive an e-mail informing you of whether or not you have been admitted to the master's degree course. You can view the decision in the pre-enrolment application. Final admission to the programme will be subject to confirmation of the academic details provided.
  • Students from non-EU member countries can use the letter of admission to begin to apply for the visa they will need to complete the master's degree course in Spain.

Further information can be found here


Academic level: Master

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