MSc in Electromechanical Engineering - Maritime Engineering

General information

Electromechanical Engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of Electromechanical Engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree programme intended to prepare students to assume a role of technical leadership in industry. The programme at Ghent university offers in-depth training in all aspect of Electromechanical Engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independency. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.

The programme consists of a general module, main subject modules, elective courses and a dissertation. 
The general module contains courses on all subjects related to Electromechanical Engineering, ranging from electrical drives over machine manufacturing to management skills. 
Students can choose one out of five main subject modules with specialist courses on different subjects of interest. 

  • The main subject Electrical Power Engineering handles all aspects of generation, distribution and use of electrical energy, with special attention to electrical machines and drives and electrical power systems. 
  • The main subject Mechanical Energy Engineering concerns energy conversion and energy use in thermal systems, engines, machines and all kinds of industrial equipment. 
  • The main subject Mechanical Construction focuses on design, manufacturing and maintenance of machines and mechanical equipment. 
  • The main subject Control Engineering and Automation is about control and automation applied to mechanical and electrical systems and processes in general. 
  • The main subject Maritime Engineering treats the design, construction and operation of maritime systems such as ships and offshore constructions. 

Through elective courses students broaden their knowledge and skills in technical and non-technical subjects. The Master Dissertation is a final step in the learning process. It aims at training the ability to independently perform scientific research.

The master in Electromechanical Engineering can be followed as a full-time or part-time programme. An equivalent programme taught in Dutch is also available at Ghent Univeristy. 

Learning outcome:

Career persepectives

Masters in Electromechanical Engineering graduating from one of the five main subjects are employed in all branches of industry. Both in government agencies and private companies their field of activity is broadly varied: electrical energy production and distribution, electrical and mechanical equipment manufacturing, metal industry, building construction, transport, consultancy, banking and insurance.
Graduates in Electrical Power Engineering are employed by electrical utilities and electrical equipment manufacturers. Their activities are situated in the development, design and control of machines and equipment for generation and distribution of electric energy (alternators, transformers, high voltage lines) and for use of electrical energy (electric drive technologies, mechatronics) and in the operation of electrical transmission and distribution networks.

Graduates in Mechanical Energy Engineering work in development and design of various types of machinery and mechanical equipment where energy conversion and energy efficiency is of main concern, e.g.: internal combustion engines, steam, gas, wind and hydraulic turbines, compressors, fans, steam boilers and HVAC&R installations. 
Students who opted for the main subject Mechanical Construction find work in companies developing machines and mechanical constructions for all industrial sectors. This comprises mechanical design (materials selection, component selection, lifetime analysis), production methods (machining, forming …) and construction methods (welding, fastening…). Particular attention goes to safety, sustainability and cost related aspects. 
Graduates in Control Engineering and Automation are employed in development and design of equipment and systems for automation, control and supervision in process industry, energy production, electrical and mechanical equipment manufacturing and all other industrial sectors. 
Graduates from Maritime Engineering have a multidisciplinary knowledge to approach problems related to design, construction and operation of ships and floating structures in general and on their behaviour in particular. There is a demand for graduates in government agencies, port authorities, shipping companies, inspection and classification societies, dredging and related sectors. Their professional activities are very diverse and internationally oriented. 
Note that the Maritime Engineering programme is only offered by Ghent University in Flanders.

Contact Person: Learning track counselor (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture) (


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

0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium


Open from
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Jun 2019

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Non-EEA students

Standard tuition fee (€238.30 fixed amount + €11.40 per credit) + higher tuition fee (€76,70 per credit)
For 60 credits: €5524.30

EEA students

€ 238.30 fixed amount + € 11.40 per credit
For 60 credits: € 922.30

Study allowance Flemish Community ("Studietoelage")
€ 108.80



Degree Requirements
Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering can enter the programme without any prerequisites if they hold the following diploma: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum three years), with the main subject in Electromechanical Engineering or an equivalent to this. Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Programme Committee will make the final decision whether to accept the application or not. The Study Programme Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual Master’s programme, for instance for students who hold another diploma of Bachelor or Master..

Language Requirements
Required CEF-level of English proficiency: B2, Common European Framework (CEF).


Application Procedure:
  1. Make sure you meet the admission requirements
  2. Check the application deadlines
  3. Start up the application procedure
  4. Legalise your documents

Behind the scenes

The Registrar's Office will check the general, academic requirements and the authenticity of the provided documents, before sending the application file through to the faculty involved, for assessment of your application.

The faculty will go into more detail and determine whether the candidate's degree is sufficiently related and will decide on whether or not to grant admission. Other application documents, such as CV and grade sheets, will also be considered in the decision-making.

On average, it takes around 3 months after the application package has been received to have a result.

Grant Opportunities:

Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. They are awarded for the duration of the studies with a maximum of 2 years. In case of a two-year-programme the scholarship will only be paid for the full term if the student successfully completes the first year of the programme. The scholarship consists of an insurance, an allowance of 1000 € per month, an installation fee of 500 € and a refund of the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 80 €.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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