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.

NTNU in Ålesund 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.

After decades of improving 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 program will put the human interaction into focus in demanding operations, with emphasis on the complex operations to support the installations of subsea field equipment.

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. There will be a focus on integrated operations, e.g. between the bridge and on-shore personnel, between personnel from different organizations between personnel in operation at different time periods.

The program is oriented towards leadership effectiveness, with special attention on influence strategies that lead to superior performance regarding safety and effectiveness issues. Leadership theories will be reviewed and evaluated to help you understand the complexity of modern practical leadership. Furthermore, modern leadership in connection with identification of strategies based on objectives and barriers, and guidelines for monitoring and control of the operation, will be discussed.

Another topic of the program will be on management challenges when an organization is exposed to risks. Anyone responsible for or participating in an operation should be conscious both about the risks facing the operation and the risks the operation is creating itself. Well-founded and often inexpensive measures may, if implemented early enough, save values which otherwise could have been lost.

Course Modules

The program (90 ECTS) is established as a three-year part-time program. 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.)

  • Integrated operations I: Management of Demanding Operations
  • Industrial Psychology and Human Resources Management
  • Integrated operations II: Risk Management
  • Human Factors
  • Integrated operations III: Cross-cultural Understanding and Communications
  • Scientific Theory and Methods
  • Integrated operations IV: Management of the unpredictable
  • One elective module (which may consist of several courses)
  • 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


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

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


Aalesund, Norway



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.


For disipline based - Relevant bachelor degree.

For experienced based - Relevant 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.

Application Procedure:

For general information regarding how to apply, please contact:

Application deadline: 15th April


Academic level: Master


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

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