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Master's degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Tijdsduur 4 semesters
Cost €5,300 (€7,950 for non-EU residents)

The master's degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, introduced in the 2017-2018 academic year, qualifies you to practise the regulated profession of naval and ocean engineer. It gives you the knowledge you need to design, build, maintain and assess ships and vessels of all kinds, as well as platforms and devices for the use of ocean resources. You will also be trained in the management and supervision of maritime businesses.

Naval architects and ocean engineers are professionals who have the ability to conceive and develop technical solutions for the maritime transport of goods and people that are economically and environmentally sound and for the exploitation of ocean and seabed resources (fish, energy, minerals, etc.) and the appropriate use of marine habitats and maritime defence and security systems.

You can take one of the following specialisations:

Yacht and Pleasure Craft Design
Many of the recent advances in shipbuiling spring from innovations in yacht and racing boat design. In this specialisation students get to know and further their knowledge of the design and construction requirements for these vessels, so that as future professionals they are able to continue innovating in this area.

Ocean Energies
Many technologies are being developed for obtaining energy from the marine environment that could be primary energy sources in the near future, ranging from offshore wind farms to tidal or wave energy converters. In this specialisation students gain the knowledge they need to understand and develop these systems for harvesting energy, as well as to influence the uptake of these technologies in the future.

Professional opportunities
  • Ship design and construction.
  • Involvement in the leisure industry and the demand for marinas and floating sports complexes.
  • Design and construction of floating and underwater industrial complexes and structures.
  • Underwater mining.
  • Underwater distribution, processing and communications systems.
  • Underwater robotics.
  • Marine fishing and fish farming.
  • Coastal engineering.
  • Energy harvesting from wind, waves, currents, thermal gradients, salinity gradients, etc.
  • Marine power plants.

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.

Structurele componenten
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Machines en operators
Near- en offshore infrastructuur
Maritieme veiligheid