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Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost non-EU/EEA €15000 per year; EU/EEA no fee

This programme is based on the expertise of the participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering.

Study programme

NMME is based on first principles within the design, construction and operation of ships and offshore structures, including their hydrostatics and stability, hydrodynamics, wave and wind loads and structural analyses. Teaching comprises lectures, assignments, workshops and project work. Theory is supported by experimental work and computer simulations are used intensively.

Aalto University - Passenger ships

Aalto University’s study track in the programme focuses on passenger ships. This study track gives a comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimisation of passenger ships. Studies cover both basic knowledge as well as the application of risk-assessment methods in ship design. Studies also address the conflicting interests of different stakeholders and students are challenged to create solutions that satisfy stakeholders' demands.

The aim of the studies is to work on a single ship project throughout the specialisation semester and work on different parts of this ship within different courses. Course choices are thus made in a manner that supports the project. This way, the knowledge and know-how obtained will be simultaneously deep and synthesised. In addition, schedules must be planned for the different elements of a project, thus building the capability to work on challenging projects with limited resources.

Graduates of the passenger ship study track are ideal recruits for shipyard design departments, design offices, classification societies, etc.

Structure of studies

The programme is organised in two parts:

  1. In your first year, you study master's-level topics within maritime engineering, naval architecture and offshore engineering: stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship and ocean structures. If you did not study naval architecture as part of your bachelor's degree, you will also have basic introductory courses in naval architecture. In addition to maritime engineering courses, you will take courses on general and special engineering competences, such as CFD, structural analysis, composite materials, etc. The emphasis in each subject will depend on the university and your entrance qualifications.
  2. In the second year, you study your chosen specialisation: ocean structures, passenger ships, ship design, ship operations or small craft. Each subject defines a study track.

Studies are structured so that you will study at one of the partner universities for the first part of your degree and transfer to another university to complete your degree during the second year. In the case of the passenger ships track, you will study at either Chalmers, DTU, KTH or NTNU for the first year and at Aalto University for the second.

Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Marine and maritime law
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Near- and offshore constructions
Navigation and seamanship