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EMSHIP+ education in Advanced Ship and Offshore Design (EMSHIP+ education in Advanced Ship and Offshore Design )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost Eu applicants: 4 000€/year Non-EU applicants: 8 000€/year

The objective of the EMSHIP education platform is to provide a high education level in Naval Architecture and Ship & Offshore Design, through 2 years Master Courses. 

EMSHIP gives the opportunity to candidates to demonstrate their talents and offer them the necessary skills to work in this challenging industry. 

EMSHIP Added Values

  • Two engineering degrees (double degree) awarded by two European countries (Belgium and Germany, France or Spain), giving in Europe access to the Title of Engineer;
  • Mobility in minimum two EU countries, with a possibility of Internship in a 3rd one (Italy, Romania, UK and France, but also worldwide in Japan, USA, Australia, Korea, Brazil, ….)
  • High diversity of specialization: Pleasure craft (Solent, UK) , yacht design (UNIGE, Italy), CFD and hydrodynamics (ICAM-France, UGAL Romania), Offshore structures, Production, Ship design, Structures, Offshore Wind and Renewable Marine Energy (UPM) …
  • Full English education, with opportunity to learn French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, …
  • INTERNSHIP in Industry - shipyard, class. Societies, … (3 to 5 months)
  • Possibility to apply for SCHOLARSHIP


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Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component

Application procedure

The targeted candidates are:

  • Undergraduate Students having a BSc (typically a bachelor in 3 years as in Europe (called BAC+3), or in 4-5 years in other countries). If specialized, the bachelor should be in Mechanics, Aero, Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering, Material engineering or related fields;
  • Engineers with a Master degree (MSc , BAC+5) in Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering or related fields, searching for advanced education in Marine Hydrodynamics, in Ship and offshore Design, Ship and offshore Structures, Production, and Information Technology (to upgrade his existing knowledge);
  • Engineers looking to start a career in classification societies, R&D units or in maritime engineering companies;
  • Candidates looking for an ideal preparation for a PhD (or R&D) in the maritime field;
  • All Candidates must have a relevant background in : (See Prerequisites)
    • Mathematics, Physics, Numerical Analysis
    • Physics of materials, Applied thermodynamics ,
    • Mechanics, Mechanics of materials, Solid mechanics,
    • Fluid mechanics


This Master is open to students having at least a bachelor in 3 years (180 credits), but there are some prerequisites. Of course students having bachelor in 4 or 5 years, or students with a master degree are also welcome, but similarly, the same prerequisites apply.

The eligibility of the applicants, which do not have an engineering bachelor degree from ULiège (Univ of Liege, Belgium), has to be validated by the Admission Committee of the School of Engineering of ULiège. Only the students having at least a Bachelor [degree awarded before the 1st Sept of the year the EMSHIP program starts (*)] and who satisfy the relevant prerequisites will be eligible. Therefore, it is important that you provide clear information about the courses you have studied (or still studying) before to start MESHIP .

(*) this means you can apply in Oct-Dec to start in Sept the year after, with the condition that you will have your Bachelor degree before 1st (15th) Sept of that year.

To be admitted at this Joint Programme “EMSHIP+ - Advanced Design of Ships and Offshore Structures”, candidates must fulfil the following conditions:

- be holders of a “Bachelor of Science” or “Bachelor of Engineering” degree, with at least 180 ECTS (credits), in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering or related fields (*)
- have appropriate command of English language

(*) A master in one of these fields is also accepted

and one of the following conditions:

- Be holder of a “bachelier en sciences de l’ingénieur, orientation ingénieur civil”, with 180 ECTS (Belgium);
- Be holder of a “Master en sciences industrielles” or “Master en sciences de l’ingénieur industriel” (Belgium)
- Be holders of a “Bachelor of Science” degree , with 180 ECTS (Poland)
- Be graduated from the studies of a second cycle with at least a total of 210 ECTS obtained during the studies (Poland),
- Be holders of another degree considered similar to those mentioned above (at least 180 ECTS) with the agreement of the academic authorities of ULiège



Pre-Requisites for admission in the EMSHIP+ Master 120


- To be admitted at ULiège (Liege) - Master 1:

Existing background in the following fields are expected. The mentionned lectures are only given as exemples. Your lectures may have different names and content.

• Fundamental branches:

o Mathematics and Numerical Analysis

o Physics, Thermodynamics

Solid mechanics, 5 credits (or equivalent) (see (*) )

Strength of materials, 5 credits (or equivalent) (see (**) ) 

Fluid mechanics, 5 cr, (or equivalent) (see (***) ) 

Heat transfer, 5 credits (or equivalent)

Dynamics of mechanical systems, 5 credits (or equivalent)

• Experience in programming, Finite Element Method, Programing code and CAD

- Programming (coding), using for instance MATLAB, C++, Python, …
- Finite Element Method : appreciated but not mandatory
- CAD tool is highly relevant (but not mandatory)

- To be admitted in URO (Rostock) - Master 2: You need to have completed 18 ECTS of Mechanics, 18 ECTS of Mathematics, 12 ECTS of fluid mechanics, 6 ECTS of Measurement Technology / Control Engineering (or equivalent lectures).

- To be admitted in ECN (Nantes) - Master 2: Candidates need to have completed lectures in Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics, which is verified through the admission procedure to enter at Master 1 at ULiège.

- To be admitted at UPM (Spain) - Master 2: Candidates need to have succeeded the Master M1 at ULiège


(*) Solid mechanics

Overview and structure of the course

• General equilibrium principles (identification of all external efforts acting on the studied body, concept of the cut and identification of the internal forces acting on both sides of the cut)
• Notions of stresses and of plasticity surfaces (Mohr circle in in-plane stress field)
• Material properties: link between the stresses and the deformations
• Beam definition
• Calculation of internal forces in a structure constituted of beams (MNT diagrams)
• Calculation of internal forces in a truss
• Study of the different internal forces in a beam section - how to pass from forces to stresses (tension, compression, bending, torsion, shear, combined loading)
• Deflections in structures made of beams
• Concept of second order analysis and notions of elastic buckling of beams in compression


(**) Mechanics of materials

General overview:

This course provides the basic knowledge in Solid Mechanics: concept of stress tensor, strain tensor, material's constitutive law, Hooke's law, deformation energy and link with thermodynamics, virtual work principle and energy theorems, isotropic linear elasticity theory. These concepts are then applied to various practical cases: thick tubes under pressure, pressurized sphere, force on an infinite medium, contact between two elastic solids, torsion of prismatic solids, tensile and bending of prismatic solids, corner shaped solids, stress concentration...

The topics of the course are: * Introduction to tensorial calculus and index notation. Application to the statics: stress tensor, balance equations... * Kinematics: strain in 1D, rigid body motion, tensoriel definition, F=RU, Saint-Venant compatibility equations * Virtual work principle + energy theorems (Engesser, Castigliano...) * 3D Hooke's law, material mechanical properties, additivity rule, strain energy, uniqueness of the solution * Fundamental equations of linear elasticity (Navier's equations) * 3D elastic problems: pressurized tubes, pressurized sphere, Boussinesq's problem, Hertz contact problem * Torsion of general prismatic solid: warping of the sections... * 2D elastic problems: applications in cartesian coordinates (tensile and bending of prismatic solids) * 2D elastic problems: applications in polar coordinates (bending of a curved beam, corner shaped solids, plate with a hole, stress concentration) * Fatigue: introduction to the concept of fatigue, origin of fatigue failure, Wöhler curves, number of cycle to failure, endurance limit.


(***) Fluid mechanics

Course contents :

The course provides a rigorous and systematic presentation of the basic concepts and classical mathematical models used in various fields of application of Newtonian fluid mechanics. These models, and their simplified versions, are used to better understand the underlying physical processes.
The following topics are addressed:

• Kinematics of fluid flows.
• Budget equations (local and integral forms) and associated boundary conditions. Newtonian fluid and Navier-Stokes equations.
• Vorticity dynamics and potential flow.
• Similitude theory and flow regimes.
• Introduction to gas dynamics : rule of forbidden signals in supersonic flows, shock waves.
• Turbulence : characterization, RANS simulations, Taylor theory of turbulent dispersion.
• Gravity waves, capillarity waves, internal waves

Learning outcomes of the course :
At the end of the course, the student will master the basic concept of Newtonian fluid dynamics. He/She will be able to use both the tensor and indicial formalism to design mathematical models of most large scale and small scale flows. In particular, he/she will be able to make the link between the physical processes and their mathematical parameterization and to justify the main assumptions.
He/She will be able to write down budget equations, understand the processes responsible for the transport of information and energy in fluids, use integral forms of the Navier-Stokes equation to describe simple flows. He/She will also be able to rely on a simplified 1D model to describe shock waves in a nozzle.
Through the group project, the course contributes to the development of soft skills like self-study, collaborative work and reporting.

Grant opportunities



For the next cohort (September 2020) 20 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for NON EU and 8 for EU will be available (to be confirmed in Sept 2019)

A full scholarship for non EU includes:

  • The full tuition fees (8000€/year)
  • A monthly allowance for living expenses of 1000€/month
  • Installation fee: 1000€ (lump sum at arrival)
  • Travel expenses (3000€/year – lump sum)
  • A health insurance (value 500€/year)

A full scholarship for EU includes :

  • The full tuition fees (4000€/year)
  • A monthly allowance for living expenses of 1000€/month
  • Travel costs : 1000€/year
  • A health insurance 500€/year

A student having full ERASMUS MUNDUS Scholarship will not be eligible for monthly allowance while he/she is studying in his/her home country (for example, a Belgian student with this scholarship will not get monthly allowance 1000€/month in the first year of the program).

2- CONSORTIUM SCHOLARSHIPS (industrial scholarships)

The consortium offers industrial scholarships for EU and NON EU candidates applying to M120. The number (3-4/intake) and amount of scholarships will be fixed according to to the fund availability.
It will be distributed according to candidate CV’s quality and their motivation.
A full scholarship is not given. We prefer to give partial scholarship to several students instead of full ones to only a few.
The Consortium scholarship may include (one or two of the following, not all):

• Tuition fees (up to 5.000€ / year, valid for 2 years).
• Free Health insurance at ULiège.
• Travels: up to 500€.
• Monthly allocation for living and housing (200-300€/month, during few months).


Academic Scholarship concerns excellent applicants, and this scholarship will cover a part of tuition fees and about 500€ / month for EU student and 850€ / month for non EU students.


If a student has not yet benefited from an ERASMUS study grant, he/she can apply during his/her stay at ULiège for a standard ERASMUS mobility grant (mobility inside EU) for the mobility to ECN, URO or UPM (up to 12 months – beware: internship period can’t be covered by this scholarship). This is accessible to all students (except for those who have full Erasmus Mundus Scholarship or a Consortium Scholarship).
It is aimed to cover a part of the expenses due to the mobility, but it is not at all sufficient for a living! The scholarship is a lump sum (200~300€/Month), calculated on the basis of the destination and the number of months of study to be done there. A first transfer of 70% of the grant is done at the beginning of the stay in the destination university, after completion by the student of a certain number of administrative tasks, and the remaining 30% are transferred at the end of the mobility period, after completion by the student of a certain number of administrative tasks. The administrative tasks will be explained to the applicants in due time.
Full information will be given to eligible students at the beginning of the semester in Liege, by the International Office.
CONTACTS for Application: : Mrs C Reynders , from ULiège

ISCED Categories

Logistics and shipping management
Scientific modelling
Environmental protection technology
Offshore and renewable energy
Naval engineering
Navigation and seamanship