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Master Mariner

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost Free for EU/EEA and Switzerland

As a master mariner you will be able to become a captain and thus the highest-ranked leader on board. In addition to being in charge of all personnel, as a master mariner you are also responsible for navigation planning, safety and material, administrative tasks, etc.

During the programme you also follow theoretical subjects like ship’s technique, navigation and safety at sea, and subjects within management, economics, and communication. During sea practice you get the opportunity to try out in practice what you have learned in theory.


Once you have received your certificate of competency, upon completing your education as a master mariner, you will be allowed to work as an officer or a master mariner. Your certificate of competency covers Denmark and international waters all over the world, and for instance your career could be in the merchant navy, ferry services, in inspection and surveillance, or in the offshore business within wind turbines, oil and gas, or cable laying. You can also pursue a managerial career with a shipping company or other parts of the maritime sector ashore.

Please note that our master mariner programme is conducted mainly in Danish, and you have to have an educational contract with an approved Danish shipping company, before you embark on the education.

Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Maritime security
Navigation and seamanship