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MSc Offshore & Dredging Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost €2.143 (Dutch+EU/EFTA) € 18.750 (non-EU)

The overall objective of the Delft University of Technology Offshore & Dredging Engineering MSc Degree curriculum is to prepare its participants to work in and lead teams of engineers which design all sorts of man-made objects to be used in localized areas of the (deeper) sea.
The entire MSc curriculum lasts two academic years and consists of 120 ECTS. The courses which make up the Offshore & Dredging Engineering MSc curriculum are divided into the core curriculum and a specialisation of choice.

Generally speaking, each participant is expected to include the following in his or her own study programme:

  • The common core curriculum
  • One specialisation
  • Elective courses to complement 120 ECTS

The Core Curriculum

The core curriculum for the master degree Offshore Engineering consists of the following courses. These courses total 75 ECTS, including the thesis. Below you will find a short description of all the courses and a link to the official Digital Study Guide. For each of the specialisations there is a supplement core curriculum, these can be seen in the specialisations pages.

What you will learn

The knowledge taught in the master will allow students to design structures that need to withstand the extreme environment present offshore. They will learn about the relatively short history of the industry, the application of the ISO norms and regulations, how to appropriately design and offshore substructure and much more industry related knowledge. 

Offshore & Dredging Engineers design some of the worlds largest structures such as fixed and floating platforms for the oil and gas industry. They also design subsea pipelines and other subsea equipment for this sector. An important feature is the design of dredging equipment for land reclamation, maintenance and the recovery of embedded minerals in deep-sea locations. Another application of offshore engineering is the design of offshore wind farms. The Global Offshore Drilling Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 6.2% over the next decade to reach approximately $153 billion by 2025. An impressive recent operation in the Offshore industry was the decommissioning of the Brent Delta topside. Where the Pioneering Spirit, one of the largest vessels in the world 124 x 382 m vessel, lifted the 24,000 tonne topside off its structure to take it to a dry dock for further decommissioning. 


The offshore & dredging industry is a relatively young, international industry, which has expanded globally in the last fifty years. Almost all new offshore & dredging engineers work in the private sector. The offshore & dredging industry’s relative ’youth’ means that problems often arise that have never been encountered before. This means that offshore & dredging workers (and students of offshore & dredging engineering) must possess a great deal of ingenuity and demonstrate initiative in addressing and resolving problems.


The programme consists of four specialisations: Bottom Founded Structures, Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea Mining, Floating Offshore Structures and Structural Design & Analysis. 

Students with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering can enrol in this programme. Students with a different background should first consult the staff of Offshore Engineering to explore the possibilities.

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

ISCED Categories

Scientific modelling
Offshore and renewable energy
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Oil, gas and mineral resources
Near- and offshore constructions