Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Application period:

2017-11-01 - 2018-03-01

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The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering (NMME) is based on the expertise of the participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. The programme targets international students wishing to profit from the Nordic Five Tech universities' long-standing tradition and competence in the field and Nordic students wishing to specialise in a specific area of expertise offered within the alliance. Member institutions of Nordic Five Tech are:

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.


Study tracks

The five study tracks are defined below, with the partner university responsible for the track given in parentheses.

Ocean Structures (NTNU)

This study track gives you a strong foundation for design of any type of ocean structure, from conventional ships to offshore structures. It also deals with marine operations like pipelaying, towing and the use of cranes on mobile platforms for installing subsea modules. This study track is discipline-based and includes groups of courses within marine environment, environmental loads, effects of loads, structural capacity and marine cybernetics.

Passenger Ships (Aalto University)

This study track gives a comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimisation of passenger ships. The conflicting interests of various stakeholders (passenger, ship owner, shipyard) will be addressed during the studies and you will be forced to create a solution that satisfies the stakeholders' demands.

Ship Design (Chalmers)

In this study track, you will be part of a project team and work with a problem-oriented and realistic ship design project with a company from the maritime industry as the “customer”. You will be part of a student team guided by professional engineers from industry and faculty members from Chalmers. The initial design process prior to an order of a new ship is covered during the project following the demands of the customer. The project will take place during the second year and you will utilise and link together knowledge from all the marine engineering courses of the first year.

Ship Operations (DTU)

In popular terms, the definition of this study track is that it mainly deals with naval architecture and maritime engineering from the point of view of the ship owner, i.e. it deals with ships at sea. You will learn to apply rational methods in analysing and optimising the performance of ships (container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, ro-ro ships etc.) with respect to safety, efficiency, economics and environmental considerations.

Small Craft (KTH)

This study track is designed to prepare you for the engineering challenges of the design and engineering of the group of vessels often called small craft. The group includes fast rescue boats, patrol boats, pilot vessels and other similar vessels. Yachts are also covered within the track. These craft must be able to carry out their vital operations safely and efficiently during the toughest weather conditions. For yachts, the demand is that they sail safely – and win their races. You will learn to apply rational methods for innovative design, including advanced materials and more. Moreover, methods for efficient design processes and system engineering aspects related to small craft design are also included in this track.


Admissions for the programme are processed by DTU. Applications to the programme must be submitted through the DTU admission system. NEW DEADLINE 1ST MARCH 2018!

In order to apply for the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering, you must fulfil a number of requirements. These requirements apply to all applicants for the programme, regardless of which university you decide to apply for.

Degree requirements

  • A BSc degree corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits in:
    • Naval Architecture if starting at Aalto University, Chalmers, DTU, KTH or NTNU,
    • Mechanical engineering if starting at Aalto University, Chalmers or KTH
  • A BEng in Mechanical Engineering is accepted for starting Aalto University, Chalmers and KTH.
  • Applicants with a BEng in Naval Architecture, or a BSc or BEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, in Ocean Engineering, in Civil Engineering or in Engineering Physics will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The applicant's qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics and applicant must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:
    • Mathematics: 25 ECTS. Including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations.
    • Statistics and probability theory: 5 ECTS. Students without this qualification must be prepared to complete their curriculum during the first year.
    • Statics, mechanical vibrations, and strength of materials: 10–15 ECTS.
    • Fluid mechanics: min. 5 ECTS. Moreover, the applicant must have sufficient qualifications within numerical methods and elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language.* Applicants with a Polytechnic (FI), Högskoleingeniör (SE) and Diplomingeniør (DK) degree may be expected to do extra course work to qualify for the programme.

Language requirements

The applicants must have an excellent command of English and they must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL and IELTS. No other English proficiency tests are accepted.


  • Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4.5)
  • Computer-based test: 237 (essay writing grade 4.5)
  • Internet-based test: 88 (written section grade 22)


  • 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted)

When filling in the online application form, the test date and the test scores have to be filled in if they are already available. The results are valid for two years. The language test result has to be valid during the application period, meaning that the test result has to be valid at least on the first day of the application period. Please note that the ETS does not send TOEFL test results after they have expired.


  1. Applicants who have completed a higher education degree and the requisite studies in an English-language programme requiring a physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States. 
  2. Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.
  3. Applicants with upper secondary education and a Bachelor’s degree (issued or ongoing if the applicant is currently enrolled in the last semester) from a Nordic country shall provide proof of English proficiency, for example by providing transcripts from their upper secondary education.



All applications are academically evaluated by the consortium's partner universities. The candidates who meet the above requirements are ranked based on the their academic achievements. Admission is based on a joint decision by the admission board of the consortium.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Currently, Aalto University, DTU, KTH and Chalmers charge fees to non-EU/EEA students. Some universities also charge an application fee and some have a compulsory student union fee. Please read more at the individual universities' websites:

Contact information

For questions concerning the Aalto University study track, contact Professor Jani Romanoff, jani.romanoff [at] aalto [dot] fi

For questions concerning administrative issues in Aalto University, contact Planning Officer Börje Helenius, borje.helenius [at] aalto [dot] fi

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