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Maritime Engineering (Nordic Master), Master of Science (Technology)

This programme is based on the expertise of the participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering (NMME)  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 Master in Maritime Engineering are: Aalto University, Chalmers University of Technology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Open-water ship model testing in the Aalto Ice Tank basin

Degree:

Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

15.12.2022 – 1.3.2023

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

The application period will open 15.12.2022 08:00 (UTC+2)

Description

The Master program in Maritime Engineering is concentrated on ships, including, yachts and offshore structures, their design, construction and operation and their interaction with the environment.

You learn to apply rational methods within mathematics, numeric analyses, fluid mechanics and structural mechanics to analyze, design and technically operate ships and offshore structures. Moreover, you will understand the special, high demands to these structures for instance with respect to safety and consideration for the environment.

Language of instruction

Teaching language is english

Tuition fees and scholarships

Fees

You will be paying fees and charges directly to the university where you are enrolled. The fee will correspond to the fee level of that university.

Currently Aalto, Chalmers and DTU charge fees to non-EU/EEA students. Please read more at the individual universities' webpage:

Scholarships

There are no particular scholarships attached to the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering programme.

For sholarships or tuition fee waivers at the partner universities read more at the individual universities' webpages:

Structure of studies

The programme is structured in two parts:

  1. In the first year (Entry), you learn topics of maritime engineering, naval architecture and offshore engineering on Master level: stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship and ocean structures. If you did not have naval architecture as part of your bachelors’ programme, you will also have basic introductory courses in naval architecture. In addition to maritime engineering courses, you must do courses on general and special engineering competences, such as CFD, structural analysis, composite materials etc. The emphasis on each subject will depend on the entrance university and your entrance qualifications. In particular Aalto but also NTNU offer elective courses in Arctic maritime engineering as part of the curricula
  2. In the second year(Exit), you specialize in one of the four subjects: ocean structures, passenger ships, ship design and ship operations . Each of the subjects defines a study track. The subject of your thesis must be wituin the study track.

It is required that you start at one of the partner universities for part 1 and finish your studies at another university for part 2.

Specialisations

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 use of cranes on mobile platforms for installation of subsea modules. The study track is discipline based and includes groups of courses within marine environment, environmental loads, effects of loads, structural capacity and marine cybernetics.
Read more in Study tracks section

Passenger Ships (Aalto)

This study track gives comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimization 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 stakeholder's preferences.
Read more in Study tracks section

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 utilize and link together knowledge from all the marine engineering courses of the first year.
Read more in Study tracks section

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 optimizing the performance of ships (container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, ro-ro ships etc.) with respect to safety, efficiency, economics and environmental considerations.
Read more in Study tracks section

Internationalisation

The staff involved in the programme is active in research and has published numerous papers in internationally acknowledged journals as well as several text books for graduate students. Furthermore, several members of the staff are involved in international cooperation within research and development projects, financed for instance by the European Union.

The education includes lectures, seminars, and a large amount of project work. It is given in close connection to different companies which enables visits, guest lectures and sharp project work.

All universities are well equipped with data bars and other computing facilities making it possible to include numerical simulation in the learning process and in this way to prepare you for your future work in industry or science.

Besides, each partner university has special facilities:

Aalto
Chalmers
DTU 
NTNU

Further study opportunities

Nordic Masters in Maritime Engineering is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

Career opportunities

A NMME graduate will typically be employed as a naval architect or offshore engineer by consultancies, design officers, ship owners, maritime administrations, offshore companies, classification societies or suppliers of special equipment. The roles in the enterprise may be those of chief executive, development manager, team manager, consultant, specialist, or researcher.

Research focus

Marine and Arctic Technology

We focus on the behaviour of ships and structures in normal and extreme environments. We do our research by considering the safety of maritime transportation, as well as the experiences the marine environment can offer to cruise vessel passengers.

Co-operation with other parties

The Nordic Five Tech universities have very high academic standards and are amongst the top international technical universities. The universities provide excellent opportunities for students to pursue their specific academic interest. By pooling resources through the Nordic Five Tech collaboration we are able to offer world-class facilities in the respective universities’ areas of excellence

Study tracks and courses

Please read about the 4 Study tracks and courses here:

Admission

Admissions for the programme are processed by Aalto University. DEADLINE 1ST MARCH 2023. Application form will be open 15 December

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 or NTNU,
    • Mechanical engineering if starting at Aalto University, Chalmers
  • A BEng in Mechanical Engineering is accepted for starting Aalto University, Chalmers.
  • 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.
    • The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics and applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements (a qualification checklist for this documentation must be attached to your application; it is part of the Application Summary and Motivation Statement form and can be found below):
    • A student may apply to the programme with an incomplete degree as long as the degree is completed no later than July 31, 2023. At the application stage, the student must provide documentation of registering or planning to complete the last courses needed for the degree. The diploma must be presented to administration staff before starting the first year of study.

Language requirements

The English language requirements below meet the standards of all partner universities. Make sure to check the validity of the presented test results:

  • TOEFL and IELTS test results are valid for two years from the date of the test and for 2023 admissions, results are valid if the test was taken on or after December 15, 2020.
  • For Cambridge, only C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency tests that can be verified online, i.e. tests taken after 2005, are accepted.

TOEFL
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing or
TOEFL PDT (Paper-delivered Test): Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24

IELTS Academic (IELTS General Training is not accepted)
6.5, no section lower than 5.5

Cambridge
C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE): A,B tai C or
C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE): A,B,C tai Level C1

English language test exemptions:

  1. Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in a EU/EEA country (while residing in that country).
  2. Applicants who have completed a higher education degree in English in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or United States of America (while residing in that country).
  3. Applicants who have completed primary and secondary education in English in a EU/EEA country, Switzerland, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or United States of America (while residing in that country).
  4. Applicants who have completed a upper secondary education and a Bachelor's degree in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway) while residing in that country.

A minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the student from an English language test.

Prepare to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of study records (if you apply with incomplete degree, attach only the latest transcript of records)
  • Curriculum Vitae – preferably 1 page, content and design free-form
  • Motivation letter – preferably 1 page, content and design free-form
  • Copy of valid passport or ID card with photo and information on citizenship
  • English language test certificate
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - can be from university or work – preferably 1 page, content and design free-form

If you apply for exemption from a language test certificate on the basis of completing long syllabus studies of English in at a secondary school in Finland, Sweden, Denmark or Norway you are required to present a general upper secondary education certificate, possible Matriculation examination certificate and/or vocational qualification certificate

Admission timeline

The admission process is coordinated by Aalto University. Link to the application form (Studyinfo.fi) appears on these pages when the application opens.

For studies beginning in the autumn of 2023, the admission timeline is as follows:

December 15, 2022 at 9 AM (UTC +2) Application period starts and online application form in Studyinfo opens
March 1, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2) Application period ends and online application form in Studyinfo closes
March 8, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2) Deadline for application documents to be uploaded to application form
March 2023 Eligible applications undergo academic evaluation
Beginning of April 2023 Admissions results published
30 days from publishing admission results Deadline for accepting study offer
May 26, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3) Deadline for submitting certified (attested) hard copy documents
July 31, 2023     For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for graduation 
August 17, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3) For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for submitting certified copy of degree certificate
End of August 2023 Studies begin with orientation week at first-year university

Evaluation

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.

Finland Scholarship for Master students

Non-EU/EEA applicants who are liable to pay tuition fees at Aalto University can apply for a Finland Scholarship (100 % tuition-fee waiver+ 5000 €). Nordic Master students who are subject to tuition fees at Aalto and who receive the Category A (100%) tuition-fee waiver for their first year of studies at Aalto may receive the Finland Scholarship. Students who come to Aalto as their selected exit (second-year) university in Nordic Master programme may not receive the Finland Scholarship.

Students selected to the programme starting their first year at Aalto University apply for Finland Scholarship along the Aalto University scholarship (tuition fee waiver) in the application form.

Read more: https://www.aalto.fi/en/admission-services/scholarships-and-tuition-fees

Contact information

For questions concerning academic studies contact Professor Jani Romanoff, [email protected]

For questions concerning administrative and admission issues contact Planning Officer Börje Helenius, [email protected]

Contact information

Börje Helenius

Planning officer

[email protected]

+35850 590 6388

Aalto Admission Service

Information about applying

[email protected]

+358 2944 29290

The application period will open 15.12.2022 08:00 (UTC+2)

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