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Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

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.
Open-water ship model testing in the Aalto Ice Tank basin


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2021 – 1.3.2022

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

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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 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

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 or NTNU for the first year and at Aalto University for the second.

Study tracks

The 4 study tracks are defined below, with the partner university responsible for the track given in parentheses.

Study tracks


Admissions for the programme are processed by Aalto University. DEADLINE 1ST MARCH 2022. Application form will be open 1st 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, 2021. 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 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)
  • Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)


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


University of Cambridge tests, at least one of the following:

  • Certificate in Advanced English
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English

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, South Africa, Switzerland, 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.

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


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 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:

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) application in March-April (separate online-application send by e-mail to new students).

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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]

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