Nordic Master in Maritime 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 Master in Maritime Engineering are:
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:
- 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.
- 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, DTUor NTNU for the first year and at Aalto University for the second.
The 4 study tracks are defined below, with the partner university responsible for the track given in parentheses.
The Ocean Structures study track is discipline based and gives you a strong foundation for design from first principles of any type of ocean structure. One may group individual courses into
description of the marine environment, including oceanography and theories for ocean waves, current and wind,
environmental loads, primarily dealing with hydrodynamic forces from waves and current, and rigid body motions from such loads,
load effects, which means methods for calculation of displacements, internal forces and stresses in any kind of structures from static and dynamic loads. Linear and non-linear finite element analysis is the main tool for such analyses,
structural capacity, which covers fatigue and fracture based on material properties, but also buckling of structural elements and total collapse of structures,
marine cybernetics, dealing with control theory relevant for marine operations like station keeping, offshore loading, and use of remote operated (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).
These disciplines constitute the basis not only for design-oriented courses related to offshore structures and conventional ships, but also for courses dealing with marine operations like pipelaying, towing and use of cranes on mobile platforms for installation of subsea modules.
The last year of the program will include a Master thesis pre-project (25-50 % of the 3rd semester) and the Master thesis (100 % of the 4th semester). In typical projects you will apply some of the disciplines on practical problems related to a large variety of ocean structures like new ship designs, offshore platforms, high speed vehicles, fish farms, wave energy converters and offshore windmills.
As a graduate you will typically be employed in engineering companies involved in offshore projects for the petroleum industry, oil companies and marine entrepreneurs. The largest individual employer of engineers with this background is the classification foundation Det Norske Veritas, whose main activity is ship classification but also deals with risk management in other industry branches.
The study track Passenger Ships gives you comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimization of passenger ships. The studies cover both the basic knowledge as well as application of risk-assessment methods in ship design. The conflicting interests of various stakeholders will be addressed during the studies, and as a student you learn to create solutions that satisfy the stakeholders’ preferences.
The aim of the studies is to work on the same project ship throughout the specialization semester and work on different parts of this ship during different courses. The courses taken will be chosen so that they support the project work. The knowledge and know-how obtained in this way will at the same time be deep and synthesized. In addition you will be forced to plan the time spent on different parts, providing you the capability to work on challenging projects with limited resources.
After graduation you have acquired special knowledge related to the design and analysis of passenger ships. As a graduate you can:
describe the multidisciplinary nature of passenger ship design:
arts/design: you can describe the connection between the general arrangement and the passenger experience and the related trends,
economics: you can describe the economical relationship between shipyard, shipowner and passenger,
technology: you can classify and apply computational models and methods to assess the performance (stability, resistance, propulsion, structures, machinery) and risks of a design,
create a synthesis of the different disciplines of the design problem with emphasis on critical thinking,
formulate a design problem in the field of passenger ship design taking into account the multidisciplinary nature of the problem and solve the problem in a systematic and creative fashion,
work within a team of experts having different backgrounds (education, values, language, culture).
As a graduate you typically work at the shipyard design department, at design offices, classification societies, auth, or in the ship owner’s technical department.
Large quantities of raw material and manufactured products are transported all over the globe by ship. It is a great engineering challenge to develop new ship systems that can make future shipping an even more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation than it is today. The aim of the Ship Design track is to give you an internationally attractive and competitive education within planning, design and analysis of large structures from the point of view of strength, hydrodynamic and systems engineering.
After the first year you will have a thorough knowledge within all main topics of marine engineering: ship stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship structural design. Depending on your previous education, e.g. BSc Naval Architecture or BSc Mechanical Engineering, and the first year at the university, you will also study different elective and speciality courses (see curricula).
In the second year 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”. The student teams will be 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. In the project you must utilize and link together knowledge from all the marine engineering courses of the first year. During the Ship design project you will also study two elective courses chosen from a pool of various relevant courses.
After graduation you will typically be employed by a ship owner, a consultancy, a classification society, a supplier of marine equipment, a maritime administration or a research institution. Your work will involve a large degree of development, if not entirely directed at research, and it will be done in an entirely international atmosphere and require cooperation with people with different backgrounds, mainly from the maritime world.
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 the performance of ships (container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro ships etc.) with respect to safety, efficiency, economics and environmental considerations. In this way you will learn how to improve and optimize vessel performance from a technical point of view for operation and to participate in design of new vessels with better operational performance.
In the study track the topics of classical maritime engineering (basic naval architecture, stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship structures) are applied in an approach where the ship operation is in focus. In this view, for instance the ship in waves is not only important for the sea loads and motions, but also for the ship structures and the fatique life of the structural elements. The ship motions also result in added resistance and drift forces that should be taken into consideration not only when designing the ship, its propeller(s) and selection of its engine(s), but also for evaluation its best course and speed under given weather conditions.
In addition to the subjects mentioned above, the track contains the following topics:
- decision support systems for navigational and operational guidance of ships,
- risk-based approaches in the prediction of statistical response values for operational and design evaluations,
- human factors that affect ship operations,
- human factor disciplines in the design process with regards to decision support systems.
As a graduate you will typically be employed by a ship owner in the technical department, a consultancy, a classification society, a supplier of marine equipment or a research institution. Your work will involve a large degree of development, if not entirely directed at research, and it will be done in an entirely international atmosphere and require cooperation with people with different backgrounds, mainly from the maritime world.
Admissions for the programme are processed by Aalto University. DEADLINE 1ST MARCH 2022. Online application form will be open 1 December https://opintopolku.fi/hakemus/haku/22.214.171.1242.29.00000000000000005820?lang=fi
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.
- 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.
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.
TOEFL (IBT or PDT):
- 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.
- 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, South Africa, Switzerland or the United States.
- Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.
- 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).