MSc in Ship Design

General information

The programme focuses on the design of ships for demanding marine operations. A well-behaving ship is crucial in performing the complex operations necessary to support the installation of subsea field equipment. Simulation of the vessel behaviour can be used to plan the operation, to identify potential risks, to train the operative personnel, and to optimize the ship design for unique operations. The study is closely linked to NTNU in Ålesund's R&D activities on simulation of vessel behaviour and marine operations.

You will learn about the structural integrity of the hull and the hydrodynamic performance of the vessel. A thorough theoretical understanding in these fields is essential in exploiting the possibilities of the modern computer tools for analysis and simulation.

You will also concentrate on the maritime operations that the ship is performing, and you will be simulating these operations in order to design the required maritime systems in the most efficient way.

Discipline oriented master degree - 120 ECTS

The first year is made up of five subjects (where one of the subjects should be chosen between two alternative subjects and/or the "Best Practice"-modules). 

The second year includes more specialized studies, including projects and a master thesis. Much of the programme is linked to industrial issues.

For part time study, please look at the program plan and course plans and make sure to choose dependent courses in correct order.

Professional oriented master degree - 90 ECTS

If you are taking the professional oriented master degree (90 ECTS) you must make an individual progress plan. Make sure to choose dependent courses in correct order by consulting the study plan below.  

Learning outcome:

Job prospects. The programme focuses on the design of ships -equipment and maritime systems. As a graduate of our programme you can look forward to work with challenges connected to developing automated and remotely controlled deck solutions as well as new machinery and propulsion systems to meet both the strict economic requirements and the environmental goals aiming for zero emission. Innovative use of materials and developing equipment working in challenging environments, with below zero temperatures in northern regions and several thousand meters below the surface of the ocean in Brazil, are other examples of advanced maritime operations to be carried out in near future.

Learning outcome - Knowledge

  • has general knowledge within the marine technologies fields.
  • has advanced knowledge within the specified field (master thesis topic)
  • is able to understand and use proper terminology. 

Learning outcome - Skills

  • Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field of marine technologies.
  • Can work independently on practical and theoretical problems (find the relevant sources, methods).
  • Is able to work with modern computer programs (CAD programs, CFD programs )

Learning outcome - General competence

  • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • Can communicate extensive independent work and master language and terminology of the academic field
  • Can communicate about academic issues, analysis and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.
Contact Person: student adviser (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Aalesund, Norway


Open from
1 Nov 2016 to 1 Dec 2016


There are no tuition fees for the Master's degree programmes, but all students must have sufficient funding to cover cost of living (including accommodation, food, transport, books etc). Please note that Norwegian authorities require all international students to document how they will finance their studies in Norway when applying for student visa to Norway.


1. A first degree (a bachelor's degree) in a relevant field

Discipline oriented master's degree in Ship design - 120 ECTS

Bachelor in marine technology or equivalent, including at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics.

Professional oriented master's degree in Ship design - 90 ECTS

Bachelor in marine technology or equivalent, including at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics. Two years documented, relevant experience in product development, engineering and design.

2. English proficiency

3. Proof of financing for non-EU / non-EEA citizens

4. Excellent academic performance: A minimum requirement for admission to all programmes is the grade C or better on the ECTS scale. Note that admission is highly competitive. 

NTNU converts GPAs for education from other countries than Norway, and applicants are ranked based on this assessment. We do not have the capacity to assess your grade average before you apply, and requests to do so will not be obliged. 

Application Procedure:  

Application deadline


  • Non-EU applicants

Main application deadline: 1 December

Deadline for uploading documentation: 15 December

Documentation of English / HEC and CHESICC verification: 1 February

Sending of answers to applications: Around 5 April

  • EU/EEA applicants

Main application deadline: 1 March

Deadline for uploading documentation: 15 March

Documentation of English / HEC and CHESICC verification: 1 April

Sending of answers to applications: Around 25 May

  • Norwegian applicants and applicants from other Nordic countries

Main application deadline: 15 April

Deadline for uploading documentation: 1 July

Documentation of English / HEC and CHESICC verification: --

Sending of answers to applications: Around 15 July


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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