Maritime Operations

This program is a joint master study program between The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Emden/Leer. The program takes 4 semesters. The first semester is compulsory in Haugesund (Norway) and the second semester compulsory in Leer (Germany). The lectures are all given in English. The two partner institutions provide each one profile that can be elected in the third semester. This determines the location of study. The master thesis in the fourth semester should be within the frame of the profile. Overall 120 ECTS are reached when completed the study programme.

The study programme sets out to cover maritime operations, with ship technology and management as supporting framework. Maritime operations will during the programme cover different aspects related to different maritime operations; the international aspect (such as regulations), the technical aspect (such as ship stability), the organizational aspect (such as the complex relationship between human and technical factors) and the managerial aspect (such as safety and risk) throughout the two compulsory semesters. In the maritime industry of today the technological, operational and managerial aspects are entwined and technology and management will both be present in some form in all maritime operations.

The international aspects of ship technology, maritime operations and management are anchored in the international nature of the maritime industry, in addition to the international dimension of the programme itself. Maritime operations covered in the programme are of an international character, such as the maritime industry itself, and include several technical and managerial aspects through operations related to ships, installations and subsea/offshore vessels, as well as operations above and below the waterline and along the coastline.The Maritime Operations programme combines the nautical domain with its focus on operational and organizational aspects with the engineering domain, which focuses on the technical aspects, as well as managerial aspects related to the operational perspective. The purpose of such a combination is to cover maritime operations in depth and educate students able to contributing to improve and develop such operations, e.g. related to safety and efficiency, and who will be a valued asset for the maritime industry both off- and onshore with their complete and updated knowledge.

This program is only taught in English.

The students can apply for this study programme at both universities. A common selection committee will select the students from all the applicants. The students are enrolled at both universities. For the examinations the local examination rules are applied. A good level of understanding and speaking of English is recommended. At least a B2 level according the Common European Framework of References for Language is required.

Application deadline

Nordic applicants: June 15th

EU applicants: June 15th

Non EU-applicants: April 15th

Formal prerequisites

The program is facilitated for maritime professionals and engineers with a bachelor's degree or equivalent. The general admission requirement is relevant bachelor's degree with 80 ECTS credits specialization in technical and / or nautical courses, or equivalent professional education. Applicants to the study program must fulfil one of the following specific requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, relevant courses, - 180 ECTS credits or equivalent
  • Bachelor degree in Nautical Science, relevant courses, - 180 ECTS credits or equivalent
  • Bachelor degree in Maritime Studies, relevant courses, -180 ECTS credits or equivalent

The program starts under precondition of final approval.

A student who applies to the "International Ship Technology, Maritime Operations and Management" Masters Programme needs to upload the following documents within the deadlines;

  • Certificates and Diplomas from previous studies at a recognized higher education institution, or provide documentation indicating that the student will earn his/her first degree (not less than 3 years of full time studies) from such an institution by the time of enrolling in the Programme.
  • Transcript of completed courses and grades for each semester (including course-list)
  • Proof of English language skills (B2 CEF or equivalent)
  • Statement of Purpose/motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the passport ID page
  • Additional information related to the field

All documents, except for copies of the passport ID page and diploma/degree certificate must be submitted in English. All copies should be certified by the respective institutions, i.e. lawyers, Ministries, etc.

The Selection Committee will select the students on the basis of their:

  • Relevant academic background (bachelor or equivalent).

If two or more candidates are of similar ranking, then the statement of Purpose/Motivation Letter will be taken into consideration upon selecting the candidates.

Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Haugesund, Leer
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English