Maritime Operations (M.Sc.)

This program is a joint master study program between the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer. Both Universities are well known for their maritime education and are closely connected to an active maritime Industry.

The first semester takes place in Haugesund (Norway) and the second semester in Leer (Germany). The two partner institutions provide each one profile that can be elected in the third semester. This then determines the location of study. The master thesis in the fourth semester should be within the frame of the chosen profile.

Master of Science


Period of study
4 semester

Semester start
winter semester

Place of Study
Haugesund and Leer

Language of instruction

Admission requirements
The program is facilitated for maritime professionals and engineers with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized academic institution. The general admission requirement is relevant bachelor's degree with 80 ECTS credits specialisation in technical and / or nautical courses, or equivalent professional education.

Open for all international Students. 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

Restriction on entry

Credit points
120 ECTS

Accredited by ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of Hannover)

Faculty of Maritime Sciences

Scholarship for German students and those with special connection to Germany as described in the announcement. Further information can be found here.

The international aspects of ship technology, maritime operations and management are anchored in the international nature of the maritime industry. That is why the program itself has an international dimension.

Maritime operations covered in the program include 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 program combines the nautical domain with its focus on operational and organisational 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 enable students to contribute to improve and to develop such operations – e.g. related to safety and efficiency.

Graduates with their complete and updated knowledge will be a valued asset for the maritime industry both off- and onshore.


  • Consultancy work based on an understanding of operations and environmental systems plus economical and technical advisory capacity for maritime structures.
  • Project management in companies within the maritime sector.
  • Innovation and development tasks within the academic core competencies of the program: environmental system analysis, maritime technology and finance.

The study program sets out to cover maritime operations, with ship technology and management as supporting framework. Maritime operations will 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.

A holistic approach in regard to economy, environment and development increases the attractiveness of the graduates for the maritime labor market. For this reason the student may choose between several specialisations, offered by international partner universities. The specialisation refer to the core education areas the respective partners are known for.

The workload in a course is measured in credits. One year full-time is 60 credits. Most courses are 10 or 6 credits. In a full-time study, a minimum of 40 hours of productive work each week during the study is required. Some students may need to use more time.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is responsible for the admission to this program. Please check the information page of HVL for information about admission requirements and deadlines.

You will find information about the required documents for application here.

A common selection committee will select the students from all the applicants. 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.

The students are enrolled at both universities. For the examinations the local examination rules are applied.

  • regarding the study program

Mrs. Wenke Meyer:   Program Coordinator
contact hours:           Monday - Friday  09:00 - 11:00
phone:                       +49-(0)491 / 928 17-50 68
mail:                           wenke.meyer|at|

  • for orientation and study decision

Student Counselling Service

  • regarding finance

Studentenwerk Oldenburg

  • regarding the application

Mrs. Wenke Meyer:  Program Coordinator