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
Place of Study
Haugesund and Leer
Language of instruction
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
Accredited by ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of Hannover)
Faculty of Maritime Sciences
The international aspects of ship technology, maritime operations and management are anchored in the international nature of the maritime industry. That is why the programme itself has an international dimension.
Maritime operations covered in the programme 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 programme 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.
EXAMPLES OF JOBS & TASKS:
- 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 programme: environmental system analysis, maritime technology and finance.
The study programme 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.
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.
Link to the application portal in Norway.
Link to the norwegian ID Portal
Deadline is March 1st for non EU students and those who want early admission. For all other students the deadline is June 15th.
The programme is scheduled to start at September 1st in Haugesund, Norway. It is recommended to arrive two weeks earlier.
The second semester is starting 1st of March in Leer.
A student who applies to the “Maritime Operations” Masters Programme needs to upload these documents within the deadlines.
A common selection committee will select the students from all the applicants. A good level of understanding and speaking of English is recommended. At least a B2 level.
Deadlines for application
|Non EU||15.01. - 01.03.|
|EU||01.05. - 15.06.|
A student who applies to the “Maritimes Operations" Masters Programme needs to upload the following documents within the deadlines;
- Certificates and Diplomas from previous studies at a recognised 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.
- regarding the study program
Mrs. Wenke Meyer: Program Coordinator
Contact hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 11:00
Fon.: 0491 / 928 17-50 68
- for orientation and study decision
- regarding finance
- regarding the application
Mrs. Wenke Meyer: Program Coordinator
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.
The teaching and learning methods are varied. The aim is to enable the students to participate actively and to build up independent thinking. The teaching methods are lectures, solving exercises in groups, and problem-based learning. In addition to individual work, group work is encouraged throughout the programme. It is expected that the students show up for class well prepared, as the lecturers place a significant amount of time and effort in preparing the lectures.
Information and communication technology are integrated in the teaching, with Moodle/fronter and computer based support systems as important tools in the scientific and educational work.