Advanced Maritime Operations are in the center of Western Norways shipping activities. The future for product- and system design is unlimited.

You can be part of moulding the offshore-future with a Masters Degree in Product and System Design from Aalesund University College.


The program focuses on the design of ship equipment and maritime systems. You will be challenged in developing new solutions that are safe, environmentally friendly and efficient. You will learn about advanced systems that include robots, cranes and winches used in deck solutions which address the complex interactions between operators.

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.

Part of the program combines theory and practice by students spending time with the nearby maritime companies. The maritime cluster around Aalesund is among the most complete in the World, and Norwegian maritime enterprises together form an internationally competitive, expertise-based industry that comprises an unrivalled degree of professionalism. You will acquire skills and attitudes to act efficiently within the design of maritime products and systems in the offshore industry throughout the world.

Career opportunities

With a Master Degree in Product- and System Design from Aalesund University College you are well prepared to work in design and engineering companies, shipbuilding and ship owner companies, and in the offshore industry all over the world. During your studies you will be able to spend time with the nearby industry.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non-EU citizens -1 March; Norwegian, Nordic and EU/EEA citzens - 15 April
Tuition fee

Norwegian universities and state university colleges do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries, and you need to pay for your own books/teaching material.

Not specified
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

Professional Master Degree (90 ECTS credits)

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 48 months

Course Content

Subjects and course modules


  • Product Family Design
  • Industrial Design and Human Factors
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
  • Machinery Systems Design
  • Mechatronics, Robots and Deck Machines
  • Product- and System Design
  • Scientific Theory and Methods
  • Managing International Corporations

Course modules

  • Predictive Control
  • Human-Machine-Interaction
  • Lean Systems
  • System Modelling
  • System Simulation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Automation of Repeated Design Tasks
  • Structural Integration of Heavy Equipment on hull structures
  • Platform Design
  • Visualization
  • Ships and Systems for Cold and Harsh Environments
  • Advance Marine Operations
  • Safety Evaluation of Advanced Marine Operations
  • Multiphysics

Modules are taught by teams involved in maritime operations. The modules are taught as short, intensive courses. Qualified lecturers come from all over the world.

Structure of the programme

  • Discipline Oriented Master Programme (120 ECTS credits): Two years full-time, or four years part-time
  • Professional Master Degree (90 ECTS credits): 1.5 years full-time, or three years part-time


Discipline Oriented Master Degree (120 ECTS credits):

  • BSc in engineering in mechanical or marine technology or a documented, equivalent education
  • Documented English skills
  • Sufficient funding

Professional Oriented Master Degree (90 ECTS credits):

  • BSc in engineering in mechanical or marine technology or a documented, equivalent education
  • Documented English skills
  • Two years documented, relevant experience in product development, engineering and design
  • Sufficient funding

Applicants with other BSc specialisation may be considered for admission, but must enclose detailed information in English concerning the contents of their BSc programme (list of courses and preferably syllabus with detailed course descriptions).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Aalesund University College, Norway

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