M.Sc. Ship Design

Aalesund University College

Application deadline: Non-EU citizens: 1 March; Norwegian, Nordic and EU/EEA citzens: 15 April
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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A ship is a very complex organism. Various systems act in concert to perform the different tasks a ship may be designed to carry out.

Aalesund University College is situated in the middle of the worlds largest maritime cluster, and you will benefit from international and regional expertise.

It is a great engineering challenge to design new ship systems that could turn shipping into the most efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation in the future. New ship design is typically in response to needs coming from new technologies, changes in the world politics, new strategies and lessons learned from previous ship development.

During your second semester you choose one of the following majors:

* Ship Structural Design. In this course you will study the factors influencing the structural design of ships. Theoretical understanding of the structural capacity of a ship is accompanied by up-to-date practical calculation methods.

* Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). A theoretical background to numerical prediction of fluid flow is given. CFD tools are used to predict the resistance of ship hulls and to study local flows for design optimization of various structural details (brackets, rudder positions, etc.)

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


Subjects and course modulesSubjects
* Product Family Design
* Industrial Design and the Human Factor
* Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
* Ship Design
* Ship Hydrodynamics
* Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
* Ship Structural Design
* Managing International Corporations
* Scientific Theory and Methods

Course modules
* Lean systems
* System modelling
* System simulation
* System 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
* Advanced Marine Operations
* Safety Evaluation of Marine Operations
* Supply Chain Management
* 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).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

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