Product and System Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
Advanced Maritime Operations are in the center of Western Norway’s shipping activities. The future for product- and system design is unlimited. You can be part of moulding the offshore-future with a Master’s Degree in Product and System Design offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Ålesund.


The Master’s Degree in Product and System Design offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 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 Ålesund 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.


As a graduate of our programme you can look forward to working with challenges connected to developing automated and remotely controlled deck solutions as well as new machinery and propulsion systems to meet both the strict economic requirements and the environmental goals aiming for zero emission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Modelling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems
  • CAE - Computer Aided Engineering
  • Systems Engineering - Complex Systems Theory Applied to Maritime Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Lean Systems
  • Custormer Value System
  • Product Architecture Modelling
  • Machinery Systems Design and Analysis
  • Mechatronics, Robots and Decks Machines
  • Industrial Design and Human Factor
  • Life-Cycle Cost Management
  • Design Visualization and 3D Animations.
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The normal requirements for entry to the MSc programmes will be a Bachelor of Science degree or a similar qualification (at least 3 years of university study) in areas related to mechanical engineering, automation, mechatronics, ship design or similar marine technology degree, with minimum 30 ECTS mathematics (one semester) or a documented, equivalent education. An average grade equivalent to a Norwegian C is required in order to be considered.

All lectures are given in English. A good working knowledge of English is therefore essential. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to complete a graduate programme in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ålesund

  • 12000 - 17000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financing and financial deposit

There are no tuition fees at NTNU. There are a very limited number of scholarships available for specific student groups (E.g. Quota Scheme or Erasmus Mundus scholarship).
All international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway while attending university.

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