Maritime Engineering (Nordic Master), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering is based on the expertise of the participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. The Maritime Engineering (Nordic Master) programme is offered by the Aalto University.


Study programme

NMME is based on first principles within the design, construction and operation of ships and offshore structures, including their hydrostatics and stability, hydrodynamics, wave and wind loads and structural analyses. Teaching comprises lectures, assignments, workshops and project work. Theory is supported by experimental work and computer simulations are used intensively.

Aalto University - Passenger ships

Aalto University’s study track in the programme focuses on passenger ships. This study track gives a comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design, analysis and optimisation of passenger ships. Studies cover both basic knowledge as well as the application of risk-assessment methods in ship design. Studies also address the conflicting interests of different stakeholders and students are challenged to create solutions that satisfy stakeholders' demands.

The aim of the studies is to work on a single ship project throughout the specialisation semester and work on different parts of this ship within different courses. Course choices are thus made in a manner that supports the project. This way, the knowledge and know-how obtained will be simultaneously deep and synthesised. In addition, schedules must be planned for the different elements of a project, thus building the capability to work on challenging projects with limited resources.

Graduates of the passenger ship study track are ideal recruits for shipyard design departments, design offices, classification societies, etc.

The Maritime Engineering (Nordic Master) programme is offered by the Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Structure of studies

The programme is organised in two parts:

  • In your first year, you study master's-level topics within maritime engineering, naval architecture and offshore engineering: stability, resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring and ship and ocean structures. If you did not study naval architecture as part of your bachelor's degree, you will also have basic introductory courses in naval architecture. In addition to maritime engineering courses, you will take courses on general and special engineering competences, such as CFD, structural analysis, composite materials, etc. The emphasis in each subject will depend on the university and your entrance qualifications.
  • In the second year, you study your chosen specialisation: ocean structures, passenger ships, ship design, ship operations or small craft. Each subject defines a study track.
  • For more information, please visit programme website.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Credits
      120 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    Academic Requirements

    Applicants must hold one of the following degrees:

    • A BSc degree in Naval Architecture for start at Aalto, Chalmers, DTU, KTH and NTNU,
    • A BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering for start at Aalto, Chalmers and KTH
    • The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics and applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements (a qualification checklist for this documentation must be attached to your application; it is part of the Application Summary and Motivation Statement
    • When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic achievements and proficiency in English.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Helsinki

    • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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


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