Mar­itime Engi­neer­ing; Coastal & Marine Civil Engi­neer­ing; Nau­ti­cal Sci­ence; Ship Design; Ship Oper­a­tions Education


The Nor­we­gian Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (NTNU) is Norway’s sec­ond largest uni­ver­sity located in Trond­heim. NTNU’s 53 depart­ments are spread out over seven major cam­puses includ­ing Tyholt for marine tech­nol­ogy. Every year about 3,300 stu­dents grad­u­ate and two-​thirds of which are master’s or PhD can­di­dates. In addi­tion to engi­neer­ing and the nat­ural and phys­i­cal sci­ences, the uni­ver­sity offers advanced degrees in other aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines rang­ing from the social sci­ences, the arts, med­i­cine, archi­tec­ture and fine art.

NTNU has sev­eral cam­puses in Trond­heim, with Gløshau­gen, for engi­neer­ing and sci­ences, and Dragvoll, for human­i­ties and social sci­ences as the main two. With 20,000 stu­dents study­ing a range of dis­ci­plines in seven dif­fer­ent fac­ul­ties, NTNU has more than 100 lab­o­ra­to­ries and is at any time run­ning some 2,000 research projects It has around 300 research agree­ments or exchange pro­grams with 58 insti­tu­tions worldwide.

With less than a thou­sandth of the world’s inhab­i­tants, Nor­way is world class in terms of marine sci­ence, marine tech­nol­ogy and mar­itime indus­trial enter­prise. Marine tech­nol­ogy encom­passes activ­i­ties tied to the largest export­ing indus­tries such as Oil and gas extrac­tion; Fish­eries tech­nol­ogy and aqua­cul­ture; and Marine engi­neer­ing and the asso­ci­ated indus­tries. The Depart­ment of Marine Tech­nol­ogy grad­u­ates 6080 mas­ters of engi­neer­ing stu­dents every year, and is the largest in its field in the west­ern world. The Cen­tre for Ships and Ocean Struc­tures (CeSOS) is hosted by the depart­ment, with approx. 50 PhD-​students and researchers from a host of countries.

Academic Programs

Inte­grated Mas­ters Program

  • MSc in Marine tech­nol­ogy (5 years): First two years of this degree pro­gram empha­size basic tech­no­log­i­cal sub­jects such as math­e­mat­ics, physics, chem­istry, etc as well as basic marine tech­nol­ogy. These basic sub­jects are the tool box you need to plunge into marine tech­no­log­i­cal challenges.

Inter­na­tional Mas­ters Programs

  • Nordic Mas­ter in Mar­itime Engi­neer­ing - NMME (2 years): The Nordic Mas­ter in Mar­itime Engi­neer­ing is based on the exper­tise of the five par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties within naval archi­tec­ture, off­shore engi­neer­ing and mar­itime engi­neer­ing. Par­tic­i­pants will profit from the Nordic Five Tech uni­ver­si­ties long stand­ing tra­di­tion and com­pe­tence in the field and Nordic stu­dents wish­ing to spe­cial­ize in a spe­cific area of exper­tise offered within the alliance. The pro­gram deals with ships, small craft, yachts and off­shore struc­tures. The pro­gram focuses on prin­ci­ples within design, con­struc­tion and oper­a­tion of ship and off­shore struc­tures, and their inter­ac­tion with the envi­ron­ment. The pro­gram is designed for stu­dents who wish to pur­sue a career in the tech­ni­cal mar­itime world, where they will coop­er­ate as pro­fes­sion­als on design­ing, build­ing or oper­at­ing ships, off­shore struc­tures, boats or other float­ing struc­tures. There are five study tracks - Ocean struc­tures (NTNU); Pas­sen­ger Ships (Aalto); Ship Design (Chalmers); Ship Oper­a­tions (DTU); and Small Craft (KTH).
  • MSc in Marine Tech­nol­ogy (2 years): The two year Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree in Marine Tech­nol­ogy gives you a chal­leng­ing and excit­ing edu­ca­tion for the future. Marine Tech­nol­ogy is an ideal spe­cial­iza­tion for first-​degree engi­neers with tech­ni­cal inter­ests. The Depart­ment of Marine Tech­nol­ogy offers three inter­na­tional options in this Mas­ter of Sci­ence study pro­gram - Nau­ti­cal sci­ence; Marine struc­tures; and Marine systems.
  • MSc in Coastal and Marine Civil Engi­neer­ing (2 years): This Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree pro­gram in Coastal and Marine Civil Engi­neer­ing is a two year grad­u­ate study pro­gram which inte­grates Nor­we­gian and for­eign stu­dents. As such, all lec­tures are con­ducted in Eng­lish. While the first year of the study con­sists of basic com­pul­sory and optional courses on grad­u­ate level, the sec­ond year pro­vides a spe­cial­iza­tion in Marine Civil Engi­neer­ing through a spe­cial­iza­tion project and course.
  • MSc in Coastal and Marine Engi­neer­ing and Man­age­ment (2 years): Eras­mus Mundus Pro­gram. Please check TU Delft sec­tion of this website.

Research Pro­gram

  • PhD in Marine Tech­nol­ogy: The typ­i­cal length for the PhD pro­gram in Marine Tech­nol­ogy is three years; this is com­prised of one semes­ter of addi­tional study and 2.5 years of dis­ser­ta­tion work and research. Three of these pro­grams are financed by the Nor­we­gian Research Coun­cil - Scenario-​based risk assess­ment of ship col­li­sions and ground­ing; Marine com­pu­ta­tional fluid dynam­ics; and Energy-​efficient all-​electric ships.

NTNU Features

The roots of Norway’s mar­itime tech­no­log­i­cal lead­er­ship go back more than a thou­sand years, when know-​how in ship­build­ing enabled the Vikings to build colonies and trade through­out the North Atlantic. Nor­way has 1645 miles of indented coast­line and deep fjords fed by rivers off the inland moun­tain plateaus. This pro­vides clean renew­able energy – hydropower and elec­tric­ity to Nor­we­gian offices, fac­to­ries and houses. Engi­neers edu­cated in Trond­heim have been cen­tral in build­ing the infra­struc­ture that makes all this pos­si­ble. Off the coast there are the abun­dant sources of healthy food - fish-​farms in coastal waters and fish­eries on the banks in the North Sea and Nor­we­gian Sea. Energy resources, advanced tech­nol­ogy and the fish­eries are the three pil­lars that under­pin one of the health­i­est economies on the planet.

  • Cam­pus: Tyholt, an area located on the high­est point in the city of Trond­heim may be the most vis­i­ble of NTNU’s cam­puses. NTNU’s build­ings at Tyholt are every bit as impres­sive, for it’s here that you’ll find the Depart­ment of Marine Tech­nol­ogy, right next to the Ship Model Tank, Cav­i­ta­tion Tun­nel and the Ocean Basin Lab­o­ra­tory. The ocean research facil­i­ties are tech­ni­cally owned by MAR­IN­TEK, a branch of SIN­TEF, but are used widely in NTNU research.
  • Accred­i­ta­tion: NTNU is a lead­ing pub­lic research insti­tu­tion in Nor­way and the pro­grams are suit­ably accred­ited by autho­rized orga­ni­za­tions in Norway.
  • Marine Tech­nol­ogy Job Prospects: Can­di­dates from Marine Tech­nol­ogy often start their career within ship­ping and off­shore. These indus­tries are very var­ied. For the stu­dents, this equals great oppor­tu­ni­ties to work with their per­sonal areas of inter­est. Det Norske Ver­i­tas (DNV) is tra­di­tion­ally a com­pany that employs many of the stu­dents. Some start work­ing for engi­neer­ing and con­sul­tancy firms, some join research insti­tu­tions, some are employed by oil com­pa­nies and some start work­ing for ship­ping companies.
  • Exchange Stu­dents: NTNU has nearly 300 dif­fer­ent coop­er­a­tive or exchange agree­ments with insti­tu­tions in 58 coun­tries, from Alba­nia to Zim­babwe. The uni­ver­sity also par­tic­i­pates in numer­ous stu­dent exchange and place­ment pro­grams, such as the Eras­mus pro­gram and the Leonardo da Vinci pro­gram. Oth­ers are oper­ated in con­junc­tion with other Nordic coun­tries (NORDPLUS).
  • Cen­ter for Ships and Ocean Struc­tures (CeSOS): Research at the Cen­tre for Ships and Ocean Struc­tures (CeSOS) aims at devel­op­ing fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge about how ships and other struc­tures behave in the ocean envi­ron­ment, using ana­lyt­i­cal, numer­i­cal and exper­i­men­tal stud­ies. This knowl­edge is vital, both now and in the future, for the design of safe, cost effec­tive and envi­ron­men­tally friendly struc­tures as well as in the plan­ning and exe­cu­tion of marine operations.
  • Rolls-​Royce Uni­ver­sity Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (UTC): Per­for­mance in a Sea­way - Marine pro­pellers must also per­form well in rough weather. One might think this obvi­ous, but the fact is that up until today pro­pellers and propul­sion sys­tems have been designed for opti­mum per­for­mance in calm waters. Rough weather oper­a­tions have been taken into account using only crude safety fac­tors. In order to fur­ther under­stand­ing and pro­vide the nec­es­sary tools for the ratio­nal design of pro­pellers and propul­sors in rough water oper­a­tions, Rolls-​Royce Marine, MAR­IN­TEK and NTNU have engaged in a ten-​year research pro­gram focus­ing on sea­way performance.
  • Hous­ing: Inter­na­tional mas­ter stu­dents accepted at NTNU, will auto­mat­i­cally be con­sid­ered for hous­ing in a sin­gle room (unless the stu­dent spec­i­fies to us that he will arrange for hous­ing on his/​her own). your social media marketing partner