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Do you have a bachelor degree from nautical science, mechanical engineering or another relevant maritime bachelor degree? With this Maritime Operations master programme from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences you acquire advanced knowledge and competence within different aspects of maritime operations, with a special focus on offshore operations.


This master programme is designed for students who are working, where the lectures are given in several intensive lecture sessions. To complete the study program it is expected that you are able to independently structure your studies. All lectures are taught in English.

The Maritime Operations programme is a joint master between Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Emden/Leer in Germany.

The programme combines the nautical domain, with its focus on operational and organizational aspects, with the engineering domain, which focuses on the technical aspects, as well as managerial aspects related to the operational perspective. 

The purpose of such a combination is to cover maritime operations in depth and make you able to contribute to improving and developing such operations, and which will enable you to be a valued asset for the maritime industry both off- and onshore..

You will learn about different aspects related to maritime operations:

  • The international aspect (such as regulations)
  • The technical aspect (such as ship stability)
  • The organizational aspect (such as the complex relationship between human and technical factors)
  • The managerial aspect (such as safety and risk)

Job opportunities

You may work in the technical or managerial department in shipping companies, with responsibility to plan and execute maritime operations, or as a deck officer with responsibility for executing such operations offshore.

You may also work as a consultant with an understanding of operations and environmental systems, as well as being an economical and technical advisory capacity for maritime structures.

You can undertake project management tasks in companies within the maritime sector, and innovation and development tasks within the academic core competencies of the programme; Offshore/Subsea operations, environmental system analysis, in regards to maritime technology, organisation and finance.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Philosophy of Science, Research Design and Methods
  • Safety and Human Factors
  • Modern ship design: Safety, Limitations and Hazards
  • Scientific Approach of Complex Problems
  • Financial Business Administration and Cost Accounting
  • Ship Propulsion Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • EU/EEA applicants: March 1st
  • Norwegian applicants: April 15th


120 ECTS


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The general admission requirement is relevant bachelor's degree with 80 credits specialization in technical and/or nautical courses, or equivalent professional education. You must fulfil one of the following specific requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, relevant courses, 180 credits or equivalent
  • Bachelor degree in Nautical Science, relevant courses, 180 credits or equivalent
  • Bachelor degree in Maritime Studies, relevant courses, 180 credits or equivalent

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

No tuition fees for courses, but you will have to pay a minor study fee of about NOK 750,- per semester,


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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