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Master of Science in Engineering Structures and Materials

The world is changing, the technology is developing and we need to follow the fast moving trends and adapt. Controlling factors as improved performance, cost-effectiveness and safety becomes crucial in the hunt for success. The Master’s in Engineering Structures and Materials will provide you with all the necessary engineering tools to turn challenges into opportunities.

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Duration

2 years/4 semesters

Number of study places

Structural Engineering:  20 for local applicants 10 for international applicants Mechanical Engineering:  10 for local applicants 10 for international applicants

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Study start

August every year

No tuition fees

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The master programme provides an expertise and advanced knowledge, skills and general competence in Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Material Technology. Graduated students will have a background in engineering science and basic engineering subjects. The students will be able to apply this knowledge within their area of specialisations. The students will be qualified to participate and manage the development and implementation of new technology, methods and principles. Candidates with a master’s degree in Engineering Structures and Materials will be qualified for many attractive jobs in civil engineering structures, production and manufacturing industries, mechanical systems, renewable energy projects and offshore industries. Within the two-year master's programme, students can immerse themselves in mechanical systems, renewable energy, civil engineering structures or offshore structures.   

This degree is well suited to those who have an interest in structural engineering (both civil and offshore), mechanical engineering and renewable energy industry.  The master’s programme currently has two specialisations:  

- Mechanical Engineering    

- Structural Engineering 

The specialisation in Mechanical Engineering is well suited to those who have an interest in design and manufacturing of machinery equipment, industrial and subsea systems, clean energy production. Analysis, design and manufacturing of pumps, valves, compressor, power transmission systems and gear boxes, mechanisms, 3D printing products along the material characterization is included in the learning outcomes of the specialisation.    

The specialisation in Structural Engineering is well suited to those who have an interest in analysis, design, construction and maintenance of civil and offshore structures. The learning outcomes of the degree programme provide core competences and skills to work with engineering aspects of building, bridges, offshore platforms, wind turbines, towers, retaining structure etc.    

Career prospects

The programme qualifies the graduates for a broad range of positions in private industry and public organizations. Since the core of the master programme consists of commonly usable principles and methods, graduate students can qualify for many attractive job positions in the area of mechanical and structural engineering and materials technology in offshore and civil engineering industries, renewable energy projects, production and manufacturing industries and a diverse range of mechanical operations.   

There will always be a need of buildings, roads, bridges, materials, machinery, production and manufacturing processes wind/wave and solar energy systems and graduates will therefore be attractive in the industry and in the international job market.  

Many will also have interesting job opportunities within research, education, or in public sector devoted to control, regulation and law enforcement of industrial sectors.   

A completed master's degree with a minimum average grade B for courses and grade A or B for the Master thesis may qualify for admission to the PhD programme in Offshore Technology at the University of Stavanger. Graduates are eligible to apply for relevant PhD programmes in other universities.  

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

Learning outcome 

A candidate who has completed a 2-year master’s degree in Engineering Structures and Materials (120 ECTS) shall have the following learning outcomes defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:  

 Knowledge 

K1: The candidate has advanced knowledge in the analysis, design and maintenance of engineering structures and specialized insight depending on the choice of specialisation (i.e. Mechanical Engineering or Structural Engineering).  

 K2: A candidate with a  course package in mechanical systems has a thorough knowledge of design, modelling, analysis and manufacturing of mechanical components / systems, microstructure and properties of metallic materials, corrosion and corrosion protection. A candidate with a  course package in renewable energy has a thorough knowledge on design, wind and wave energy conversion systems, passive energy systems, energy conversion efficiency, and business models involving renewable energy, energy systems interaction, sustainable city development and climate change.  A candidate with a  course package in civil engineering structures has a thorough knowledge of non-linear static/dynamic analysis, environmental loads, fatigue and accidental limit state designs, material technology, concrete construction, concrete technology, structural integrity and life extensions. A candidate with a  course package in offshore structures have thorough knowledge of non-linear static/dynamic analysis, environmental loads, fatigue and accidental limit state designs, functional requirements, material technology, marine technology and operations, structural integrity and life extensions and etc.  

 K3: The candidate has basic knowledge he/she can use for research and development work in mechanical and structural engineering.  

 K4: The candidate has knowledge on general ethical aspects in the engineering discipline.  

  

Skills 

S1: The candidate can apply existing theories, methods and scientific insight in the field and work independently to solve practical and theoretical problems.  

S2: The candidate has higher order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.  

S3: The candidate can analyse and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments. The candidate can identify state of the art for the technology as well as relevant national and international standards within relevant disciplines.   

S4: The candidate can use independently relevant knowledge for research and professional development in field.  

S5: The candidate can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.     

General Competence 

G1: The candidate can analyse relevant academic problems and be qualified to participate in developing and implementing new technology, methods and principles for the analysis, design and maintenance activities in specialized discipline (i.e. mechanical systems, renewable energy systems, civil engineering structures and offshore structures).  

G2: The candidate can apply their knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced tasks and projects.   

G3: The candidate can communicate extensive independent work and master language and terminology of the academic field.  

G4: The candidate can communicate on academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, with both the specialists and the public.  

G5: The candidate can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.  

Academic requirements

For specialisations in Mechanical Engineering:

A bachelor's degree in mechanical, material, marine, process, structural engineering or equivalent is required.

For specialisations in Structural Engineering:

A bachelor's degree in civil engineering or equivalent with minimum 40 ECTS credits of structural engineering specialisation courses is required.

All applicants:

All applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Application and admission

How and when to apply?

Deadlines, English requirements, documentation requirements and more

Contact

For inquiries regarding admission to international Master's programmes, send an email to: admissions@uis.no

Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Specialisation Structural Engineering

  • Spesialisation Mechanical Engineering

    • Compulsory courses

    • Electives or exchange studies 3rd semester - 30 points

      • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

        • Recommended Electives 3rd semester

          • CAD/CAM and Additive Manufacturing

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            CAD/CAM and Additive Manufacturing

            Study points: 10

          • Welding and In-service Inspection Technologies

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Welding and In-service Inspection Technologies

            Study points: 10

          • Offshore Wind Turbine Engineering

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Offshore Wind Turbine Engineering

            Study points: 10

          • Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

            Study points: 10

        • Other Electives 3rd semester

          • Life Extension of Structures

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Life Extension of Structures

            Study points: 5

          • Project Management

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Project Management

            Study points: 5

          • Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

            Study points: 10

          • Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies

            YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

            Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies

            Study points: 10

      • Exchange 3rd semester

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most common questions we get about studying engineering structures and materials at the University of Stavanger.

Is it possible to complete the study part-time, or as distance learning?

The program is set up as a full-time program, and there are many compulsory group-based assignments in almost all subjects. We therefore do not recommend taking the study as "distance learning". As the study is a full-time study, it is not possible to get a part-time admission, but a student with admission to a 2-year master's degree has access as a student for 3 years and can therefore also distribute the courses / study over 3 years instead of 2 year.

I have previously passed courses at another educational institution. Can I get any of these subjects approved to a new degree?

Yes, it is possible to apply for approval of previously passed courses that are not part of the admission basis to a new degree.

Is it possible to apply for leave from studies?

Yes, find more information here.

Do I have the opportunity to go on an exchange during my studies?

Yes, it is recommended that the student travels on exchange. Exchange is adapted to departure in the 3rd semester of the master in Engineering Structures and Materials / Constructions and materials.

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Exchange semester

3rd semester



Exchange scheme 

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's program in Engineering Structures and Materials. 



This semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives.  During the exchange semester you can choose subjects similar the master program specialization. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department.  It is important that the subjects/ courses from abroad not overlap with subjects you have already taken. An advice is to think about your specialization and your field of interest. 



Recommended institutions

Student exchange for specialisation in Mechanical Engineering:  

  • Linköping University, Sweden  
  • San Diego State University, USA  
  • University of Adelaide, Australia  
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology, France  
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sverige  
  • Polytechnic Milano, Italy    
  • University of Twente, Netherlands (ECIU network)   
  • University of Trento, Italy (ECIU network)  
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal (ECIU network)  
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (ECIU network)  

Student exchange for specialisation in Structural Engineering:  

  • Aalborg University, Denmark  
  • University of Iceland, Iceland  
  • Technico Lisboa, Portugal  
  • Polytechnic Milano, Italy  
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany  
  • University of Twente, Netherlands (ECIU network)  
  • University of Trento, Italy (ECIU network)  
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal (ECIU network)  
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (ECIU network)  

More opportunities 

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. 

Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks. Find out more.  



Contact person

For pre-approval of courses:

Iselin Torland Tjensvold



General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

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Student exchange
  • All countries

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, omringet av utrolig landskap, ligger University of Iceland.

    Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

    Linköpings universitet

    Linkøpings universitet er et av Sveriges største universitet med en sterk tradisjon for samarbeid over landegrenser. Universitetet er kjent for sin innovative profil innenfor forskning og utdanning, og er som UiS medlem av nettverket European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

    Chalmers tekniska högskola

    Tenker du på utveksling til Sverige har Chalmers tekniska högskola i Gøteborg mye å tilby. Chalmers er et teknisk universitet i Göteborg med rundt 10.000 studenter som har et fokus på forskning og utdanning innen teknologi, naturvitenskap og arkitektur.

    Grenoble Institute of Technology

    Bli Erasmus+-student og studér i de franske alper i Frankrikes beste studentby Grenoble!

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – reis på utveksling til Trento!

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS sitt partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. University of Twente er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap og har mer enn 9000 studenter.

    University of Lisbon (ULisboa)

    Enjoy a semester abroad in beautiful Portugal! Explore one of the oldest cities in the world and study at the largest technical School in Portugal while enjoying the Mediterranean climate!

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

    Monterrey Institute of Technology University System

    Universitetet i Stavanger har inngått en avtale om studentutveksling med sin ECIU-partner Tecnológico de Monterrey.

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

    The University of Adelaide

    Universitetet i Adelaide ligger i Adelaide, Australias femte største by. Med sine 1.2 millioner innbyggere er Adelaide en trygg, kosmopolitisk by som er betraktelig rimeligere å bo i enn flere sammenlignbare byer i Australia. Universitetet er medlem av Group of Eight, en koalisjon av de åtte ledende universitetene i Australia.

  • Denmark

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

  • Iceland

    University of Iceland

    I hjerte av Islands hovedstad, Reykjavik, omringet av utrolig landskap, ligger University of Iceland.

    Reis på utveksling til Island og Reykjavik, og få stipend gjennom Nordlys, Nordtek eller Erasmus+.

  • Sweden

    Linköpings universitet

    Linkøpings universitet er et av Sveriges største universitet med en sterk tradisjon for samarbeid over landegrenser. Universitetet er kjent for sin innovative profil innenfor forskning og utdanning, og er som UiS medlem av nettverket European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

    Chalmers tekniska högskola

    Tenker du på utveksling til Sverige har Chalmers tekniska högskola i Gøteborg mye å tilby. Chalmers er et teknisk universitet i Göteborg med rundt 10.000 studenter som har et fokus på forskning og utdanning innen teknologi, naturvitenskap og arkitektur.

  • France

    Grenoble Institute of Technology

    Bli Erasmus+-student og studér i de franske alper i Frankrikes beste studentby Grenoble!

  • Italy

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – reis på utveksling til Trento!

  • Netherlands

    University of Twente, Enschede

    Opplev Europa og det internasjonale studiemiljøet i Nederland. University of Twente er UiS sitt partneruniversitet i ECIU-nettverket og tilbyr utvekslingsmuligheter for mange studenter ved UiS. University of Twente er et moderne og innovativt campus-universitet som satser stort på entreprenørskap og har mer enn 9000 studenter.

  • Portugal

    University of Lisbon (ULisboa)

    Enjoy a semester abroad in beautiful Portugal! Explore one of the oldest cities in the world and study at the largest technical School in Portugal while enjoying the Mediterranean climate!

  • Germany

    Technical University of Munich

    The Technical University of Munich, also known as TUM, accounts for major advancements in the field of natural sciences. TUM is one of the best universities in Germany and has several awarded scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The Technical University of Munich strives for excellent teaching and research quality.

  • Mexico

    Monterrey Institute of Technology University System

    Universitetet i Stavanger har inngått en avtale om studentutveksling med sin ECIU-partner Tecnológico de Monterrey.

  • United States

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

  • Australia

    The University of Adelaide

    Universitetet i Adelaide ligger i Adelaide, Australias femte største by. Med sine 1.2 millioner innbyggere er Adelaide en trygg, kosmopolitisk by som er betraktelig rimeligere å bo i enn flere sammenlignbare byer i Australia. Universitetet er medlem av Group of Eight, en koalisjon av de åtte ledende universitetene i Australia.

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Our department

Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science is a leading academic environment for education and research within offshore technology as well as land-based industry.

The department is focusing on mechanical and civil disciplines, including the petroleum and renewable energy sectors.

The students will be qualified to take over challenging careers in industry in a broad capacity, inclusive of design and robust engineering of complex systems, developing and implementing new technology, methods and principles for optimization of engineering systems, etc. 



The department has about 50 faculty and staff members. The current enrolment is about 20 PhD degree students, 90 master degree students and 250 bachelor degree students.

The main areas of the department’s expertise are:

  • Civil and Structural engineering
  • Mechanical design, production and simulation
  • Marine and Subsea technology
  • Industrial Asset Management
  • Energy and Gas technology
  • Materials science



To support leading educational and research activities, the Department has developed its lab facilities and other resources, including:

  • Mechanical workshop
  • Welding laboratory
  • Concrete and cement laboratory
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Corrosion laboratory
  • Metrology and mechanical testing laboratory
  • Gas and energy laboratory
  • CAD and FEM Computer laboratory
  • Soil mechanics
  • Surveying laboratory
  • Rapid prototyping (3D printing) laboratory

The department has a very close cooperation with the industry to support its educational and research activities. The Centre for Industrial asset management (CIAM), based in the department, is an important key to establishing such cooperation.



One of the most up-and-coming is the Risavika Gas Centre, a research and development centre for environmental and gas technology, located in the Stavanger region.

In addition to the local expertise and competencies available, the Department actively collaborate with some of the leading educational and research organizations around the world.

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