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Master of Science in Marine and Offshore Technology

Oceans cover more than 70 % of the earth’s surface. However, those are still much unexplored. About 97 % of the earth’s water is contained in oceans and seas all connected forming an enormous mass of water. Complex marine engineering becomes crucial when obtaining and discovering all the resources that the oceans can bring as for solving the different issues that can occur during this process.


2 years/4 semesters

Number of study places

15 for local applicants 15 for international applicants

ECTS credits


Language of instruction


Study start

August every year

No tuition fees

This Master of Science Programme in Marine and Offshore Technology is designed to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the marine and offshore industry.

This MSc programme has a strong international profile with students from all over the world.

Marine and Offshore Technology graduates will be equipped with the best theoretical and practical tools since we have some of the strongest academic staff in the world within this field.

Students will gain detailed knowledge in designing, constructing, maintaining and removing of marine and offshore structures. Further, they will look into systems and operations related to installation by combining basic mechanical engineering subjects with marine technology.

Students will also be able to meet and solve challenges on an advanced engineering level outside the area of specializations and in close cooperation with experts from other fields.

By completing this Master’s Degree Programme, graduates will be qualified for many attractive job positions in the marine sector.

Career prospects

The Marine and Offshore Technology master programme at UiS prepares its graduates holistically for challenging and rewarding careers in all activities in the marine, offshore and subsea industries.  The supply of marine, offshore and subsea equipment and services is currently Norway’s second largest industry after the sale of oil and gas. There are more than 1 250 companies supplying goods and services for all stages of the value chain. This includes floating offshore structures, drilling rig equipment, equipment for the shipyard industry, advanced offshore supply and service vessels as well as subsea technology. Norwegian companies are key industrial players in all international markets for subsea and deep-water technologies. The offshore activities off the Norwegian coast and in the arctic regions are also expected to significantly grow in the future.  


Our graduates are highly sought after in a broad spectrum of companies covering: 

-Oil and gas exploration and production companies 

-Ship and offshore structures construction companies 

-Subsea production equipment manufacturers 

-Subsea installation service providers 

-Specialized design houses 

-Classification societies 

-Research institutes 

Candidates can also work at research institutes.

This master’s degree with an average grade of B and above fulfils one of the entry requirements for a PhD degree programme in Norway. 

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 marine and Offshore Technology, shall have the following learning outcome defined as knowledge, skills and general competence: 


K1: The candidate has advanced knowledge within marine and offshore technology. The candidate has specialized insight in systems and operations by combining mechanical and structural engineering subjects and marine technology. 

K2: The candidate has thorough knowledge about safety and environmental aspects related to his/her academic field, and knows how to implement this knowledge in his/her professional work by developing technical solutions suited to the best for society and individuals. 

K3: The candidate can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field. 

K4: The candidate can analyze academic problems based on the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field. 

K5: The candidate has knowledge about general ethical aspects in the engineering discipline. 



S1: The candidate can analyze and use existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems. 

S2: The candidate can use relevant methods for research and scholarly work in an independent manner. 

S3: The candidate can analyze 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 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 marine, offshore and subsea industries. 

G2: The candidate can apply knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects, the knowledge is also relevant for marine, offshore and subsea projects in general. 

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

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

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

Academic requirements

A bachelor´s degree within one of the following disciplines or equivalent degree is required:

- Civil/structural engineering

- Marine engineering

- Materials engineering  

- Mechanical engineering

- Offshore engineering

- Process engineering

- Subsea engineering

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


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Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here

Frequently asked questions

Who is this study programme for?

Who is the study suitable for?

This program is well suited for those who are interested in a technical education program that combines engineering disciplines with important marine, offshore and underwater topics. The education provides important core competence and forms the basis for a challenging and competitive career in both the public and private sectors.

Can I go on an exchange?

Yes, the 3rd semester is arranged for exchange. The 3rd semester consists of 25 credits of specialization courses and 5 credits of electives. When exchanging, these 30 credits can be replaced by other courses that must be approved before departure.

Where can I work after graduation?

Our candidates are in high demand in a wide range of companies covering:

  • Oil and gas company
  • Supplier of ships and offshore structures
  • Supplier of equipment for underwater technology
  • Subsea installation service providers
  • Providers of engineering services
  • Risk and classification societies
  • Research institutes

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 Marine- and offshore technology.

Abroad, you must choose subjects that offer a similar specialization in your field of study, and these must be approved before you leave.

This semester has 25 credits of specialization courses and 5 credits of elective courses. In exchange, these 30 credits may be replaced by other courses and may not necessarily overlap but must be approved by the department before departure. It is important that the courses you take abroad do not overlap with subjects you have taken or will be taking later in your studies. One tip is to think about your specialization and field of interest.  

For courses abroad, contact study program leader.

Course package/approved courses are published below.

Students can also go for exchange in the 4th semester while working on the master's thesis. Planning must start as early as the second semester. Students must contact the study program leader for the planning. 

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.

Students can also choose to take courses at The University Centre in Svalbard (Norway).  

​Recommended institutions in 3rd semester: 

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden   

Approved course package in MSc Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

  • MMA128 Maritime Transport System (7.5 ECTS)
  • MMA137 Ship Geometry and Hydrostatics (7.5 ECTS)
  • MMA162 Ship Resistance and Computational Hydrodynamic (7.5 ECTS)
  • MMA168 Marine Structural Engineering (7.5 ECTS)

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 

Approved courses, choose at least 30 ECTS (below courses) in MSc Marine Technology MSc Offshore and Dredging Engineering

  • MT44030 Torsion and Shear in Marine Structures (5 ECTS)
  • MT44035 Design of Complex Specials (5 ECTS)
  • MT44040 Maritime Finance, Business and Law (5 ECTS)
  • MT44050 Fundamentals of Marine Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • ME44206 Quantitative Methods for Logistics (5 ECTS)
  • ME45042 Advanced Fluid Dynamics (5 ECTS)
  • MT44090 Fluid - Structure Interaction in Marine Structures (5 ECTS)
  • MT44045 Introduction to Ship and Offshore Hydromechanics (3 ECTS)
  • OE44005 Introduction to Offshore Engineering (3 ECTS)
  • MT44085 Ultimate Strength of Marine Structures (5 ECTS)
  • OE44096 Bottom Founded Offshore Structures (6 ECTS)
  • OE44090 Introduction to Computational Dynamics of Offshore Structures (4 ECTS)
  • CIE4325 Ocean Waves (6 ECTS)
  • OE44055 Load Identification and Monitoring of Structures (4 ECTS)
  • WI4051TU Introduction to Operation Research (6 ECTS)
  • ME46050 Advanced Finite Element Methods (4 ECTS)

University of Bologna, Italy 

Approved course, choose at least 30 ECTS (below courses) in MSc Offshore Engineering

  • 88296 Coastal and Marine Fluid Dynamics (6 ECTS)
  • 78494 Modelling of Offshore Structures (6 ECTS)
  • 88304 Offshore Monitoring and HSE Management (12 ECTS)
  • 88258 Ocean Engineering and Marine Renewable Energies (9 ECTS)
  • 78484 Monitoring and Positioning In Offshore Engineering (6 ECTS)

 Recommended institutions in 4th semester  

  • University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom 
  • University of Western Australia, Australia 
  • Chonnam National University, South Korea 
  • University of Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Harbin Engineering University, China 
  • Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China 
  • Dalian Maritime University, China 

Contact person

For pre-approval of courses:

Iselin Torland Tjensvold

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

Student exchange
  • All countries

    Chalmers University of Technology

    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.

    University of Bologna

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

  • Sweden

    Chalmers University of Technology

    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.

  • Italy

    University of Bologna

  • Netherlands

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!


Faculty of Science and Technology

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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 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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