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Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, M.Sc.

Program overview

The master’s program in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering prepares you for an innovative and highly international career in the maritime industry and maritime research. During your studies you will be examining the complex systems of naval architecture and ocean engineering constructions as well as the technical, ecological, and economic factors involved. You will acquire fundamental scientific knowledge of fluid dynamics and structural mechanics, information technology and transport system technology, and numeric and experimental simulation and focus on the design, operation, and dynamics of maritime systems. The program offers a wide range of areas of specialization, enabling you to develop your own individual expertise. The main areas of focus are the design of maritime systems and the dynamics of maritime systems. Secondary areas of focus are ocean engineering, energy facilities of maritime systems, maritime transport as well as yacht design.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the master’s program in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. You can find detailed information in the application and admission regulations.

The Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level: http://www.studsek.tu-berlin.de/menue/bachelor_bewerbung_immatrikulation/mit_auslaendischen_bildungsnachweisen/zugangsvoraussetzungen/sprachkenntnisse/

This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful, as some courses/modules may be offered in English and much of the technical literature is published in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

You should be interested in and have an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches, as the curriculum addresses complex interdisciplinary issues. The ability to work independently and take initiative are also desirable as these qualities play an important role in the program.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

We recommend you commence the program in the winter semester as starting in the summer semester requires special planning.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering consists of modules which group the content of the program into specific themes and which often include a variety of different study and teaching formats. A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The latest version applies to applicants.

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A six-week technical, non-university internship is compulsory for this master’s program. The internship should focus on overseeing an entire project or offer the opportunity to participate in a project. All further details relating to internships can be found in the internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of semesters abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

The combination of professional relevance and fundamental knowledge provided by the program enables you to work using the latest technologies and to adapt these to the changing structures of transportation requirements and transportation systems. The supplementary basic and elective modules in various fields of economics, law, and social sciences enable you to recognize macroeconomic and social interrelations beyond purely engineering issues and to take account of these in your professional work. You are able to independently solve problems, taking gender and diversity issues into consideration.

After your studies

A wide range of career options is available to our graduates in shipbuilding, the shipping industry and the offshore industry, inland vessel engineering, logistics companies, shipping companies and ports, classification societies, public authorities, engineering offices, supply businesses, research institutes and universities. Due to their close link to the global economy and global trade, naval architecture, shipping and ocean engineering form an expanding sector of the economy. The breadth of focus provided by the master’s program in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and the export-oriented nature of the field in which you will be working help to create employment stability, even in periods of cyclical fluctuation. A large number of maritime engineers also find employment in other branches of engineering. Successful completion of the master’s program further entitles you to pursue a doctorate.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Recognition of previous internships or vocational trainings: Internship Officers

Questions relating to funding and grants: BaföG Officer