Maritime Operations

Master, autumn 2017

This program is a joint master study program between The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Emden/Leer. The program takes 4 semesters. The first semester is compulsory in Haugesund (Norway) and the second semester compulsory in Leer (Germany). The lectures are all given in English. The two partner institutions provide each one profile that can be elected in the third semester. This determines the location of study. The master thesis in the fourth semester should be within the frame of the profile. Overall 120 ECTS are reached when completed the study programme.

The study programme sets out to cover maritime operations, with ship technology and management as supporting framework. Maritime operations will during the programme cover different aspects related to different 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) and the managerial aspect (such as safety and risk) throughout the two compulsory semesters. In the maritime industry of today the technological, operational and managerial aspects are entwined and technology and management will both be present in some form in all maritime operations.

The international aspects of ship technology, maritime operations and management are anchored in the international nature of the maritime industry, in addition to the international dimension of the programme itself. Maritime operations covered in the programme are of an international character, such as the maritime industry itself, and include several technical and managerial aspects through operations related to ships, installations and subsea/offshore vessels, as well as operations above and below the waterline and along the coastline.
The Maritime Operations 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 educate students able to contributing to improve and develop such operations, e.g. related to safety and efficiency, and who will be a valued asset for the maritime industry both off- and onshore with their complete and updated knowledge.

This program is only taught in English.

The students can apply for this study programme at both universities. A common selection committee will select the students from all the applicants. The students are enrolled at both universities. For the examinations the local examination rules are applied. A good level of understanding and speaking of English is recommended. At least a B2 level according the Common European Framework of References for Language is required.

Study methods

The teaching and learning methods are varied and aim to make the students actively participate and build up independent thinking. The teaching methods vary, with lectures, solving exercises in groups, and problem-based learning being the most common. In addition to individual work, group work is encouraged throughout the programme. It is expected that the students show up for class well prepared, as the lectureres place a significant amount of time and effort in preparing the lectures.

Information and communication technology are integrated in the taching, with Moodle/fronter and computer based support systems as important tools in the scientific and educational work.

Student exchange

In this study program the first and second semesters are compulsory. During the first semester the students are in Haugesund, Norway and in Leer, Germany, during the second semester. In the third semester the students can select a profile, which will decide the place of study (Norway or Germany). The students` choice of topic for their master thesis affects the location for their last semester.