This study program gives a comprehensive understanding of all aspects and challenges related to both land-based and offshore activities in a vulnerable and harsh environment. Special attention is given to technical and operational solutions, as well as safety related issues. Learning methods include team work, individual project work, lectures and assignments, with the objective to gain deep understanding and master the prevailing tools and techniques. The master program offers the ability to specialize within risk and reliability, automation or nautical science.
The program is a 2 years, 120 credits, full-time study at the Department of Technology and Safety. It is an interdisciplinary program founded on engineering science. The program focuses on the technical and safety related challenges associated with industrial activities in the High North. The students are introduced to methods and tools for managing advanced, complex and integrated technical systems with respect to operation and maintenance, reliability and production assurance, health, safety & environmental risk as well as emergency preparedness. Special attention is given to maritime and offshore operations in the harsh and vulnerable Arctic environment.
The Master’s program offer the following disciplines:
- Risk and reliability: It focuses on knowledge and skills in risk and reliability theory for complex systems, advanced use of modelling, software and expert judgement, and methods and tools for managing and controlling risk and safety for technological systems.
- Nautical science: It focuses on knowledge and skills in theory and regulation regarding ship stability in normal and challenging operation, hydrodynamics and environmental criteria for marine operations, and the use of advanced navigation systems in modern ships.
- Automation: It focuses on knowledge and skills in handling of measurement data to design, analyze and/or control advanced processes, and implementation of integrated automation solutions using embedded systems.
The study program uses a variety of teaching methods, and includes lectures, projects, student presentations, teamwork and mandatory assignments. These methods will help students to take an active role in the learning process by writing tasks and project reports in order to achieve the total learning outcome of the study program. It is emphasized that learning activities will contribute to professional development of students and their skills for collaboration, communication and practical problem solving through working in groups. The study program provides knowledge about scientific theories and methods, and the project paper and master thesis are designed for individual research work.
Lectures are organized either as blocks or regularly, on a weekly basis. In some courses, seminars may be arranged. Some courses may include compulsory lectures, exercises, excursion and approval of exercises/fieldwork or semester reports. This will be stated in the course descriptions.
Assessment methods will vary between written exam, home exam, group assignments, project submission and oral exam. In some cases, the assessment will be a combination of different assessment methods. For a more detailed description of the assessment forms, see subject descriptions. Professional achievements are assessed either with letter marks or passed / failed. If no assessment is required, "completed / non-completed" can be used.
Admission to the Master program requires a relevant Bachelor’s degree in engineering (180 credits), or similar education of not less than three years duration approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
Relevant field of study may be automation, process and gas technology, nautical science, mechanical, processing, safety, civil engineering. Other fields of study may be considered upon individual assessment.
Admission to the programme normally requires a BSc. average grade of “C” or higher.
The bachelor’s degree must contain minimum 25 credits in mathematics, 5 credits in statistics and 7,5 credits in physics. Some of the courses in the bachelor programme have a certain amount of physics included and can be accepted.
International students from non-Nordic countries (except students with English as their mother tongue), must meet the English proficiency as mentioned in: Proof of English proficiency
Admission to the Master program requires a relevant Bachelor’s degree in engineering (180 credits), or other relevant technological degree on Bachelor level. Relevant field of study may be automation, process and gas technology, nautical science, mechanical, processing, safety, civil engineering. Other fields of study may be considered upon individual assessment.
The bachelor’s degree must contain minimum 25 credits mathematics 5 credits statistics and 7,5 credits in physics. Some of the courses in the bachelor program have a certain amount of physics included and can be accepted.
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
- The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester
International applicants / Applicants form outside the Nordic countries:
- Application deadline: 1 December for admisssion to the autumn semester
- Online application, study code 2037
Are you an international applicant? Read more here.
- has a solid basis in engineering in general and advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered.
- has advanced knowledge about the scientific theory and methods of engineering, engineering challenges and solutions related to industrial activities especially in the Arctic.
- can apply their knowledge to new technological areas.
- can analyze academic problems of engineering based on the history, traditions and uniqueness of technology.
Risk and reliability
- has a thorough knowledge and understanding of key theoretical and practical concepts and terminology in the area of technology and safety.
- has advance knowledge and understanding of the fundamental basis of risk and reliability engineering.
- has in-depth knowledge about scientific theory, methods and tools for managing and controlling complex technical systems and operations in different environmental condition.
- can apply their knowledge of risk and reliability to new technological areas.
- has a thorough knowledge and understanding of key theoretical and practical concepts and terminology in automation technology.
- has knowledge of advanced theoretical and practical modeling and simulation tools for automation technology
- has thorough knowledge of the theoretical foundation of advanced control techniques based on optimal control and state estimation
- has advanced knowledge and understanding of the elements of state of the art of embedded systems
- has knowledge of advanced concepts in selected optional topicsautical Science
- has a thorough knowledge and understanding of issues, theoretical concepts and regulatory framework of static and dynamic ship stability, both in intact and damage ship hull conditions.
- has an overview of the principles in radio technology and advance knowledge in interference and noise in radio signals.
- has advance knowledge and understanding of limitations and design principles of maritime navigation, positioning (DP) and radio communication systems.
- has advance knowledge of marine operations in the ocean space with emphasis on how the environment is affecting the performance of operations.
- can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations within technology and safety.
- can apply theoretical concepts and terminology of risk and reliability engineering in analysis of complex technical systems and operations in a harsh environment.
- can critically read and analyze miscellaneous sources of information, and use the information for structuring and formulating academic argumentation within the chosen field of study.
- can work independently with problem solving in their disciplines.
- can carry out an independent, limited research/development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.
Risk and reliability
- can use of existing knowledge and theories of technology safety for analyzing, planning and solving engineering related problems
- can use risk and reliability theory for operation and maintenance management and engineering of technology.
- can model the impact of environment condition on the performance of technology and safety.
- can use the historical date and also simulation in the process of decision making for improvement of the safety of engineering system.
- can use of existing knowledge and theories in automation technology for advanced analysis, planning and solving of automation related problems
- can se advanced theory and practical tools to optimization-based controllers for real advanced processes with multiple inputs and/or multiple outputs.
- can iplement integrated solutions using embedded system.
- can carry out and make use of existing knowledge and theories of dynamic stability with reference to intact and damage hull conditions.
- can analysis how external forces influence the integrity of seagoing vessels.
- can propose and evaluate solutions for planning of effective operations.
- can critically read, cite, analyze and understand scientific literature
- can independently communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both written and oral forms for both general public and specialists in the field.
- can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas, for solving advanced working tasks and also in contribution to innovation.
- can reflect on their professional practice, work in groups, manage report writing, presentation, and function in a multi-disciplinary team.
Technological skills are highly appreciated by the industry. With a M.Sc. degree in engineering, you will have excellent job opportunities in the oil and gas industry, in the maritime industry and in the public administration. Our engineers work with the development of new technical solutions in engineering companies. Other engineers are responsible for the supervision of different kinds of industrial facilities, including modifications, maintenance and operations. Engineering is a global business, and you may have an international career. Research and education may be an option, or further study on Ph.D. level.
Students are encouraged to participate in exchange programmes abroad, and the Department offers assistance for students who will participate in exchange programmes. High North universities are of special interest. For each application, an individual assessment will be carried out by the Head of Studies.
UIT cooperates closely with the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS, and the programme offers great opportunities for elective courses or student exchange on Svalbard. The following UNIS courses are pre-approved in the programme:
- AT-205 Frozen ground engineering for Arctic infrastructure15 ECTS
- AT-208 Thermo-mechanical properties of materials 15 ECTS
- AT-301 Arctic infrastructure in changing climate 10 ECTS
- AT-323 Thermo-mechanics of sea ice cover and loads on structures 10 ECTS
- AT-327 Arctic Offshore Engineering 10 ECTS