Ocean Structures (NTNU)


The Ocean Structures study track is discipline based and gives you a strong foundation for design from first principles of any type of ocean structure. One may group individual courses into  

  • description of the marine environment, including oceanography and theories for ocean waves, current and wind,
  • environmental loads, primarily dealing with hydrodynamic forces from waves and current, and rigid body motions from such loads,
  • load effects, which means methods for calculation of displacements, internal forces and stresses in any kind of structures from static and dynamic loads. Linear and non-linear finite element analysis is the main tool for such analyses,
  • structural capacity, which covers fatigue and fracture based on material properties, but also buckling of structural elements and total collapse of structures,
  • marine cybernetics, dealing with control theory relevant for marine operations like station keeping, offshore loading, and use of remote operated (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).

These disciplines constitute the basis not only for design-oriented courses related to offshore structures and conventional ships, but also for courses dealing with marine operations like pipelaying, towing and use of cranes on mobile platforms for installation of subsea modules.

The last year of the program will include a Master thesis pre-project (25-50 % of the 3rd semester) and the Master thesis (100 % of the 4th semester). In typical projects you will apply some of the disciplines on practical problems related to a large variety of ocean structures like new ship designs, offshore platforms, high speed vehicles, fish farms, wave energy converters and offshore windmills.

Career Prospects
As a graduate you will typically be employed in engineering companies involved in offshore projects for the petroleum industry, oil companies and marine entrepreneurs. The largest individual employer of engineers with this background is the classification foundation Det Norske Veritas, whose main activity is ship classification but also deals with risk management in other industry branches.  

The last two semesters (2nd year) must always be done at NTNU. The first two semesters can be done at either of the following universities:  


Click on either to see the corresponding curriculum.

16 FEBRUARY 2019