In the programme

This section is for students who are already in the programme or who are going to start in the programme. But all others are of course also welcome to read it, in particular prospective applicants. It gives some practical information in more or less chronological order. You can also find information in the N5T Handbook.

What administrators, your local professor contact and the coordinator do for you

As an NMME student you are given freedom and independence to pursue your study, your interests and your life. To help you get the best out of your studies, there is at each university a local administrator and a professor who are your NMME programme contacts. They are also members of the Programme Board.

Administrators will help you with the practical details in relation to your study. This includes your arrival, and your signing-up for courses. If you encounter such practical problems, please take contact to your local administrator.

At each university you have a professor who is your NMME academic contact person. He will help you in case any particular coordination is needed. This may for instance be if you wish to deviate from the set curriculum, and he can also guide you the select to right elective courses.

The NMME coordinator is responsible for keeping the NMME programme a unified, rational programme. He will keep the specified curricula updated and do general coordination of the programme from curricula to homepage. The coordinator also keeps track of the performance of all students so you should send him semester reports (see later).

For you as a student, please:
• Stay in contact with the administrators and academic contacts during your studies!
• Inform your local administrative or academic contact if you encounter any problems during your studies. Most problems can be solved if they are dealt with early.

Curricula, including changes

The curricula (specification of courses) have been established with much care to ensure the best possible combination of courses that gives you a wide background in maritime engineering and at the same time contains your specialization. The curricula also fulfil the requirements set by the participating universities. For these reasons you are in general not allowed to change courses in your curriculum. However, universities regularly change their courses, and you may find a course that is not in the list but which you have a big wish to do. In such a case you must ask the NMME contact professors from both universities involved in your curriculum, and only if they give their permissions you can change. You must also notify the NMME coordinator.

Arrival at your first university

Before your arrival the international departments of your first university will have sent you various relevant material. They have also helped you with housing and signing up for courses for your first semester. Moreover, they will make welcome arrangements for you as well as for all other international students, so you can get easily and quickly comfortable in your new surroundings. Please also check the homepage of the university where you start.

When you are established at your new university please send your university registration number, address and e-mail address to the NMME coordinator.

Social weekend 1

The social weekend is a get-together for all students in the NMME programme. Usually also a number of professors and the coordinator will be present. It takes place mid September. You will be given further introduction and practical information on the programme. Visits to maritime research institutions and companies are usually arranged and also other more social activities with a maritime angle. Get information on the social weekends so far here:

The first semester

During the first semester you are studying interesting and challenging maritime engineering topics while also adjusting yourself to a new life in a new university and maybe in a new country. You probably find that the time flies fast while you are extremely busy, studying and making new friends. You will probably find the maritime engineering students clubs a great help, both for your study and your social life.

After the semester we from the Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering consortium would like to hear yor opinion on the programme so far, and we need to hear about your study performance. For those reasons we kindly ask you to fill out a semester report and send it to the NMME coordinator.

Exams, if you fail

If you fail an exam you must repeat it, maybe even the whole course. If you are still at the university where you failed, it is generally not a big problem. If you have already moved to University 2, and if you have to repeat the exam only, it may be possible to arrange for a re-sit. You will do the exam at exactly the same time as other students at University 1 in the same situation and you will sit in a room without communicating with others. You will receive the exam papers from a professor at University 2 to whom you will give your answer after the exam period and who will send your answer to University 1.

As you can see, it is much easier for everybody of you do not fail exams;)

The second semester

During the second semester you are still busy studying. You are now adjusted to the life at the university and hopefully you have also found good friends for a good time outside working hours. If you are not from a Nordic country, you may find the dark winter days quite challenging, but on the other hand also very suitable for concentration on studies and for social life.
Also after the second semester we would like to hear you opinion on the programme. So please fill out a semester report and send it to the NMME coordinator.

Transfer from the first to the second university

During the second semester, typically in February, you will receive a registration pack sent from university 2. It contains information on how apply for a residence permit in country 2, how to register for courses, information on accommodation etc. Procedures vary from university to university, so please read the information carefully.

The transfer can be interpreted as an arrival to your second university, so the arrivals activities as described above apply more or less again. Also now, when you are established at your second university, please send your university registration number, address and e-mail address to the NMME coordinator.

Social weekend 2

At the second social weekend you will be the experienced Nordic Master student and you will be able to share your experiences with the new students in the programme. Besides you will meet your friends again from your first university who have transferred to a university other than yours.

The third semester

The third semester gives you the challenges of a new university and a new Nordic country. If you are not from a Nordic country you have probably always had an impression of very similar countries, but now you will have the opportunity of studying all the differences, both between universities and countries.

During this semester you should also think about your thesis, see below.

Also after the third semester we would like to hear you opinion on the programme. So please fill out a semester report and send it to the NMME coordinator.

Preparing the thesis project

You have probably already now an idea about the subject of your thesis. Remember that the subject must be within your study track specialty. During your third semester you should take contact to a professor at your local university to discuss the possibilities. Please note that while you do your thesis according to the rules that apply to thesis work at the university where you are at present, you must have a supervisor from your first university, and your thesis will be evaluated by both universities. This is a condition for the double degree and the double diploma. If you cannot find a supervisor from your first university, please take contact to the NMME contact professor there.

It takes a little time and effort to establish the frames for a good thesis including selection of topic, finding supervisors, possible cooperation with industry, etc.. To assists you with this, please look at the thesis procedures and the thesis agreement form.

The fourth semester, writing your thesis

Writing you thesis can be considered as the summit of our MSc education. You are a very experienced student working dedicatedly on an interesting and challenging project. You will no doubt establish a good relationship with the supervisor(s)/instructor(s) from your local university, i.e. the one where you are at present. But you should also draw on the expertise from your second supervisor from your first NMME university. We suggest that you make a weekly informal progress report that you send to all your supervisors by email.
It is a good idea to have a good working-week plan with many working hours and time in between to relax.

You will probably experience the ups and downs that most students experience in their thesis work. Other students who are also working on their theses are good supports, and often you can also all share experience on the computer programs, you all use, etc.. As additional support we shall try to establish thesis writing working groups within the NMME programme.

The fourth semester ends when you submit your thesis. The assessment of your thesis will then be done by your supervisors and possibly external examiners. However, you should prepare for a presentation of your thesis work, which in some cases also counts to the grading. Please look at the thesis procedures and the thesis agreement form.

Also after your last semester we would like to hear you opinion, so please once more fill out a semester report and send it to the NMME coordinator.


After the successful assessment of your thesis and when you have done all your courses according to the curriculum, you have graduated. Congratulations!  


Since the NMME programme is a double degree programme you will get two diplomas, one from each university you attend. Additionally, you will get a diploma insert that explains the NMME programme. Once you have successfully completed the courses and MSc thesis, your two diplomas and the insert will be sent to you by post.

It takes around 6 weeks to issue a diploma.

Make sure that you keep us updated if you change addresses after you have graduated.

After graduation

All universities have career services that help you to write CVs and applications. Some students prefer to concentrate on their thesis, but it is never-the-less a good idea to start applying for jobs before you graduate. If you are from a non-EU country you should be aware of the expiry date of your visa. Typically non-EU students have 6 months to apply for a job, but you should check the local rules.

If you are looking to stay it is good idea to learn a bit of the local language.