Master of Science (MSc) in Ocean Engineering

Ocean engineering

Study Programme

The overarching aim of the education is to provide candidates with science-based engineering skills for sustainable development of the blue economy.

There is a growing need, both in Denmark and abroad, for expertise in maritime industries - from off-shore energy, shipping, fisheries, marine spatial planning, and coastal engineering – sectors that are expected to grow in coming years. Science-based engineering solution for sustainable blue growth requires both an understanding of the marine environment – both its physical and living components – as well as the knowledge and skill to implement engineering solutions in a marine setting.

The marine environment presents enormous possibilities for development, the so-called blue economy. The oceans after all represent over 70% of the earth’s surface. However, it also provides ecosystem services that are often undervalued or overlooked. These include regulating global climate, a reservoir of biodiversity, and fisheries production. Responsible development of the blue economy requires both technical expertise and understanding of the ocean environment.

The MSc programme in Ocean Engineering thus covers a wide range of courses in these varied areas. The study programs integrates these into a set of highly valued competences.

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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The MSc in Ocean Engineering offers a high degree of flexibility in the students' individual study plan.

You can design your own study programme and career by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU with emphasis on areas such as analytical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, materials or sustainable chemistry.

Alternatively, you can choose to specialize in one of the five predefined study lines:


The Ocean Engineering programme provides candidates with a unique set of components that are highly sought after in various marine engineering sectors.

These competences include knowledge of the physical challenges in constructing off shore installations, developing technologies for both surface and underwater observations, describing and modelling interactions with the natural marine environment, and the ability evaluate the sustainability of engineering activities across a broad range of metrics.

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