Prerequisites for Ocean Engineering

Academic requirements for this programme

Applicants from DTU 

The following Bachelor of Science in Engineering programmes give students access to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Ocean Engineering:

The following Bachelor in Engineering programme give students access to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Ocean Engineering:

Other National and International (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark) Applicants

Other Danish bachelor degrees:

  • University of Aarhus: BSc in Biology, Geoscience; B Eng in Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Aalborg: BSc in Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Sustainable Biotechnology; B Eng in Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • University of Copenhagen: BSc in Biology, Biology-Biotechnology, Geography and Geoinformatics, Natural Resources, Geology-Geoscience, Geophysics, Meteorology
  • University of Southern Denmark: BSc in Biology, Environment and Resource Management; B Eng in Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • University of the Faroe Islands: BSc in Biology, B.Sc. Molecular Life Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Energy and Mathematics

Candidates with other bachelor degrees (both Danish and foreign) are welcome to apply provided their BSc study contains the necessary prerequisite knowledge for MSc study. The evaluation of applications emphasizes courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and environmental engineering / sciences. It is recommended that the students use some of their electives to obtain knowledge related to some aspect of ocean sciences and technologies e.g., fisheries, marine ecosystems, offshore construction or oceanography.

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE)

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on