Ship at sea in sunset.

We are situated in the middle of the world’s largest maritime cluster, and you will benefit from international and regional expertise.


Ship Design

A ship is a very complex organism. Various systems act in concert to perform the different tasks a ship may be designed to carry out. Aalesund University College is situated in the middle of the world’s largest maritime cluster, and you will benefit from international and regional expertise.

It is a great engineering challenge to design new ship systems that could turn shipping into the most efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation in the future. New ship design is typically in response to needs coming from new technologies, changes in the world politics, new strategies and lessons learned from previous ship development.

During your second semester you choose one of the following majors:

  • Ship Structural Design. In this course you will study the factors influencing the structural design of ships. Theoretical understanding of the structural capacity of a ship is accompanied by up-to-date practical calculation methods.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). A theoretical background to numerical prediction of fluid flow is given. CFD tools are used to predict the resistance of ship hulls and to study local flows for design optimization of various structural details (brackets, rudder positions, etc.)


  • Product Family Design
  • Industrial Design and the Human Factor
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
  • Ship Design
  • Ship Hydrodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Ship Structural Design
  • Managing International Corporations
  • Scientific Theory and Methods

Course modules

  • Lean systems
  • System modelling
  • System simulation
  • System engineering
  • Automation of repeated design tasks
  • Structural integration of heavy equipment on hull structures
  • Platform design
  • Visualization
  • Ships and Systems for Cold and Harsh Environments
  • Advanced Marine Operations
  • Safety Evaluation of Marine Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Multiphysics

Modules are taught by teams involved in maritime operations. The modules are taught as short, intensive courses. Qualified lecturers come from all over the world.

Structure of the programme

Discipline oriented master programme (120 ECTS credits):Two years full-time, or four years part-time.

Professional master degree (90 ECTS credits):1.5 years full-time, or three years part-time.

Read what a former student has to say

Joao Paulo Siqueira Cezario (Brazil) graduated from AAUC in 2013. He now holds a position as trainee at Rolls Royce. Read what he has to say about Master in Ship Design.