Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations
Study Objectives and Studies
This Master's degree programme is for you who are interested to be a part of the fourth industrial revolution in maritime technology.
The Master's degree programme in Autonomous Maritime Operation comprises 60 ECTS and the degree title is Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations.
The programme has a special focus concerning the management and business administration in maritime operations. The studies include 6 courses of relevant subjects each of an extent of 5 credits. Following subjects are covered:
- Introduction to studies and introduction to Marine operations
- Autonomous vessels-automation
- Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Machine Interaction
- Remote Operations
- Cyber Security and Connectivity
- Classification, Qualification and Safety Perspectives
The meetings are used for lecturing, working with assignments, problem solving and keeping presentations. The major part of the studies is conducted online, in combination with self-studies and team work. The thesis work is realised as a research and development project related to working life.
After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will be better suited for future employments related to the digitalization in the maritime sector.
Eligibility to Apply and Application
Eligibility to apply to this programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least two years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. An appropriate Bachelor's degree in a related field for this programme can be Bachelor of Marine Technology, sjökapten (YH) or merikapteeni (AMK); Bachelor of Engineering (seafaring), ingenjör (YH) i sjöfart or merenkulun insinööri (AMK); or another appropriate Bachelor's degree completed in a relevant field such as maritime, marine engineering, automation engineering or ICT engineering.
Language of Instruction
The studies are conducted in English.
The Master's thesis is a demanding development project or research work combining theory, praxis and creation of new knowledge. The thesis subject and aim are based on requirements and needs of the maritime field. The theme of the thesis (30 ECTS) must be related to the fields studied, preferably agreed upon with an industry representative. The thesis thus works as a bridge between study and work, and gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical thinking to practical problems.
Alternatives for the thesis are, for example:
- an investigation (e.g., investigation, mapping, analysis and / or evaluation)
- a development project (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
- product development (such as a prototype or a model)
Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a Master's degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.
Co-operation with Other Parties
Novia UAS and Aboa Mare, the unit for maritime education, co-operates with several universities both internationally and nationally. Co-operation takes place e.g. within R&D projects, student and staff exchange and continuing education. International maritime actors visit Aboa Mare on a regular basis.
Aboa Mare’s location, in the same building as many representatives of maritime authorities, ensures smooth co-operation with them.
Novia UAS and Aboa Mare, the unit for maritime education has long tradition in cooperation with marine installation manufacturing companies’ i.e. ABB, Kongsberg and Wärtsilä in training and consulting services.
Given that the language of tuition is English, the possibilities for working on an international scale, both during and after the studies, are good. For example, the thesis project is suitable to conduct abroad or in an international business.
Postgraduate Study Opportunities
With a Master´s degree, students are able to continue to university post-graduate (licentiate/doctoral) studies, however universities may at their own discretion have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed Master’s degree.