Bachelor of Engineering, Maritime Technology

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering
Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
Extent: 4,5 years 270 credits
Location: Turku
Application period:

Study objectives

The aim of the education is to train competent and versatile chief engineers for domestic, European and international traffic. The main task of a chief engineer include being responsible for leading vessels technical department, and being responsible for vessels technical safety concerning both people and the environment. The education also offers a good base for functioning in leading positions in land-based organizations within the maritime field.


The core studies cover the duties of engine officers. The studies involve mechanical engineering, seamanship, ship technology and electrical engineering. A large part of the education is realised through the schools' simulator and workshops. The training fulfils the requirements set in The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW-convention).

Language of instruction

The programme is offered in English.

Study contents

The core studies cover the duties of engine officers.

Content of studies

  • mechanical engineering
  • seamanship
  • ship technology
  • electrical engineering

A large part of the education is realized through the advanced simulator center and workshops.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The education leads to a Chief Engineer competency.  The training fulfils the requirements set in The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW-convention).

Structure of studies

The studies consists of   

  • Basic studies 
  • Professional studies 
  • Elective studies 
  • Onboard training 
  • Thesis 15 ECTS

The studies are divided into three levels

Support Level (Watchman Engineer)

After completing support level including practical training (after approximately one year) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watchman Engineer and after that it is possible to complete the rest of your practical training as a paid crew member.

Operational Level (Watch Officer Engineer)

After completing operational level including guided practical training (after an additional two years) you can apply for the certificate of competence for Watch Officer Engine.

Management Level (Cheif Engineer)

The main task of a chief engineer includes being responsible for managing the vessels' technical department, and being responsible for its technical safety concerning both people and the environment. To be able to apply for a certificate of competence as Chief Engineer a student must complete their degree (Bachelor of Marine Engineering) and gain work experience as Engine Officer on ships. The certificate of competence (Chief Engineers License) is issued by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Traficom).

Final project

The Bachelor’s thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and /or external commissions, joint projects or other projects related to working life. Examples are:

  • reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
  • development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
  • product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
  • a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
  • a portfolio

Career opportunities

Graduates from the degree programme in Maritime Technology are professional and versatile chief engineers, qualified for Finnish, European and International careers. The first self-evident career at sea can be as officers on board any type of vessel. Shore based careers within the maritime industry are underpinned by a sufficient career at sea. The maritime industry offers land based positions within different authorities, shipping companies, brokers, insurance companies, yards, logistics, and so on.


The aim is that the student completes the theoretical studies qualifying the student for the Chief Engineers competency. With the Bachelor’s degree and sufficient work experience the maritime authorities, traficom, will issue the Chief Engineers License.

Tuition fees

Information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS is found here


Students can participate in international activity by

  •  studying as an exchange student for a semester or an academic year at one of our partner schools around the world
  • doing an internship abroad
  • participating in intensive courses and projects with international students

We aim at strengthening our international profile in the EU primarily in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. Novia is actively involved in various programs and build a network of strategic partner institutions and other stakeholders in Europe.

Erasmus partner schools

Netherland: Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz
Turkey: Dokuz eylül universitesi
Spain: Universidad de cadiz
Germany: Jade hochschule
Sweden: Linnéuniversitet

Nordplus network partners

Högskolan på Åland
Chalmers tekniska högskola, Sweden
Högskolen i Vestfold, Norway

Other partners

Philippines: GigaMare training center.
Novia takes active part of the development of continuing education at GigaMare, where Novia is a partner.

Co-operation with other parties

The simulation resources of Aboa Mare (Novia) consist of ten simulator bridges, engine room simulators, VTS (Vessel Traffic System) simulator, DP (Dynamic Positioning) –simulator and radio simulator. Aboa Mare can offer training on CONSILIUM, FURUNO, SAM Electronics, SPERRY and TRANSAS bridges in its simulator. With Aboa Mares own developed simulator interface Aboa Mare can generate technical faults to the real navigational instruments on the bridges. Aboa Mares staff consists of 40 simulator instructors with a wide range of experience in shipping.

Major shipping companies (for example Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Neste Oil) are training their officers in Aboa Mares simulators. Aboa Mare also have extensive co-operation with companies in research and other projects, for example ABB, Wärtsilä, Elomatic and Eniram.

Aboa Mare have a long tradition of pilotage training and examination, simulator training in critical situations and today a big effort is put into ice navigation and energy-efficient ship operations.

Aboa Mare is authorized by the Finnish Maritime Administration to deliver STCW maritime education and to arrange pilot exemption exams for the Finnish fairways. We are also audited by IALA to arrange VTS operator training according to the IALA standard and by Nautical Institute to arrange DP training. The quality of our training is guaranteed by DNV ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.

Research focus

WINMOS –Winter navigation motorways of the sea

The project reduces the problems caused by sea ice in the Baltic Sea. Sea ice is a difficult burden to industries that depend on fast, reliable deliveries. A large number of ships suffered serious delays because of prevailing ice conditions during the winters of 2010 and 2011.

MONALISA 2.0 Securing the chain by intelligence at sea.

A project that will contribute to more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly maritime transport. Modern technology and real-time data and new methods for data exchange between ship and shore should take the shipping into the future.

MONA LISA 2.0 includes 30 partners. It is about authority, representatives from private industry and academia in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Norway.