Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations

Degree: Master of Engineering
Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
Extent: 2 years 60 credits
Location: Turku
Application period: 4-18 January 2023

This Master's degree programme is for you who are interested to be a part of the fourth industrial revolution in maritime technology. The programme has a special focus concerning the digitalization of maritime operations. The target is to achieve state of the art competence and knowledge in the area of autonomous maritime operations.

The Master's degree programme in Autonomous Maritime Operation comprises 60 ECTS and the degree title is Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations.

Structure of Studies

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:

  • Studying in the Master’s programme and introduction to Research and research methods
  • Autonomous vessels-automation
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Machine Interaction
  • Remote Operations
  • Cyber Security and Connectivity
  • Classification, Qualification and Safety Perspectives

The studies are optimized for flexible learning and studying, parallel with fulltime employment ashore or at sea. The studies are arranged at site and online with the lecture materials, as well as the assignments to be completed online, in the system Moodle. We use Microsoft Teams for communication in the group, both students and teachers. For study administrative things the Peppi system is used. It is recommended but not mandatory for you during the studies to attend some sessions in person at campus. It can namely also be good to meet and network with your peers and thesis supervisor. The lectures that take place on campus will be recorded. We meet on average two days a month. 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 usually realized as a research and development project related to working life.

It is mandatory to visit Finland to show the student Admission the original certificates used in the application and to strengthen one’s personal identity. Moving to Finland is not necessary for the studies. Moreover, such a thing would be something between Finnish Immigrations Service and the student. It is recommended but not mandatory for you during the studies to attend some sessions in person at campus. This can be a good opportunity to meet and network with your peers and thesis supervisor. Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity when initiating the studies.

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. Constructing a thesis subject and the potential collaboration with an organization is at the responsibility of the student.

Alternatives for the thesis are, for example:

  • an investigation or analysis
  • a development project or case
  • theoretical work
  • product development, such as a prototype or a model

Career Opportunities

After completing the programme in Autonomous Maritime Operations, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates should be better suited for future employments related to the digitalization in the maritime sector.


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.

Tuition fees

Free of charge for EU/EES students, 9 000 EUR/academic year for non-EU/EES students. More information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS.


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.

Co-operation with Other Parties

Novia UAS and Aboa Mare, the unit for maritime education, co-operate with several universities both internationally and nationally. Co-operation takes place e.g. within RDI 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 have a long tradition in cooperation with marine installation manufacturing companies’ i.e. ABB, Kongsberg and Wärtsilä in training and consulting services.

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.

Read more about applying to Novia UAS here.