Study plan for 5MAMN-HTEK Ocean Technology, Integrated Master's, 5 years, fall 2020

Name of qualification

Master of Science in Ocean Technology

ECTS Credits

Five years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.





Objectives and content

Exploration, mapping and monitoring of marine environment and resources are based on marine measurement systems and marine installations. These have a fundamental importance for the development of fisheries and aquaculture, for the monitoring of marine environment (ocean currents, biomass, ecosystem, seabed topography and seabed properties), climate (ocean temperature and ice mass in the far north), renewable energy (wave and offshore wind), the Royal Norwegian Navy (active and passive monitoring techniques), for the petroleum industry, as well as exploration of new mineral and biological resources in the deep ocean.

The study program aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of core topics in ocean technology with particular focus on marine measurement systems and marine installations. The program is designed so that the students will develop the ability to understand existing ocean technology while focusing on possibilities for further development of ocean technology. Innovation is emphasized.

The academic profile of the program is based on applied physics and technology with key topics such as marine acoustics and optics, measurement technology and instrumentation as well as marine constructions.

The value creation in the Norwegian marine industry is growing strongly and is an important foundation for further economic growth and development in Norway in the years ahead. To ensure a good and forward-looking technological development the marine industry need employees with advanced knowledge of core topics in ocean technology, which is the core of this study program.

The study program in ocean technology has focus on "Marin measurement systems" and "Marine installations" with specialized courses in acoustics / optics / measurement technology and construction.

In addition to basic courses in mathematics, physics, statistics and computer programming, the programme includes an introductory course in marine environment which is compulsory in the first semester. In addition, the programme contains a course in technology management, finance and innovation, as well as practical training in a business / research establishment with tasks related to ocean technology

The specialization "Marin measurement systems" contains courses in measurement technology, instrumentation, signal and system analysis and hydrodynamics with a further specialization in instrumentation, acoustics or optics.

The specialization "Marine installations" contains courses in thermodynamics, materials science, measurement technology, hydrodynamics as well as courses in experimental methods and tools such as CFD-analysis and 3D-modelling.

The work methods are lectures, seminars, laboratory work, practical training in a business / research activity and excursions, in addition to a supervised research project in the form of a thesis. The program consists of courses at the University of Bergen and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the study programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • have a thorough knowledge of ocean technology and can discuss key challenges and opportunities in the field
  • have in-depth knowledge in one of the two specializations of the study program; Marin measurement system and Marine installations
  • have advanced knowledge within the chosen specialization of instrumentation, acoustics or optics in Marine measurement systems, or in the chosen subject area in the Marine installations specialization
  • has knowledge in subjects such as mathematics, physics, programming/ICT and technology, which provides a good foundation for continuous update of knowledge and competence within ocean technology.


The candidate

  • can analyze problems in ocean technology and discuss ways in which these can be explored by using theory and experimental methods
  • can perform advanced calculations, measurements and analysis within ¿Marine measurement systems¿ or ¿Marine installations¿
  • can handle and present measurement data as well as discuss precision and accuracy
  • can use software programming tools to analyze and process measurement data as well as for modelling and/or process control
  • can perform a supervised research project according to ethical norms in an independent and self-initiative manner on a topic related to Marine measurement systems or Marine installations

General competence

The candidate

  • can analyze relevant issues within the chosen specialization (Marin measurement systems or Marine installations), as well as discuss and communicate these to both specialists and other interested parties who do not have in-depth knowledge in the field
  • can with his/her knowledge and skills work independently or in groups with practical technological and/ or scientific tasks of high complexity
  • can analyze issues related to ocean technology with focus on professional/ research related ethics issues, and respect values such as ethics, transparency and reliability in their own work
  • has a scientific basis for active participation in innovation processes based on a thorough knowledge of ocean technology in general, and in depth knowledge in one of the specialization areas "Marine measurement systems¿ or "Marine installations" in particular

Admission Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification including specific requirements from upper secondary school (SIVING).

Recommended previous knowledge

Good knowledge in mathematics and physics are an advantage. We therefore recommend 3rd grade level high school physics.

Introductory Courses


Compulsory units

The Master¿s programme consists of two components: Coursework of 240 credits and an individual research project (Master¿s thesis) of 60 credits.

The structure of the programme is shown in the tables below for the different specializations. All courses that are listed with a course code are compulsory. HTEK101 is compulsory in the first semester of the study programme. The extent of compulsory and elective courses varies slightly between the different specializations. Elective courses from the 7th semester and onwards are to be chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor. Courses in the tables marked with * are given at the Western Norway University of applied Sciences. The tables below applies to students that started in 2019 or later. Other tables apply to students that startet in 2017 and 2018. These are available upon request to the student advisor.

Recommended electives

The extent of compulsory and elective courses varies slightly between the different specializations. Elective courses from the 7th semester and onwards are to be chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor.

Please contact academic supervisor or student advisor can be contacted regarding recommended electives. UiB-courses that are to be included from the 7th semester and onwards, has to be at 200- or 300- level. HVL-courses that are to be included from the 7th semester and onwards, has to be classified as ¿tekniske spesialiseringsemne¿ or be at an equivalent level. The availability of HVL-courses is limited.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading "Compulsory units".

Study period abroad

The programme committee has made adaption for students who want to take parts of the study abroad.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods used in the various courses includes: lectures, seminars/ colloquium, group projects, excursions, laboratory exercises, exercise problem workshops/ reviews, experiential learning (board games / simulation games), lecturer contact hours, oracle and practical training in industry/ research company.

The Master's thesis is an independently scientific work conducted under scientific supervision.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in the study program includes: written exam, oral exam, oral project presentation, midterm exam, multiple-choice exam, term paper, laboratory journals and portfolio assessment.
The final step in the study program is the oral Master's thesis examination which is held when the Master's thesis has been submitted, evaluated and approved.

Grading scale

At UoB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.
The master's thesis will be graded A to F.
The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral education (PhD) the candidate must have completed a master's degree.
To qualify for the Doctoral education (PhD) at UiB the average grade for the master's thesis, the Master's degree and the bachelor's degree should be at least C.
In order to get enrolled you have to be granted a fellowship for doctoral training.


The value creation in the marine sector in Norway is growing strongly and is central to the overall economic development in the years ahead.

The marine sector includes technology companies developing and manufacturing marine sensors and marine observation platforms. It includes subsea companies using remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles (ROVs / AUVs) for inspection and maintenance of subsea installations. The fishing industry is basing its harvesting of marine resources on the use of acoustic sensors, and the aquaculture industry which employs marine sensor technologies for monitoring of production and the environment.

In addition, there are a number of research and development institutions and central government institutions in Bergen with focus on marine activities. University of Bergen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Norwegian Navy, The Institute of Marine Research and NORCE all make use of advanced marine technology.

An education in ocean technology qualifies for a technology position in broad specter of companies and research establishments within marine related business and research. In addition a Master¿s degree in ocean technology qualifies for Ph.D. studies, which will give opportunities to work as a scientific researcher.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the program.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Physics and Technology, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the program if you have any questions: