Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Master of Science

The Master's program "Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering" prepares graduates for scientific work in the fields of shipbuilding, ocean engineering and related mechanical engineering disciplines through in-depth and comprehensive engineering, mathematical and scientific knowledge. They have a critical awareness of recent findings in their discipline, on the basis of which they can act responsibly in their professional activities and society. Six thematic specializations are possible through the elective modules: design, construction and strength, fluid dynamics and ship theory, marine engineering, marine technology, and planning and manufacturing. Accordingly, the professional activity of the graduates can be either systems-oriented, e.g. in the design of a ship or a marine engineering facility, or focused on specific areas of expertise, such as hydrodynamics or the strength of steel structures.

Fact sheet

Study program Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Study duration: 4 semesters
Credit points according to ECTS: 120
Language: German/English
Type of study: Full-time study
Start of study: Winter semester (October) or summer semester (April)
Application period: June 1st – July 15th and December 1st – January 15th
Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree
Admission restriction: Yes
Dual studies possible: Yes

What characterizes this study program?

Graduates are able to analyze and solve problems scientifically, even if they are unusual or incompletely defined and have competing specifications; abstract and formulate complex problems from a new or developing area of their discipline; apply innovative methods in basic problem solving and develop new scientific methods; identify information needs, find and obtain information; plan and conduct theoretical and experimental investigations; critically evaluate data and draw conclusions;  investigate and evaluate the application of new and emerging technologies; methodically classify and systematically combine knowledge from different fields and deal with complexity; systematically familiarize themselves with new tasks in a short period of time; systematically reflect on non-technical implications of engineering activities and responsibly incorporate them into their actions; develop solutions that require in-depth methodological competence; successfully pursue a scientific activity with the goal of obtaining a doctorate.

The key qualifications already acquired in the Bachelor's program for practical engineering activities are expanded within the Master's program.

How is the program structured?

The study program is modular in design and is based on the university-wide standardized study program structure with uniform module sizes of six credit points (LP).

The program combines the disciplines of shipbuilding and marine engineering on the basis of the bachelor's degree already acquired. Essential basic subjects are mandatory for all students to ensure a uniform level of knowledge. In addition, students can individualize their studies due to the extensive freedom of choice.

In the common core qualification, students take the following modules with six LP each:

  • Structural analysis of ships and marine engineering structures
  • Ship vibration
  • Ship safety
  • Maritime behavior of ships and shipbuilding laboratory
  • Maritime engineering and marine engineering systems

Students specialize by individually selecting six compulsory elective modules from a diverse range.

In addition, the compulsory open module "Operation & Management" as well as "Non-technical supplementary courses in the Master's program" must be taken, each with six LP. In addition to the final Master's thesis, students complete an additional scientific project work.

  • Project work (12 LP)
  • Master thesis (30 LP)

What job can I take?

The study program deepens the engineering, mathematical and scientific bachelor education and imparts competences for systematic, scientific and independent solving of responsible tasks in industry and research. The content covers computational, design and implementation methods for ships and marine engineering systems. Through the individual selection of the elective modules, on the one hand there is the possibility of a certain specialization, on the other hand it is ensured that good knowledge in the related fields is available. This individual selection allows students to adapt and personalize their studies very flexibly due to the extensive range of elective subjects. The broad level of knowledge acquired in this way will consequently enable graduates to be broadly deployable in their careers. Graduates can take up scientific activities in universities and research institutes, especially with the aim of obtaining a doctorate, or decide to enter industry directly. Here, they can pursue specialist careers or, with increasing professional experience, qualify for demanding management tasks in the technical field (e.g. project, group or team leaders, development managers).

What are the requirements?

On the one hand, the specific admission requirements must be met. You should also have a fascination for ships and the sea! Your career prospects afterwards are almost ideal and you can almost certainly count on employment!

How do I apply?

You can apply annually for the winter semester in the period from June 1st to July 15th and for the summer semester in the period from December 1st to January 15th. For this you need a Bachelor's degree and sufficiently good German language skills (level B2.2). We conduct an online application procedure.


Further questions?

How to start?

To make it easier for you to start your studies at the TUHH, you will find various offers here:

  •     New@TUHH provides you with information on starting your studies, registration at the library and at the computer center.
  •     The Student Counseling Center offers an orientation session for incoming students of the German-language master's programs
Can I include a semester abroad?

A stay abroad is possible within the framework of the studies and is offered in the 3rd semester (winter semester). The participating institutes are happy to help with the arrangement of e.g. student research projects at universities abroad.

Can I study in the dual program?


Yes, you can! All Master of Science degree programs at the TU Hamburg can be studied dual. Since 2003, the Technical University of Hamburg has also offered its Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a dual study variant in cooperation with more than 50 cooperating companies.

The study concept combines complete university studies with professional practice in the engineering field. The students are employed by one of our cooperating companies and, as cohorts across study programs, represent the entire spectrum of engineering sciences.

The program is rounded off by seminars on the development of social skills, so that graduates can face the challenges of the working world in a responsible manner.

You can find more information about the dual study program at the TU Hamburg here:  


What are my options to do a PhD?

Graduates can take up scientific activities in universities and research institutes, especially with the aim of obtaining a doctorate. The TUHH is very active in this area and employs numerous doctoral students in numerous exciting projects.

How is campus life?

The TU Hamburg is one of the youngest universities in Germany. On the clearly arranged and cozy campus you will quickly get to know your new fellow students and in spring and summer numerous seating areas and green spaces invite you to linger together in the fresh air. In an almost familiar atmosphere, we celebrate our summer festival every year in June, where our TU's own beer brewing group "Campusperle" also offers its creations. Of course, you can also get involved in our numerous AGs, which also organize regular events, e.g. screenings of the cinema AG, concerts of SingING or SymphonING. Of particular interest to Data Science students are also the HULKs, who regularly participate in international robot soccer championships, for example.

If you decide to study at TUHH, you also decide to study in Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe, Germany's second largest city and certainly its most beautiful. Hamburg combines urbanity and maritime life and is also Germany's greenest city with over a million inhabitants. You will never get bored here: rowing on the canals during the day or jogging in the city park, sunset on the Elbe, a concert in the Elbphilharmonie or a pub night on the Schanze and the fish market at dawn. Here you will find everything for the adventurous, but also numerous quiet places to pause. Together with your fellow students, you will certainly explore Hamburg and its treasures quickly and get to know your new favorite place.

How do I start my career?

Career Center and Alumni Network TU&You

The TUHH Career Center supports students and graduates in the transition from university to work. The services offered include company contact fairs, the TUHH-PraxisPlus internship program for prospective TUHH master's students, case study workshops and job application training. The alumni network TU&YOU offers the opportunity to make contact with former TU members while still a student through a variety of events such as research afternoons, homecoming events and anniversaries.

Where can I find the relevant regulations?

All modalities for admission to the Master's program are regulated in the Statutes on Studies.

The framework conditions for examinations at TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.

All regulations relevant to the study program, the module manual and study plans can be found here.

Whom can I contact?

If you have any questions about your studies, you can always contact the Central Student Advisory Service or the head of the study program and the advisors!

Program coordinator

Prof. Dr. Sören Ehlers
M-10 Konstruktion und Festigkeit von Schiffen
  • Konstruktion und Festigkeit von Schiffen
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 4 (C),
21073 Hamburg
Building C, Room 4.008
Phone: +49 40 42878 3325

The study program is thematically located in the research field Aviation & Maritime Systems.


The study program is accredited.