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Curriculum Marine Engineering

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Marine engineers are responsible for the functioning of the ship as a machine: the propulsion and the engines, all measuring systems, the electricity and electrical engineering, the water purification, the production of steam and the purification of ballast water and the engine emissions. They learn how all these technical systems are interconnected and how they should function like a well-oiled machine. This is done not only through theoretical subjects, but also through thorough skills training labs throughout the curriculum, in the workshop and on simulators.

In addition, these students also study the important new technological innovations in the dredging or offshore world, and learn how they can contribute to that innovation through research. That is why the training also offers future marine engineers a broad basis in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Finally, Marine Engineering students acquire general knowledge and skills that every seafarer needs, such as maritime safety, firefighting, dealing with environmental regulations on board, medical techniques, maritime English and communication skills.


Curriculum Academic Bachelor - STCW Operational level

From the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, the marine engineering program will be offered as an academic program (3 years of bachelor + 1 year of master).

The student guide gives a detailed overview of the course units.

  • Nautical Faculty: Ship's stability and construction - Safety technology - Fire safety - Maritime environmental issues - ISPS & ISM - Ship administration and maritime law - Tanker cargo handling - Dangerous products
  • Faculty of Sciences: Introduction to economics and business management - Maritime economics - Mathematics / physics - Data analysis - Chemistry - General mechanics and hydromechanics - Maritime medicine - Maritime English - Communication and reporting - Psychology: human aspects of navigation
  • Faculty of Naval Mechanics: Electricity - Marine diesel - Marine auxiliary machines - Maritime technology - Technical drawing, practical work and hands-on training- Resistance of materials - Naval automation - Naval electronics and electrotechnics - Engine Resource Management (ERM) - Multidisciplinary exercises on simulator - Thermodynamics and heat transmission - Steam installations - Innovative maritime technologies
  • On-board training
  • Bachelor thesis


Curriculum Academic Master* - STCW Management Level + STCW AIII / 6 Electro Technical Officer

  • Compulsory courses - Core Modules: Mechatronics - Information and communication technology - training in naval mechanics - Multidisciplinary training on simulator and seminars - Optimization and innovation of energy systems - Dredging techniques - Management of innovation in marine engineering - Advanced control technologies - Classification and survey - Communication strategies   
  • Elective courses: Advanced maritime ecology and technology - Maritime transportation - Analysis of shipping markets - Data science - Port management and policy - Hydrodynamics of a vessel - Offshore technology for engineers - Advanced stability - Advanced tanker training (Oil / Gas & IGF / Chemicals)
  • Master dissertation

* The master year will be offered from 2024 onwards.


Curriculum Professional Bachelor - STCW Management Level (Year 1+2+3) - Phased out from 2021 onwards

  • Ship management and shipboard operations
    Stability – Ship safety – Firefighting – Maritime ecology – ISPS & ISM – Ship administration and maritime law – Tanker familiarisation – Special ship types (elective)
  • Applied sciences
    Electricity – Marine diesel engines – Auxiliary machines – Ship construction and maritime technology – Technical drawing, workshop practice and practical training – Engine Resource Management – Strength of materials – Ship’s automation – Ship’s electronics and electrotechnics – Multidisciplinary simulator exercises – Thermodynamics and heat transfer – Steam installations
  • Economy and management
    Economic evaluation of maintenance
  • Exact sciences and computer science
    Mathematics – Informatics – Chemistry – General mechanics and hydromechanics
  • Social sciences and languages
    Maritime English – Maritime medicine – Communication and reporting
  • On-board training
  • Bachelor thesis


For a more detailed overview of the courses

pdfStudy Guide Bachelor in Marine Engineering