MSc Programme

The overall objective of the Delft University of Technology Offshore & Dredging Engineering MSc Degree curriculum is to prepare its participants to work in and lead teams of engineers which design all sorts of man-made objects to be used in localized areas of the (deeper) sea.
The entire MSc curriculum lasts two academic years and consists of 120 ECTS. The courses which make up the Offshore & Dredging Engineering MSc curriculum are divided into the core curriculum and a specialisation of choice.

Generally speaking, each participant is expected to include the following in his or her own study programme:

  • The common core curriculum
  • One specialisation
  • Elective courses to complement 120 ECTS

The Core Curriculum

The core curriculum for the master degree Offshore Engineering consists of the following courses. These courses total 75 ECTS, including the thesis. Below you will find a short description of all the courses and a link to the official Digital Study Guide. For each of the specialisations there is a supplement core curriculum, these can be seen in the specialisations pages.

Introduction to Offshore Engineering - 3ECTS

The course provides a general introduction to offshore engineering, it's main objective is to introduce students to the offshore engineering world. The general introduction consists of the history of offshore activities, safety engineering, the offshore environment, energy and engineering at sea.  

The second objective is to provide the students with knowledge needed for the survey project (OE44015), which will be given in the second year.  

Introduction to Dredging Engineering - 3ECTS

The course provides a general introduction to the dredging world. Based on the working methods of a Cutter Suction Dredge (CSD) and a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge (TSHD) the physical processes involved in dredging are identified and discussed. Students will learn to estimate the dimensions, production and power requirements of dredging ships.

Introduction to Ship and Offshore Hydromechanics - 3ECTS

This course is about the interaction between the sea and an object in it such as a ship, marine riser, offshore tower or a marine pipeline. Students will learn to calculate the floating stability of a ship, model both potential and real flow and calculate the forces

Motions & Loading of Structures in Waves - 5ECTS

Students participating in this course will have a superior knowledge of the motion of floating bodies in the sea. They will be familiar with first order ship motions in irregular waves as well as drift forces, resulting from nonlinear phenomena. Students will be able to predict the motions of floating bodies in the ocean and determine the offshore workability.  

The objective of this course is to become prepared to handle uncertainties in a design situation. These (technical) uncertainties can proceed from either: Loadings such as those caused by irregular waves, long term extreme environmental conditions, man-machine interactions and material property variations.

Probabilistic Design - 4ECTS OR Ultimate Strength of Marine Structures - 5ECTS

Probabilistic Design: The objective of this course is to become prepared to handle uncertainties in a design situation. These (technical) uncertainties can proceed from either: Loadings such as those caused by irregular waves, long term extreme environmental conditions, man-machine interactions and material property variations.

Ultimate Strength of Marine Structures: The goal of this course is to assess the safety of a marine structure subject to the ultimate limit state. A solid understanding of the ultimate limit state and ways to model it are developed. The main focus is on buckling and fracture. Analytical and numerical methods will be applied to both failure mechanisms.

Ocean Waves - 6ECTS

This course addresses the observation, analysis and prediction of wind-generated waves in the open ocean and coastal waters. Two techniques are introduced: a statistical description and a spectral technique. This is followed by the linear theory of surface gravity waves. Linear wave theory gives the interrelation between physical characteristics as the surface motion, the wave-induced pressure in the water and the motion of water particles. Sources and sinks are added to this balance to represent: the generation of waves by wind, the interactions amongst the waves themselves and the dissipation of the waves by white-capping. |
The second part of the course focuses on wave transformation in coastal waters, and therefore on the effects of sea bottom topography and currents (shoaling, refraction, diffraction, reflection, depth-induced breaking).

Research Exercise (6ECTS) OR Offshore Renewable Energy (6ECTS)

Research Exercise: The research exercise allows the student to further his/hers knowledge in a certain area of interest. The area of interest is to be chosen by the student in colaboration with one of the professors from the faculty. It is mainly elected when students are studying, or doing an internship, abroad and therefore are unable to attend the surveying project

Offshore Renewable Energy: This course will introduce the students to the technical aspects and detailed understanding of ocean energy technologies (wave, tidal current and ocean thermal energy OTEC). The course combines lectures on offshore renewable energy technologies, CO2 and energy storage. The students will participate in a realistic project teamwork with young industry coaches and working on actual cases with stakeholder and risk management assessment, modelling and energy extraction analysis from the offshore environment, including an overview of the project development of safe and reliable offshore energy technologies.

Problem Analysis Thesis - 10 ECTS

The problem analysis thesis can be seen as a proposal to the final thesis. It is to be assigned with one of the associate proffesors in the field of interest of the student. More information is to be seen in the subject: "Thesis" 

Thesis - 35 ECTS

The thesis is a medium by which a participant demonstrates attainment of a professional level within his or her Offshore Engineering MSc Degree programme. The coaching team is dependent upon topic, but usually including at least two  TU Delft faculty members including at least one full professor who serves

You have to choose a minimum of 3 ECTS and a maximum of 6 ECTS.

  • Ethics and Engineering (3ECTS)
  • Philosophy of engineering science and design (3ECTS)
  • Ethics of Transportation (3ECTS)
  • Ethics of Technological Risks (3ECTS)
  • Climate Ethics (3ECTS)
  • Water Ethics (3ECTS)


Offshore & Dredging Engineering includes five specialisations. These are: Bottom Founded Structures, Dredging Engineering, Trenching & Deepsea Mining, Floating Offshore Structures, Structural Design & Analysis and Offshore Renewable Energy.