MSc Marine Technology

TU Delft's MSc Programme in Marine Technology (MT) – the only one of its type offered in the Netherlands – gives future engineers the knowledge and skills they need to handle the entire process of design, construction, production and operation of these ships and marine systems.

Introduction week

Late enrolment

If you are enrolling later in the year, you will be invited for next year’s introduction, however you will need to contact the Master Coordinator yourself for support with your individual study programme.

In the first week of education, we’ll leave Delft for a couple of days with all students and staff. The goal of this trip is on the one hand to learn all about the different options within your master and help you pick your individual study programme. On the other hand to get to know both your fellow students and the staff involved in the master.

Information about the introduction week will be sent out to you in advance.

Start studiejaar / Start Academic year

31 August 2020

Track information

The Master Marine Technology is the study of the ship and its surroundings from an engineering perspective. The Master's programme Marine Technology offers two tracks.

Design, Production & Operation (MT-DPO)

Shipping is changing; digitization and an energy revolution, are forcing ship owners and yards to innovate their business. The group Ship Design Production and Operations is working on these challenges, requiring new design methodologies, innovative production methods, algorithms for optimising your design or logistical chain. Our research is our education, giving future engineers the knowledge and skills to handle these and other challenges in the design, construction and operations of ships.

The SDPO track provides a solid basis for working in industry as well as in research institutes. Graduates are found everywhere, improving not only the products but also the process (be it production, design or operations) and working as expert or integrator in mixed teams. This attitude and knowledge are developed in a challenging and personally tailored master program, where integration and application of knowledge, both from the bachelor and acquired in the master, plays a key role. Next to this the master has an international orientation, voiced by good possibilities to do a part of your second year abroad. A worthwhile experience in this time of globalisation.

Within the SDPO track, you can graduate within four different research groups, each with several faculty members, who all have their own in-depth specialty. So there is a lot to choose from and you are able to combine in-depth study of technical topics with logistics, technical marketing, management, safety and/or sustainability subjects. Each direction has its own focus, being Ship Design, Production, Marine Engineering or Shipping Management. However there are no clear boundaries between the subjects of each group. In many cases faculty members from two groups will work together on a research project, each bringing his unique knowledge to the table. Students are challenged to use the master courses to find out what really interests them, creating their own specialization and thesis project around these interests

Science (MT-Sc)

In the Science track, the aim is to develop knowledge, skills, and tools to aid in the analysis and design of ships and offshore structures, as well as new concepts for ships and other floating structures and to apply new construction materials. Students receive an in depth knowledge of and skills in applying the fundamentals of hydrodynamics and structural materials. This is necessary as such work generally cannot be based on past experience and existing concepts alone. Key words in this respect are design based on the application of knowledge and skills with respect to first principles. Moreover, students will consider the various social and environmental impacts associated with marine technology applications.

The bulk of the Science track is taken up with the study of mathematics, advanced hydrodynamics, properties of new materials, advanced methods of structural analysis and advanced ship concepts. During their education students also address a number of social and environmental subjects. They develop skills in solving multidisciplinary problems through systematic thinking, analysis and synthesis, and they learn to work in multidisciplinary teams as well as independently.

First Year

Before September 21 2018 students starting the MSc-MT make an appointment to have their Individual Study Programmes signed by the coordinator.

You are required to follow 60 EC of courses and projects. This part contains an obligatory part for all MT students (about 25 EC), a part related to your track (about 10 EC) and at least two electives you will need to select from a limited group of options (one content focussed and one on ethics). For Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students there is also an obliged homologation course

The remaining credits you can fill with electives and need to be agreed upon by the Master Coordinator.


More information can be found in Brightspace.


Second Year

The second year consists out of 15 EC in courses, or an individual research assignment in the first part of the year.

The second part is a 45 EC graduation project. The focus of this project is of course your ability to perform research, preferably in line with the research of the department. Where you will execute this research is up to you. This can be at the University itself making use of the network of your supervisor to understand the practical side of theoretical problem. Or at a company, identifying suitable theories for practical problems, with the help of your TUDelft supervisor.


More information can be found in Brightspace.


Additional information

Contact information


Peter Wellens


Peter de Vos