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Nautical Operations (PhD programme in Nautical Operations )

PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)


Tijdsduur 8 semesters
Cost No fees.

The National Joint PhD programme in nautical operations educates qualified candidates for research, teaching, dissemination and innovation work, and other activities requiring scientific insight and an operational maritime focus.

The programme is organised as a joint degree between the following four national higher education institutions offering professional maritime education:

  • Universtity of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Norwegial University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

The partner institutions focus each on their specific areas of research within nautical operations and are responsible for their respective academic parts of the PhD programme.

The language of teaching and examination is English.

The programme has the following vision: to create an internationally recognized national PhD degree in nautical operations.

This vision will be achieved through the following overall objectives:

1) Strengthen the multidisciplinary national expertise in nautical operations through
collaboration between the four higher education institutions in Norway with professional
maritime education.
2) The PhD Programme in Nautical Operations is the preferred Programme in the field and
attracts good applicants nationally and internationally from major maritime nations.
3) Individuals graduating from the Programme are in demand both nationally and
internationally because they have a strong and relevant research-based expertise and the
ability to innovate and adapt.
4) Increase value creation and innovation through close cooperation between academia,
maritime industry and public sector.
5) The multidisciplinary national competence related to nautical operations constitutes an
internationally recognised professional environment that sets the terms for the development
of knowledge in the field.

Structurele componenten
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

Academic content
Nautical operations consist of two subject areas:

• Nautical studies that include navigation, maneuvering and transport of floating craft, and operations, indicating that the PhD program will focus on applied research to support, improve and develop the activities undertaken.
• The operational perspective includes strategic, tactical and operational aspects. Strategic levels include the choice of type and size of a ship fleet. Tactical aspects concern the design of individual ships and the selection of equipment and staff. The operational aspects include planning, implementation and evaluation of nautical operations.

There is a compulsory joint maritime course offered at all the four institutions.

The remaining academic content will be related to each area of specialisation at the four institutions:

• Maritime Organizational Safety Management and Fire Safety and Evacuation Research at HVL
• Maritime operations and sensor technology at UiT
• Maritime human factors as well as maritime logistics and port operations at USN
• Maritime design and product development at NTNU


Applicants who have an operational maritime educational and vocational background or who have other professional education relevant to nautical operations. Applicants must have completed an education at bachelor's and master's level which together comprises 300 credits.

ISCED Categories

Maritieme economie
Logistiek en bedrijfsvoering scheepsvaart
Marien and maritiem recht
Fysische en chemische oceanografie
Machines en operators
Near- en offshore infrastructuur
Maritieme veiligheid
Navigatie en zeemanschap