Study Information

Ship and Offshore Technology

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You are looking for a demanding bachelor/master degree course with good perspectives, taking into account your enthusiasm for the latest technologies and giving you the chance to be creative, and at the same time offering you excellent career opportunities? If so, the degree course “Ship and Offshore Technology ” within the graduate and undergraduate programmes “Mechanical Engineering” at the University of Duisburg-Essen is exactly what you are looking for!

Your career prospects

Your job opportunities are very varied and prospects are excellent, due to a sound education during the bachelor and master degree courses in mechanical engineering, focusing on Ship and Offshore Technology .

This flexibility enables graduates to find safe and lucrative job positions in Germany and abroad, with classification societies, shipyards, suppliers to the offshore and shipbuilding industries, shipbuilding research centres, shipping companies, ministries and authorities as well as with engineering companies, in the automobile industry, in aerospace and in many other fields.

As a result of the high demand for qualified university graduates, students are frequently given job offers before having completed their studies!

Individual studies

The subjects shown below only give you an overview of the wide range of compulsory courses and electives available in Ship and Offshore Technology. With the electives you are able to make your studies more individual, depending on your interests.

Structure of the study course

7-semester bachelor degree course (extract):

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Computing
  • Electrical engineering
  • Control technique
  • Thermo dynamics
  • Materials science
  • 8-week basic internship

Focus on ship technology:

  • Structural analysis of ships and offshore structures I
  • Design of ships and offshore structures I
  • Hydrodynamics I
  • Structural Design of ships and offshore structures
  • Marine power plants I
  • Offshore engineering
  • 12-week professional internship

Bachelor thesis

3-semester master degree course (extract):

  • Finite Element Method I
  • Computational fluide dynamics for incompressible flows I
  • Hydrodynamics II
  • Safety and risk analysis
  • Seakeeping and hydrodynamic loads of ships and offshore structures
  • Safety and risk analysis of ships and offshore structures
  • Structural analysis of ships and offshore structures II


  • Wave theory and wave loads
  • Design of submarines
  • Electrical devices on board of ships
  • Port industry and logistics
  • Fiber reinforced composites

Master thesis

Support during your studies

A big advantage of the studies in Ship and Offshore Technology  is that the number of students is restricted. As a result, supervision by the professor, assistant lecturers and assistants is very personal.

Students of higher semesters are also more than willing to support you in any aspects of your studies. Thanks to the individual atmosphere within the student community of our institute, it is easy to make personal contacts. Each student has access to work places and the CFD processor cluster. ( (

Requirements for studying Ship and Offshore Technology

In order to register for the bachelor programme in Ship and Offshore Technology, you need the German “Abitur” (baccalaureate) or an equivalent high school graduation/diploma. You may also be registered without “Abitur” (e.g. advanced technical college certificate) including an assessment test. Information can be obtained from the “Studierendensekretariat (, foreign students should contact the International Office of the University of Duisburg-Essen (

Professional internship

The basic internship has to be accounted for by the third semester. It is recommendable to do the internship before taking up studies as the non-lecture period is needed for seminars and particularly for getting prepared for examinations. The professional internship gives you an insight into work flows and production processes as well as engineering, e.g. at a shipyard.

Test and research facilities of the institute

At the Institute of Ship Technology, Ocean Engineering and Transport Systems, there are modern high-power data processors and up-to-date software programmes for structural analyses and flow simulations. In teaching, software packages are used which are also applied in industry, thereby increasing the graduates’ career prospects and facilitating their career starts.

At the institute’s own laboratory, incl. a workshop, ships (model scale) can be designed and tested. At the Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems (DST), a close co-operation partner of the University of Duisburg-Essen, our students can assist in current research activities. It has test facilities fulfilling high international standards.