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Marine Engineering / Ship Operation Engineering

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Programme title Marine Engineering
Major Ship Operation Engineering
Starts in
summer semester
winter semester
8 semesters
Degree Bachelor of Engineering
Restricted admission
no specific restrictions
by ZEvA

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What is it about?

Ship operation engineering includes everything – from the propulsion to the steering, the energy supply on board and air conditioning as well as sanitary facilities and the environmentally friendly disposal of waste water.

If you want to travel and organise now, a career as an Engineer Officer of the Watch and later as a Chief Engineer Officer could be on the horizon for you. But your qualifications will also make you an interesting candidate for engineering jobs on land, too. You could work for offshore power plants as well as in other maritime and non-maritime systems engineering jobs.

Whatever is the right career for you – this degree programme will equip you with the expertise and qualifications necessary.

What will I learn? – Course content and structure

This bachelor’s degree programme is designed to take eight semesters until graduation. Two of which – the first and the last semester – you will spend at sea. If you have completed maritime training already and you can provide the necessary certificates, this can count towards your studies so that your time studying is reduced to six semesters. (For more information check the How do I apply section.)

In the first two semesters of your studies here on campus you will tackle engineering basics together with students of the Mechanical Engineering for Ships major. You will study maths as well as electrical engineering and engineering mechanics. Once you have mastered these basics, we will prepare you for your position on board. This is why the curriculum includes modules on HR management and leadership as well as legal basics. But of course engineering continues to play a major role throughout your studies. You can look forward to modules on installation engineering, machine dynamics and combustion engines.

In the seventh semester of your studies – which will also be the last one on campus – you will write your bachelor’s thesis. You have two months to do this and you’re welcome to work on a topic in cooperation with a company from the maritime industry.

At the end of your studies you will be awarded the title Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.). As we designed the programme so that our graduates meet the requirements of international seafaring standards, you will be qualified to apply for your license with the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

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How do I apply?

If what you have rad so far matches your strengths, interests and your idea of what you would like to study and do - in short, if this sounds like the perfect degree programme for you, you should apply.

Depending on whether you have acquired your university entrance qualification in Germany or abroad, the application process varies. If you went to school outside Germany, please apply via uni-assist. If your university entrance qualification was issued by a German school, please apply via our Online Service Tool. If you have completed maritime training already and you can provide the necessary certificates, this can count towards your studies so that your time studying is reduced to six semesters. Please ask our Course Guidance team for details.

Further links:

You can find a list of recognised professions in the fuields of metalworking anf electrical enginering on the website of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency ,

For information on the training possibilities to become a ship mechanic please visit the website of the Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt in Bremen at

Course Guidance