Master's Thesis in Ocean Technology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to give the student theoretical knowledge and practical skills at a high level within ocean technology with specialization in a given field. Based on this knowledge and skills the candidate should be able to carry out a research-based master's thesis research project.

The candidate must be able to both utilize established knowledge and take part in the further development of the research field.

A candidate who completes the master's program will gain experience from their own results and theories both orally and in writing, as well as training in obtaining and evaluating relevant scientific literature.


The research field from which the students can choose a master project includes many topics within ocean technology as for example: environmental monitoring, technology for fisheries and aquaculture, marine mineral resources and oil and gas exploration. The courses to be included as a part of the master's degree are chosen dependent on the topic of the master project.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • Have a thorough knowledge within one or several of the focus areas "Marine measurement and control technology" (acoustics or optics) and "Marine installations" (construction / operations and maintenance).
  • Can apply scientific methods necessary to support scientific studies and analysis.


The student

  • Can help solve problems and find solutions in the field of ocean technology
  • Can contribute to development of technologies and methods within ocean technology
  • Can plan an experiment to make quantitative calculations and analysis of acquired experimental data

General competence:

The student

  • Can use her/his skills and knowledge to analyze and identify issues in ocean technology
  • Can communicate professional issues, analysis and conclusions to professionals
  • Can contribute to ideas and innovation for new developments in ocean technology



ECTS Credits


Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge

For students at the Master's programme in Ocean Technology (2 years):

The student must have successfully completed all courses in first semester in order to be admitted to the course.

For students at the Integrated Master's programme in Ocean Technology:
The student must have successfully completed all courses in the preceding 7 semester in order to be admitted to the course.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods
The research work is individually and is carried out under supervision. The student participates in the individual research group activities which usually includes weekly group meetings.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment

Submitted Master's thesis, presentation of the Master's thesis and oral examination.

After the master's thesis has been submitted and approved, the master program is concluded with an oral examination. The oral exam consists of a public presentation of about 30 minutes where the student presents an overview of the thesis. The external examiner and the supervisor shall be present at the public presentation. After the presentation an oral examination/ discussion of the thesis follows.

Prior to the presentation the external examiner should decide on a preliminary grade for the thesis. The quality of the presentation together with the oral examination/conversation shall only have an adjusting effect on the final grade of the thesis. It is only the final grade which is announced to the student and which appears on the grade transcript.

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
There are regular exams every semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the contant, structure and quality of the programme and courses.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.