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Technical University of Denmark (DTU) - Maritime and Logistics Education

Transport & Logistics,Maritime Engineering, and Offshore Wind Energy Education and Research Programs at DTU Lyngby

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The Technical University of Denmark, (DTU) is a university located in Kongens Lyngby, near Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – as Denmark's first polytechnic, to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

DTU is an autonomous university that covers most engineering disciplines and educates engineers at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. The university is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop its partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

The University has approximately 11 BEng programs, 14 BSc programs, 27 MSc programs and special programs, and 19 PhD Schools with, 7,000 students and 600 international students. DTU offers over 26 English-taught MSc programs and more than 600 other courses taught in English.

DTU Transport is the biggest transport research community in Denmark and among the biggest university-based communities in the Nordic countries. DTU Transport offers approximately 20 courses ranging from initial courses in traffic and transport planning to advanced model and method oriented courses within traffic and transport.

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Academic Programs

Masters Programs

  • MSc Engineering Program in Transport and Logistics: The MSc programme in Transport and Logistics is designed to give you the necessary qualifications to design and manage the advanced transport networks of tomorrow. The MSc in Transport and Logistics has four optional study lines. The four study lines are fixed programmes of study that have extra high requirements to the choice of courses and projects compared to the general MSc programme. The four study lines in Transport and Logistics are: Transport and Business Logistics (TBL), Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering (TPTE), Modelling of Traffic and Transport (MTT) and Railway Technology (RT). The study programme’s engineering approach to infrastructure includes modelling and computer-based solutions for optimizing transport and logistics, but you will also obtain knowledge of software technology, data analysis, geo-informatics, statistics, operations research, planning, and management.
  • The MSc Eng programme in Transport and Logistics welcomes applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Bachelor in Natural Science degree within topic areas such as (or equivalent to): civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics, software engineering etc.

Joint Masters Degree Programs

  • Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering: The Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering is based on the expertise of the five participating universities within naval architecture, offshore engineering and maritime engineering. Participants will profit from the Nordic Five Tech universities long standing tradition and competence in the field and Nordic students wishing to specialize in a specific area of expertise offered within the alliance. The program deals with ships, small craft, yachts and offshore structures. The program focuses on principles within design, construction and operation of ship and offshore structures, and their interaction with the environment. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the technical maritime world, where they will cooperate as professionals on designing, building or operating ships, offshore structures, boats or other floating structures. There are five study tracks - Ocean structures (NTNU); Passenger Ships (Aalto); Ship Design (Chalmers); Ship Operations (DTU); and Small Craft (KTH).
  • MSC in Offshore Wind Energy (2 years): Offshore Wind Energy is a DTU-KAIST Dual Degree program. This means that you get to spend one year at DTU and one year at KAIST - Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. You earn both Danish and an international degree, which gives you personal and academic skills with an international foundation. The main focus of the Offshore Wind Energy Dual Degree program is the understanding of the wind energy as well as offshore engineering. 

Research Program

  • PhD Program: It is possible to carry out a PhD-study in all research groups at DTU Transport within subjects covered by each of the groups. A PhD-study at DTU is a 3-year study, which normally includes a visit at a foreign university. 

DTU Admissions

Transportation and Logistics Programs

  • To qualify for admission to the MSc program in Transportation and Logistics, students are required to have completed a BSc in Software Technology, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Technology or Mechanical Engineering. In addition, B Engs in Traffic and Transportation are directly admitted to the MSc program. Students holding a B Eng may be eligible for enrollment on this MSc program. Those holding a BSc Mathematics or BSc Mathematics and Economics are also eligible (cand.scient.techn. / Master of Science and Technology). Special requirements apply to the MSc degree program for students enrolled in the cand.scient.techn. / Master of Science and Technology.

Offshore Wind Energy Programs

  • The program is open to motivated and dedicated students with above average GPA and strong English Language skills.

Nordic Master in Maritime Management

  • A BSc degree corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits in: Naval Architecture for start at Aalto, Chalmers, DTU, KTH and NTNU; Mechanical engineering for start at Aalto, Chalmers and KTH; A BEng in Mechanical Engineering is accepted for start Aalto, Chalmers and KTH.
  • Applicants with a BEng in Naval Architecture, or a BSc or BEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, in Ocean Engineering, in Civil Engineering or in Engineering Physics will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics and applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements: Mathematics: 25 ECTS including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations. Statistics and probability theory: 5 ECTS. Students without this qualification must be prepared to complete their curriculum during the first year. Statics, mechanical vibrations, and strength of materials: 10-15 ECTS Fluid mechanics: min. 5 ECTS. Moreover, the applicant must have sufficient qualifications within numerical methods and elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language.
  • Applicants with a Polytechnic (FI), Högskoleingeniör (SE) and Diplomingeniør (DK) degree may be expected to do extra course work to qualify for the program.
  • When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic achievements and proficiency in English. Certified photocopies of relevant documents must be enclosed with the application.  TOEFL - Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5); Computer-based test: 237 (essay writing grade 4,5); Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22); or IELTS - 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted).

PhD Program

  • For admission to the PhD-study, the student must have a minimum Grade Point Average from the MSc study of 8,0 (Danish 7-step scale) equivalent to B (ECTS scale) or 76 percent. Furthermore, to be considered the student must have written a master thesis of 30 ECTS points or equivalent (minimum 5 months' work load). For foreign students, the English (or Swedish or Norwegian) version of the thesis must be submitted as well. If agreed upon with the professor, German or French master theses might be considered as well. Although not a formal admission requirement, DTU Transport prefers students with maximum grades in the master thesis (12, A). Students with (7, C) for the thesis may be rejected, or requested to do an individual assignment before applying.