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Chalmers University of Technology - Maritime & Supply Chain Management Education

Merhant Marine, Maritime, Naval Architecture, Management and Supply Chain Education & Training in Sweden

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Founded in 1829, Chalmers University of Technology is a highly progressive university situated in Gothenburg, Sweden and known locally and globally for education, research and innovation with a wide range of applications. The university focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture. Chalmers ranked number 76 in the world on QS Engineering and IT list and placed within the 52-75 bracket on Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Ranking of World Universities Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences list (no. 1 in Sweden).

With more than 11000 students and 2500 employees, approximately 40 percent of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects are educated at Chalmers. Each year, over 200 graduate and over 800 undergraduate degrees are awarded. More than 3000 graduate students attend programs at the university. The International student population is around 40% of all students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Shipping and marine technology department organizes a coherent research and education within a wide knowledge area at Chalmers for education of seafarers and naval architects. These activities in operations and design have been complemented with competence within logistics/economy, environment and human factors.

The Department of Technology Management and Economics focuses on the interaction between technology and society in an economic and social context. Organization and management of business processes such as logistics, innovation, technology and product development, production and strategic change are key issues. The department combines theory from engineering with theory from mainly economics and behavioral science.

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Academic Programs

Masters Degree - Maritime

  • MSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (2 years): This International Master’s Program will give you a solid base for a future professional career in these fields of engineering. The program focuses on ships and offshore structures, but is equally attractive for students with a general interest in strength- and hydrodynamic analysis and systems engineering.
  • MSc in Maritime Management (2 years): The program gives the students a theoretical and practical knowledge in Project Management, Quality, Risk and Safety Management with a well proven Chalmers standard at Master level. These courses are generic and are included in Chalmers Master’s programs in International Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Quality and Operations Management. The program also gives Master’s level standard’s skills within the areas Leadership and Communication, Marine Environmental Protection and Energy Management from courses developed by professional researchers at Chalmers Department of Shipping and Marine Technology.

Nordic Masters Degree - Maritime

  • MSc Nordic Master in Maritime Management (2 years): The aim is to provide officers and shore-based personnel in the shipping cluster an opportunity to further educate themselves to become the next generation of leaders in the shipping cluster and enable them to participate in research education. The program is jointly offered by Chalmers University of Technology, Aalto University Finland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) & The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • The program is aimed at three groups - officers looking for broader and more in-depth knowledge of operating a vessel; officers looking for a shore-based job in the shipping cluster; and shore-based personnel looking for more in-depth knowledge in shipping and logistics. Graduates from the program can apply for management positions at companies in the shipping cluster including operation manager, purchaser, technical superintendent, marine superintendent, broker etc. Graduates have sufficient knowledge to apply for research studies in the following areas: maritime environment, ship safety, human factors, surveying etc.

Masters Degree - Supply Chain Management

  • MSc in Supply Chain Management (2 years): The program focuses on the design, management and improvement of supply chain management strategies. It is multidisciplinary and builds on several scientific disciplines. This program helps students develop their skills in purchasing, logistics, marketing, transport and general management. Problem-based learning including case studies and problem solving with quantitative and qualitative models is one important aspect of the program. Large multinational firms such as Volvo, Scania, SKF, Skanska, Nestlé, Porsche, Procter & Gamble, Quiksilver, DHL, Schenker and IBM, as well as top-flight consultancy firms such as McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and ADL have employed many students who have majored in supply chain management at Chalmers.

Merchant Marine Programs (Swedish)

  • Deck Officer Degree Program (Sea Captain) (3 years): After your education, a professional life awaits in an exciting environment with many international contacts. The program combines courses in shipping, with, for example, leadership, the environment and law. This is to prepare you for a role as master of a ship or ashore within, for example, an authority or a shipping company.
  • Marine Engineering Degree (3 years): Chalmers marine engineering education prepares you for this both theoretically and practically, which makes you sought after in the labor market both in Sweden and internationally. Being a naval engineer can be your worldwide adventure at sea, but it also opens the door to challenging tasks ashore.
  • Naval officer Training Program (Ship Officer and Engine Officer Class VII) (1 year): This program is a one-year training for you who want to work in archipelago traffic, coast guard, sea rescue, coastal shipping and the navy. The training leads to both theoretical and practical skills in the profession and you are licensed for both ship officer and machine officer class VII by the Swedish Transport Agency.

Bachelors Degree Programs (Swedish)

  • International logistics Degree (3 years): During the training, you will learn all about the logistics' financial, legal and technical conditions. Your skills in logistics and the contacts you get with the business community during the training will give you career opportunities all over the world.

Doctoral Programs

  • The department of Shipping and Marine Technology comprises scientific areas related to shipping and ship technology on and below the water. The doctoral programme has three tracks: Naval Architecture, Shipping Technology and the Marine Environment.
  • PhD with Naval Architecture Track: The track may be specialized either towards ship structures or hydrodynamics. Ship structures comprises project planning in ship design, strength properties of marine structures, fatigue, lightweight construction and risk assessment with an application, for instance, to ship safety. Hydrodynamics comprises the hydrodynamic properties and design of the ship with respect to resistance, propulsion, maneuvering and sea keeping. Simulation methods are developed in both areas.
  • PhD with Shipping Technology Tack: The track comprises ship handling and ship management, including Human Factors, work environment, information requirements and nautical subjects. Other research topics are ship operation, chartering, Cargo handling and organizational issues, like manning and education.
  • PhD with Marine Environment Track: This track comprises the environmental impact of seaborne transport in the form of emissions to air and water. Cleaning techniques and other solutions to reduce the environmental impact are studied as well.

Chalmers Professional Education

Chalmers Professional Education (CPE) is a subsidiary in the Chalmers group and offers courses and programs for the industry. Every year we train over 4,000 participants in diverse courses within our business areas of Shipping, Industrial Engineering, Energy, Built Environment and Executive Education. The Shipping area within Chalmers Professional Education is provides open programs as well as tailor-made corporate solutions for clients such as shipping companies. The department for shipping and marine technology is working under one of Swedish Maritime Administration approved quality systems.

Executive Programs

  • Managing Global Supply Chain: Managing Global Supply Chains is a 10-day development program for experienced managers in the supply/demand chain functions. The goal of the program is to give a deeper knowledge of how to handle the key issues. The participant will benefit from contributions in many areas. The program blends state-of-the art academic research results with best practices from successful companies. Workshop training and action learning are important features in the program. The program in delivered with three modules in Gothenburg, Chicago and Oxford.

Maritime Training

  • Advanced Shiphandling (3 days)
  • Basic Shiphandling (3 days)
  • Revalidation of Certificate - Deck  (10 days)
  • Dynamic Positioning Advanced/Simulator (5 days)
  • Dynamic Positioning Induction/Basic (5 days)
  • Dynamic Positioning Revalidation course (5 days)
  • Medical Care (5 days)
  • Swedish legislation (5 days)

Chalmers Admissions

Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

  • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics or Engineering Mathematics
  • English Language: There are several ways of proving that you possess the required level of English language proficiency. Most commonly this is done by submitting one of the approved English language tests.

Maritime Management

  • Bachelors degree with major in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Law, Economics or Shipping and logistics or the equivalent. For applicants without a major in Nautical science or Marine engineering there is an additional prerequisite of studies in Maritime Law or Transport economics or the equivalent. Professional experience relevant to the Maritime Industry is preferable.
  • English Language: There are several ways of proving that you possess the required level of English language proficiency. Most commonly this is done by submitting one of the approved English language tests.

Supply Chain Management

  • Bachelors degree with major in Industrial Engineering and Management or an Engineering Discipline. Mathematics, minimum 30 credit (including Single- and multivariable analysis, Linear algebra and Statistics, minimum 7.5 cr. each). Minimum 15 credit from studies in one or several of the following subjects; Industrial management, Logistics, Operations management or Supply Chain Management. The required 15 cr. may also include maximum 7.5 cr. of Sustainable development.