Offshore Engineering track

The Offshore Engineering track trains students to master the interpretation of environmental data. These data are used to design offshore structures for offshore wind turbines. Considerations on the manufacturing, transport, installation and operations & maintenance will be treated in detail.

the Offshore Engineering graduate

  • is knowledgeable of the specific cost drivers in offshore wind energy: installation, accessibility & maintenance and design of structures,
  • masters the process of design of offshore support structures, both bottom-mounted and floating, including design for extreme and fatigue load, soil-structure interaction as well as fabrication and installation issues,
  • is able to develop hydrodynamic models and apply them; apply probabilistic design methodologies and stochastic models of soil, wind and waves to the structural design,
  • to model and optimize the layout of offshore wind farms, applying its knowledge of the installation, operation and maintenance process of offshore wind farms;
  • is able to model soil mechanics and to model, design and optimize mooring systems.

Experimental research and modelling: The curriculum includes, in all specializations, specific courses/content focused on experimental research and on modelling. The objective of this content is to assure that the graduate is able to develop tools and verify solutions through experiments.

Attending extra courses: students that wish to follow extra courses can do so without paying extra tuition (subject to limitations).  Students should always check with the EWEM Tutor and course lecturer before attending extra courses.

List of Courses

The student is expected to take the mandatory courses and complete the list of courses with electives of his/her choice to reach a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester. The below mentioned electives are merely recommended, certainly not the only option! Students are invited to go through the universities course-bases and ask for permission to join any elective of their choice. The complete course list has to be approved by the track coordinators of both degree awarding universities.

1st Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

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Mandatory ECTS
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
46211 Offshore Wind Energy 10
41111 Hydrodynamics 2 5
41224 Linear Wave Dynamics 5
46100 Introduction to Micrometeorology for Wind Energy 5
46500 Probabilistic Methods in Wind Energy 5
11464 Advanced Soil Mechanics 5


2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @TU Delft

The 2nd semester at the TU Delft is divided in two quarters. Click here to find information about the courses at the TU Delft.

3rd Quarter
Mandatory ECTS
CIE4140 Dynamics of structures 4
OE44120 Offshore Wind Farm Design 4
OE44030 Offshore Geotechnical Engineering 4
OE44115 Arctic Engineering 4
4th Quarter
OE44100 Floating Structures & Offshore Moorings 6
OE44095 Bottom Founded Structures 6
OE44135 Offshore Wind Support Structures 4
OE44055 Load Identification and Monitoring of Structures 4
OE44085 Fatigue & Fracture in Marine Structures 5
CIE4362 Soil Structure Interaction 3


3rd Semester – 15 ECTS courses + 15 ECTS thesis/specialization project @NTNU

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Mandatory ECTS
TMR 4590 Wind Turbine Energy – Offshore Engineering, Specialization Project* 15
TMR4190 Finite Element Methods in Structural Analysis 7.5
TMR4215 Sea Loads 7.5
TMR4305 Advanced Analysis of Marine Structures 7.5
TMR4505 Marine Structures, Specialization Course 7.5
TMR4525 Marine Hydrodynamics, Specialization Course 7.5
TMR4235 Stochastic Theory of Sea Loads 7.5
TMR4200 Fatigue and Fracture of Marine Structures 7.5
TBA4116 Geotechnical Engineering, Advanced Course 7.5
TMM4195 Fatigue design 7.5
*The Specialization Project for EWEM students is part of the thesis project.

Besides the 7.5 ECTS courses offered at the NTNU, there is the alternative of combining two 3.75 ETCS courses into what is called a Specialization module. This courses are listed in this pdf.


4th Semester – 30 ECTS thesis (free mobility)

Compulsory TU Delft
OE54030 Thesis 30
Compulsory NTNU
TMR5950 Wind Turbine Energy – Offshore Engineering, Master Thesis 30
** The master thesis is supervised by the two diploma awarding universities and it is worth 45 ECTS. At both NTNU  and TU Delft the thesis work is split in two parts. NTNU: TMR 4590  Wind Turbine Energy – Offshore Engineering, Specialization Project 15 ECTS + TMR 5950 Master Thesis 30 ECTS. TU Delft: OE54015 Problem Analysis Thesis 15 ECTS + OE54030 Thesis 30 ECTS.