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

Mandatory ECTS
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
46211 Offshore Wind Energy 10
41111 Hydrodynamics 2 5
41224 Linear Wave Dynamics 5


2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @TU Delft

3rd Quarter
Mandatory ECTS
CIE4140 Dynamics of structures 4
OE4652 Floating Structures 4
OE5662 Offshore Wind Farm Design 4
OE4630D3 Hydromechanics Part 3 3
OE4653 Marine Pipelines 4
4th Quarter
OE4651 Bottom Founded Structures 5
OE5665 Offshore Wind Support Structures 4
OE4629 Load Identification and Monitoring of Structures 4
OE4680-12 Arctic Engineering 4
OE4631 Fatigue & Fracture in Marine Structures 3
OE4624 Offshore Geotechnical Engineering 3




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

Mandatory ECTS
TMR 4590 Specialization project for EWEM students* 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. Parallel to the Specialization Project, you need to sign up for the course OE 5685-15 Problem Analysis Thesis (15 ECTS) at TU Delft. Please contact the academic coordinator for the Offshore Engineering track at TU Delft.


4th Semester – 30 ECTS thesis (free mobility)

Compulsory TU Delft
OE5690-30 Thesis 30
Compulsory NTNU
TMR4590 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 Specialization project for EWEM students 15 ECTS + TMR4590 Thesis 30 ECTS. TU Delft: OE 5685-15 Problem Analysis Thesis 15 ECTS + OE5690-30 Thesis 30 ECTS.