Mobility scheme and planning

Master Program in Naval Architecture –Design of Ship and Offshore structures

(Master studies- 120 credits)




B 2nd Year of the EMSHIP Master 120 track 1

The “EMSHIP M120” master is organised in 4 semesters, in 24 months and contains 120 Credits

The EMSHIP master mobility scheme includes 4 semesters in 2 or 3 different countries and cultures.


Semesters 1 and 2 (1st year): Univ. of Liege (ULiège), Belgium – 60 credits

University of Liege (ULiège) – Master in Mechanical Engineering - specialization in Advanced Design of Ships and Offshore Structures

- Lectures in Mechanics (30 credits)

- Lectures in Ship Technology, Ship Structure, Ship Hydrodynamics and Ship Design (30 credits)

Semesters 3 and 4 (2nd year): in France (ECN), Germany (URO) or Spain (UPM) – 60 Credits

Students must select one of the following universities for the 2nd year :

Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN, Fr) Ship Hydrodynamics & Ocean Engineering

Rostock (URO, Germany) Ship Technology & Ocean Engineering

- Madrid (UPM, Spain) Advanced Ship Design and Offshore Renewable Energies (Máster en Diseño Avanzado de Buques y Energías Renovables Marinas)


The EMSHIP master study also includes a Master thesis and an Internship, which can be performed at ECN, URO and UPM, but also with a 3rd EMSHIP partner university (with 3rd mobility), such as: 

- Galati (UGAL, Romania) Manoeuvring and Propulsion

- Nantes (ICAM, France) Composites materials & Design of Offshore wind turbines

- Southampton (SOLENT, UK) Yacht Design

Genoa (UNIGE, Italy) Sailing and Motor Yachts

- Istanbul (ITU, Turkey) Naval Hydrodynamics

Szczecin (ZUT, Poland) Advanced Ship & Offshore Structures.


or with a Top World University, EMSHIP associate partner, such as:

- University of Michigan (UoM, NAME, USA).

- University of Osaka (NAOE, Japan).

- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil).

- University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia)

- Pusan University (PNU, Korea)


After Semester S3 (30 credits of lectures), the students will start their Internship and master thesis

Selection of the master thesis and internship will be done through a continuous process during S3 (starting in September and finishing in Dec)


SAB meeting (Industrial Emship Partners) in late January (2 days) with the two current cohorts, at one of the EU partners.

- M2 students can report about experience to M1 students.

- M2 students may meet the SAB industrial partners : to discuss about their internship/master thesis (topics selected in Dec) and to identify potential job opportunities.

- Some (5) graduated students (of the former cohort, graduated the previous Sept) can be invited to present their thesis in front of industrial SAB members and students (M1 and M2).


SEMESTER S4 (30 credits) - Master Thesis and Internship (Final project):

The thesis and Internship are performed under the supervision of the university where the candidate follows the 30 credit lectures, in collaboration with a company from the maritime industry, e.g. a shipyard or an associated research institution; in any case under the supervision of this local university and the EMShip Master Management Committee.

For practical reasons, the presentation (Defence) of the Master Thesis will be held in the student’s university of his/her 2nd year (M2). 


Graduation Ceremony: 

A first graduation ceremony will be done locally end of September at ECN, URO and UPM.

A more formal graduation Ceremony (combined with the candidates of the next enrolment period) will be held for all students at ULiège (Belgium) around 15th October.


PLANNING of the Master 120: 

The planning of the lectures, visit, projects and evaluation is presented here after. It must be considered as a tentative planning of the EMSHIP M120 master course. It shows how the various lectures, from different institutions, are carefully integrated to form a coherent 120 credits master course programme (attendances is optional, based on student's availability).


Year 1 (M1): Semesters S1 and S2 

15 September to 30 June (could be extended to 10th Sept), M1, at University of Liège (ULiège)

July-August: summer break, internship possible but not compulsory

Selection of the location for M2 : Jan to March (see details here after)

Industrial partners meeting (SAB: January (Late S1))

Exams: January (S1) and June (S2)

Students who fail an exam(s) in Jan or June, can try again in late August.

So the acceptance to go for M2, will be given in late June or in early Sept (10 Sept).
Students who fail in Sept. will not be accepted to M2 (at ECN, UPM, URO) !!


Year 2 (M2): Semesters S3 and S4

- S3: 15th September to 28 Feb:  Lectures at ECN, URO, UPM

1st Oct: Proposals of Internship & Master thesis will be submitted during S3 by ULiège, ECN, URO, UPM, ICAM, UGAL and also by Industrial SAB members and other academic partners (ITU, SOLENT, UFRJ, UoM, Osaka, PNU, UNSW, ..).

24th Dec: Final decision for student’s Internship & Master thesis

End of January: Industrial partners meeting. (SAB)

- S4: 1st March to 30st Sept : Internship & Master thesis 

- Graduation Ceremony at ULiège, around 15th Oct (optional, if the student is available)


Selection procedure of the students to go at ECN, URO or UPM for M2 :

The selection will be done in April (4 months before to go to ECN, URO and UPM), during the first year : 

  • Step 1: In Feb, EMSHIP coordinator  informs students about the maximum students that can go to URO, ECN and UPM (no minimum value)
  • Step 2: 30th March: Students express their wishes. EMSHIP asks them to rank the 3 locations and to provide few lines that explains their wishes;
  • Step 3: In April: Local interview by ULiège staff, with, if possible, attendance of 1 staff from ECN, URO and UPM (maybe by skype).
  • Step 4: Late April, the EMSHIP consortium (EMMC) decides and inform the students. The final decision will be taken (by EMMC) based on the student ranking and the student wishes.

After their graduation of the EMSHIP program by URO, ECN or UPM, non EU students can extend their stay in Europe (and VISA) for 12 months to search for job.


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