Tallinn University of Technology

Marine Engineering is a perfect specialisation option for bachelor’s degree engineers with technical interests, paving the way for a wide variety of career opportunities. If you are interested in sustainability, innovation and the marine environment, this programme is for you!


A Master of Science in Marine Engineering knows the different sectors of maritime industry and demonstrates diverse engineering competence. As a graduate, he or she is an expert in designing and building ships or other marine structures. In the constantly developing maritime industry, the graduate of the MSc programme in Marine Engineering is able to respond to the challenges of the green transition: developing marine structures from sustainable materials, refitting vessels for their transfer to climate-neutral fuels, or construction of floating offshore wind turbines.

Courses take place in two autumn semesters (Sep – Jan) at TalTech Kuressaare College and in the first spring semester (Feb – June) at TalTech main campus in Tallinn. The spring semester of the second academic year is intended for the completion of the master's thesis, and the actual location largely depends on the topic of the thesis. The thesis will be defended in Kuressaare.

Check out the Marine Engineering curriculum here

Key Features

Study Programme

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)

Duration: 2 years

Faculty: School of Engineering

Study Load: 120 ECTS (view curriculum)

Mode of Study: Full-time study

Study Information

Language: English (view English language requirements)

Tuition Fee: €6000 per year, free for EU/EEA citizens

Scholarships: Different options available

Admission: General admission guidelines

Location of studies

I & III semester: Kuressaare (Saaremaa island)

II semester: Tallinn

IV semester: depends on the topic of the thesis


Students for this study programme are admitted based on the admission threshold. An online interview will be conducted only with the candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the motivation letter and online interview is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 5 points is admitted.

Please find the programme specific admission requirements below:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related speciality.

In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.

In order to apply, a candidate is required to upload a Test-taker Score Report of the GRE General Test to the DreamApply application system with the necessary threshold scores:

  • Verbal Reasoning at least 145
  • Quantitative Reasoning at least 150
  • Analytical Writing score at least 3.0

This is a prerequisite for qualifying and has to be fulfilled latest by the application deadline.

Candidates who have obtained a full Bachelor's degree in EU, EFTA or OECD member state are waived from the GRE requirement.

Please see more information about our GRE General Test requirement here, including the exact eligibility criteria for being exempted from this prerequisite and how to order the test result electronically to TalTech.

The motivation letter provides an overview of how the future student is motivated to study at the programme chosen. It should give an overview of the candidate's background and define clearly, why he/she wishes to study at Marine Engineering master’s programme. 

Please include/discuss the following:

  • an overview of the applicant's education and work history (please present how your previous studies, activities and experience are relevant for studying Marine Engineering);
  • willingness to acquire professional competences;
  • the student's expectations for master's studies;
  • vision of the professional career.

NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Additionally, AI-generated text is not acceptable as the purpose of the motivation letter is to show the applicant’s genuine motivation. Neglecting the aforementioned principles will result in the disqualification of your application. 

Evaluation criteria for motivation letter

A candidate: 

  • justifies his/her desire to study and his/her interest in the speciality (15%);
  • evaluates his/her learning motivation to complete the study programme (35%);
  • analyses/justifies the necessity of master’s studies in the context of his professional development and career (35%);
  • presents a vision of his/her expected academic/professional status after completing the curriculum (15%).

The letter of motivation is evaluated on a scale of 0-5 points.

During the interview, the same topics covered in the motivation letter will be discussed. The interview lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • desire to start master’s studies and interest in the study programme;
  • the candidate's learning motivation to complete the programme;
  • the necessity of the master’s studies to facilitate the candidate's professional development and career;
  • the candidate's vision of his/her academic/professional status after acquiring the master’s degree.​​​​​​

Evaluation criteria for the interview

The result of the interview is evaluated on a scale of 0-5 points. A combined score of 5-10 points for the motivation letter and interview is considered positive. In case of not appearing for the interview, the aggregate result is 0 points.

Admission level (5-10 points) is achieved if:

  • the candidate can clearly justify the motivation to study at the master's programme in Marine Engineering and his/her interest in the current topical problems in the field;
  • the candidate has a good general understanding of the content of the curriculum and its focus;
  • the candidate understands the aspects and issues of the maritime field and its connections with other areas, such as transport, economy and environmental protection;
  • the candidate is motivated to complete the whole curriculum and can assess the obstacles he/she may encounter, and can consider how to combine work and studies;
  • the candidate can refer to the developments and career opportunities on the labour market and/or towards continuing studies at PhD level;
  • the candidate can fluently discuss and expand on the topics of the motivation letter prepared by him/herself;
  • the candidate demonstrates good oral expression skills in communication on professional topics.

Admission level is not achieved (0-4.99 points) if: 

  • the candidate is interested in studying at the curriculum, but lacks a clear understanding of the content and outcome of the curriculum. The required basic knowledge and readiness for self-development are lacking;
  • the candidate has no understanding of the content of the curriculum and its focus;
  • the candidate does not understand the specific nature of maritime field and its connection with other areas, such as transport, economy or environmental protection;
  • the candidate is unable to justify the desire to study at the Marine Engineering curriculum and its need for professional or academic activities. Combining studies with work or other extracurricular activities appears too complicated, and the risk of dropping out of studies is high;
  • the candidate does not have an idea of ​​his/her professional specialization in the long term and does not know how to relate the master's studies in Marine Engineering to his professional development;
  • the candidate does not know how to discuss the topics of the motivation letter prepared by him/her;
  • the candidate has a significant language barrier to participate in studies or communicate on professional topics.

The aim of the study programme

In the master's program in Marine Engineering, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the design, construction and materials of floating structures. The master’s programme focuses on construction of new small craft and other marine structures as well as on the retrofit of ships.

In general and basic studies, students get a complete picture of the current state of the marine engineering sector and development trends.  In Special Studies module, a student can choose elective courses in three different areas:

  • Complex marine structures;
  • Stability and hydrodynamics of ships;
  • Electrical engineering and mechatronics.

Students can also choose internships and additional subject courses in the field of electronics and smart systems.

The Blue Economy Development and Competence Centre of TalTech Kuressaare College has several focus areas, to which the master's programme is directly or indirectly related: marine technology, hydrodynamics and structures, and smart sea/smart technology.

The MSc programme aims to:

  • train specialists in marine technology who have extensive knowledge, are qualified to apply the know-how and expertise obtained for solving field-specific problems, to participate in working out innovative solutions, and are prepared to work in international marine technology industry or in companies providing engineering solutions;
  • prepare competent and motivated professionals who are able to effectively apply the acquired knowledge in research and development and are qualified to continue their studies at PhD level.

The graduate of the master’s programme:

  • has a comprehensive and systematic overview of the principles of ship building, of specific characteristics and regulations of the maritime domain; 
  • applies the extensive knowledge acquired for analysing and solving professional marine technology or research related problems;
  • applies interdisciplinary methods and suitable techniques and technologies for analysing, assessment and solving of problems in their professional field, is able to assess possible consequences of the solutions being offered;
  • considering the specifics of the field, analyses prospective national and global development trends and topical environmental, production and management issues;
  • uses modern simulation and modelling techniques, applies IT tools for solving complex engineering tasks and practical problems;
  • knows the properties of and is able to choose between different materials according to their intended purpose of application; 
  • evaluates and considers the use of different production technologies and processes for creation of marine technology components, knows the principles of production planning and organisation;
  • designs business models taking into account the product/service value proposition to the customer, the supply and demand, competition, resources, market situation and other factors;
  • has team work experience in achieving the objectives pursued.

Target group

Students with technical bachelor's degrees.

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Future Career

With a Master’s degree in Marine Engineering, your future job will be in the international marine industry sector or in companies offering engineering solutions. Another option is to focus on research and development activities and to continue with doctoral studies either at Tallinn University of Technology or elsewhere, including outside Estonia.

Ask Us

TalTech international admissions office

TalTech international admissions office provides general advice to prospective Bachelor’s and Master’s degree applicants and their advisers about applying to and studying at TalTech.

Contact us via study@taltech.ee.

Study consultant at Kuressaare College

The study consultant can help you with questions about the organisation of studies.

Mare Ansperi
(+372) 452 4037

Programme Manager

The programme manager can advise on the content and structure of the study programme.

Liina Tabri