Tallinn University of Technology

Improve your knowledge and skills on the possibilities and trends of the digitalisation in the maritime sector and work in a digitising environment, planning sustainable and environmentally friendly strategies. Apply for the one-year study programme Maritime Digital Solutions!


During studies, students will have an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of programming, maritime business management and maritime environmental sustainability. The aim is to give students an understanding of maritime transport cargo flows, shipping markets and strategies of maritime companies. The program includes information technology courses on different levels as well as elective courses, from which students can choose the appropriate ones according to their educational background and professional experience.

The interdisciplinary study of maritime and information technology provides an understanding of the digitalisation in maritime sector, but also the economic and environmental challenges of the maritime sector where processes could be improved with the help of information technology. In addition, the students are given an opportunity to continue their studies on doctoral level where they could further study and develop some topics in depth.

Check out the Maritime Digital Solutions curriculum here

Why study in Estonia

  • Maritime Digital Solutions is a unique international one-year Master's degree programme taught in the region
  • There is a possibility to continue studies or participate in the projects even after graduation thanks to the wide variety of different research groups in Estonian Maritime Academy.

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Key Features

Study Programme

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)

Duration: 1 year

Faculty: Estonian Maritime Academy

Study Load: 60 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

Legal basis for staying in Estonia

Information for non-EU citizens

Legal basis: D-Visa only (as the duration of studies is one year)

Information for EU citizens

Legal basis: Estonian ID card


Candidates for this study programme are admitted based on the admission threshold. First, the candidate must pass the preliminary evaluation (previous education, GRE General Test). Then the admission assessment follows, consisting of two parts:

1.    Motivation letter (0-10p);
2.   Interview (0-10p).

An online interview will be conducted only with the candidates who receive at least 5 points for the motivation letter. An applicant who receives at least 5 points for both the motivation letter and interview is admitted.

An applicant must have a Master's degree or equivalent or Bachelor's degree in the nominal study load volume of 240 ECTS in minimum; or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the nominal study load volume of 180 ECTS with an additional 60 ECTS of competences in either the marine, IT, management or related field (in the form of previous employment, degree studies or other kind of studies). The 60 ECTS worth of competences must be described in the following form which must be uploaded to the application system.

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 (this requirement applies to each education qualification that you use for applying).

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 acquired the higher education required for application 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 must be submitted in English (and be added to the DreamApply application).
The purpose of the motivation letter is to assess the candidate's motivation and suitability for master's studies in the curriculum of Maritime Digital Solutions. In addition, it should outline the topics of interest of the candidate in the field of maritime digitalisation. Also, motivation letter should provide information regarding the problem the candidate wants to solve during their master's research or what is the purpose of their thesis including why solving this problem or achieving this aim is important, and who and how could benefit from it.

The motivation letter must include the candidate’s:

  1. introduction regarding the candidate's educational and professional background;
  2. readiness to acquire professional competences and a description of the candidate’s expectations for master’s studies;
  3. a professional work vision (e.g., how they see the labour market situation in relation to the field and their own possible roles in it, what competences are required to operate in the field from a master’s degree graduate, how will the Maritime Digital Solutions programme they are applying for will support their professional profile).
  4. master thesis proposal (including topic/title, field of research, supervisor/planned supervisor, or the field of expertise of the supervisor, what are the aims/problems or research questions of the thesis, a summary of the content of the master's thesis and a schedule with the calculation that the final thesis must be ready by the end of April).
  5. the length of the motivation letter is recommended to be 2 pages.

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 the motivation letter.
The student candidate:

  1. explains their desire to study and their interest in the specialty (25%);
  2. positively evaluates their learning motivation to complete the curriculum in nominal study time (25%);
  3. analyses the necessity of studies in their professional development and career (25%);
  4. presents a vision of their future after completing the curriculum (25%).

The scoring of the motivation letter: 0-10 point scale; positive result 5-10 points.

The online interview - based on the motivation letter. It is possible to get a maximum of 10 points for the interview. A candidate who does not participate in the interview will receive 0 points. A prerequisite for admission to the interview is a positive result for the motivation letter.
The purpose of the interview is to identify the candidate’s:

  1. readiness for master's studies based on the motivation letter;
  2. learning motivation based on the motivation letter;
  3. the candidate's motivation to complete the curriculum;
  4. the necessity of the studies regarding the candidate’s professional development and career.

Evaluation criteria for the interview.
The student candidate:

  1. can clearly justify the motivation to study on Maritime Digital Solutions programme and to research up to date topics in the field (25%)
  2. has a good overall understanding of the content and emphasis of the study programme (25%);
  3. understands the maritime field and its connections with other fields, such as transport, economy, and environment (25%);
  4. demonstrates good communication skills on maritime digitalisation topics and speaks freely about their motivation letter (25%);

Future Career

Graduates of the programme are ready to work in a digitising maritime environment, plan sustainable and environmentally friendly strategies, can develop systems and processes based on data analysis and manage a team in a changing, international environment. Since the maritime field is international, graduates can start working all over the world on shore, at port, and other maritime sector companies. There is also the opportunity to work in the public sector as a field developer and coordinator. In addition, universities are an important labour market for continuing studies on doctoral level, including project research and teaching work.

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.

Head of Centre of Academic Affairs at Estonian Maritime Academy

Head of Centre of Academic Affairs can help you
with questions about the organisation of studies.

Heili Kangust
(+372) 613 5511

Programme Manager

Programme Manager can help you with questions about the study programme.

Mari-Liis Tombak