Technology and Safety in the High North - master


Knowledge of engineering technology in cold climate is essential in order to design, construct and operate with minimized risk in the Arctic. This study programme gives a comprehensive understanding of all aspects and challenges related to both land-based and offshore activities in a vulnerable and harsh environment. Special attention is given to technical and operational solutions, as well as safety related issues. Learning methods include team work, individual project work, lectures and assignments, with the objective to gain deep understanding and master the prevailing tools and techniques. The master programme offers the ability to specialize within risk and reliability, automation or nautical science. In addition to 30 ECTS elective credits, you are able to customize the study plan for your academical background and desired purpose. This may include courses at other faculties or universities, such as the University of Svalbard (UNIS). Whether you have a background in mechanical, civil, marine, safety or any other relevant field of engineering, this master programme will add an unique arctic insight to your educational career.

Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Technology and Safety in the High North
Admission requirements:See below
Application deadline:1 December
Application code:2037

The programme focuses on the technical and safety related challenges associated with industrial activities in the High North. Special attention is given to maritime and offshore operations in the harsh and vulnerable Arctic environment. The students are introduced to methods and tools for managing advanced, complex and integrated technical systems with respect to operation and maintenance, reliability and production assurance, health, safety & environmental risk as well as emergency preparedness.

The programme is a 2 year, full-time study with a fixed schedule. The courses will to some extent be adapted to part-time students. The first year consists of 50 ECTS of mandatory courses being common to all students and one 10 ECTS elective course. These are technical descriptive courses and method oriented courses. All courses are independent of each other. In the second year the students will achieve a specialization of their field of study through elective courses and by the choice among a number of pre-defined syllabuses. The students will also carry out a specialization project. The last semester is dedicated to a 30 ECTS master thesis.

The master programme has three specializations:

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. term
Specialization Automation:
Specialization Nautical science:
Specialization Risk and Relia.:
Specialization/optional course
2. term
Specialization Automation: Advanced Control
Specialization Nautical science: Marine Operations
Specialization Risk and Relia.:
Specialization/optional course
3. term
Specialization Automation: Embedded systems
Specialization Nautical science: Navigation Systems
Specialization Risk and Relia:
Specialization/optional course
4. term

For each programme at the university there are set targets for knowledge, analytical understanding, skills and competences that a student should have reached by the end of studies.

When completed the programme, the candidate should have the following learning outcome:


  • Has an overview of the technical and safety challenges related to industrial activities in the High North with special emphasis on offshore and maritime activities in the Arctic.
  • Has knowledge of technical solutions for the operation and maintenance of industrial facilities operating in the High North
  • Know how to apply the appropriate methods and tools for managing and controlling complex technical systems and operations in a harsh environment.
  • Has specialized insight in reliability and production assurance, operation and maintenance of advanced, complex and integrated systems, e.g. production facilities, equipment, machines and components.
  • Has thorough knowledge of the scientific theory and methods of technology.
  • Is able to use the knowledge in new areas within technology
  • Can analyse academic problems based on the history, traditions and uniqueness of technology
  • Has insight in challenges related to preparedness and crisis management in the Arctic


  • Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations within technology and work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving.
  • Can use relevant methods for research and academic development independently.
  • Can critically analyze and relate to miscellaneous sources of information, and use the information for structuring and formulating academic argumentation.
  • Can carry out an independent and limited research or development project under supervision, and in accordance with ethical standards.
  • Be able to participate in maritime safety work and risk assessment and risk management of maritime operations and offshore activities in the Arctic
  • Can apply planning and management tools that can contribute to reduced risk for accidents and possible harmful environmental impacts in the Arctic

General competence

  • Can apply safety and sustainability for the environment and the society in general as core values.
  • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research¿ethical problems
  • Can use his/her knowledge and skills in new areas for carrying out advanced working tasks and projects.
  • Can communicate extensive independent work and masters the terms of technology
  • Can communicate technical problems, analyses and conclusions, both with specialists and to the public.
  • Can contribute to innovation

Admission to the Master's programme in Technology and Safety in the High North requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Engineering or other relevant technological degree on Bachelor level. Relevant field of study may be mechanical, processing, safety, nautical, automation or civil engineering. Other fields of study may be considered upon individual assessment.

Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master`s Thesis project.

The lectures assume advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

More information on admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for self-financing and quota schreme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
  • Online application, study code 2037.

Are you an international applicant? Read more here.

This is a theoretical programme and the teaching will mainly be based on lectures. Lectures are organized either as blocks or regularly, on a weekly basis. In some courses, seminars may be arranged. It is expected a high degree of independent work in the courses. The lectures will be research-based. Calculations and the use of computer-based tools form a substantial part of the education.

The teaching methods will vary from lectures, projects, student presentations, teamwork and mandatory assignments. Exercises and excursion can occur. Courses may include compulsory lectures and approval of exercises/fieldwork or semester reports.

Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course.

This Master's degree is an intensive programme. All courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students.

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Technological skills are highly appreciated by the industry. With a M.Sc. degree in engineering, you will have excellent job opportunities in the oil and gas industry, in the maritime industry and in the public administration. Our engineers work with the development of new technical solutions in engineering companies. Other engineers are responsible for the supervision of different kinds of industrial facilities, including modifications, maintenance and operations. Engineering is a global business, and you may have an international career. Research and education may be an option, or further study on Ph.D. level.

Students are encouraged to participate in exchange programmes abroad, and the Department offers assistance for students who will participate in exchange programmes. High North universities are of special interest. For each application, an individual assessment will be carried out by the Head of Studies.

UIT cooperates closely with the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS, and the programme offers great opportunities for elective courses or student exchange on Svalbard. The following UNIS courses are pre-approved in the programme:

  • AT-205 Frozen ground engineering for Arctic infrastructure15 ECTS
  • AT-208 Thermo-mechanical properties of materials 15 ECTS
  • AT-301 Arctic infrastructure in changing climate 10 ECTS
  • AT-323 Thermo-mechanics of sea ice cover and loads on structures 10 ECTS
  • AT-327 Arctic Offshore Engineering 10 ECTS


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