MSc Technology and Safety in the High North

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

MSc Technology and Safety in the High North

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

The natural resources of the High North are attracting the industry. New offshore oil & gas fields are being developed. Minerals and mining are given increased attention. Maritime transport in Arctic waters is growing. The fisheries have become highly industrialized. New industrial facilities will be developed in the remote, hostile and vulnerable Arctic environment. The industry faces unknown challenges and new technological solutions will be developed and safety issues must be addressed. By joining this master programme you will obtain a unique Arctic engineering knowledge aimed towards technology and safety challenges in the High North. Special attention is given to maritime and offshore operations. Do you want to possess the unique Arctic engineering competence? Are you science and technology oriented? Do you have a fascination of the High North? Then you should join the team of engineers for the Arctic! Then this master program is the right thing for you!

tech & safety

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:

  • Risk and relaibility
  • Nautical science
  • Automation

Learning outcomes

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 requirements

Admission to the Master's programme in Technology and Safety in the High North requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) 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:

General admission requirements - Master

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 scheme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.

Online application, study code 2037.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
Norway Tromsø
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free