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  • Duration: 3 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master's Programme
  • Language: German/English
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Marine Sensors (Master's Programme)

Orientation and Goals

Oceans and coastal waters are highly complex systems, widely used by humans. To achieve a better understanding of these eco-systems, to record natural and anthropogenic changes and to specify the future development regarding climate change, ocean level, tidal influences, frequency of
storms and biological and chemical parameters, data with different spatial and temporal resolution is needed. This requires innovative measuring tools which are implemented on different platforms such as research vessels, stationary measurement piles, moorings or autonomous and remote-operated underwater vehicles. In this context, sensors and sensor systems are key interdisciplinary technologies for aquatic science and offshore industries.
The Master Study Course Marine Sensors enables students to reach a research-oriented qualification in development, optimization and analyzing of sensors and measuring tools in marine environments.
Students will learn how to conduct independent scientific work and present the results of their own research. This study course is unique and does not overlap with other master programs .

Study Design and Contents

The study course consists of five modules, covering two semesters. A third semester is dedicated for the master thesis.
Marine Sensors I (Summer Semester, 12 credit points):
Basics of metrology and physical principles of basic sensors:
from data acquisition towards processing and evaluation.

Marine System Technology (Summer Semester, 12 credit points):
Impart skills necessary for designing complex data acquisition systems, sensor platforms, protocols encodings, signal characteristics/guidance and characteristics of pressureresistant housings and plugs.

Scientific Practice (Summer Semester, 6 credit points):
Covering the creative process from data acquisition to scientific presentation, basics of project management, acquisition of funding, and scientific reportings including publishing.

Marine Sensors II (Winter Semester, 12 credit points):

Setting individual priorities. students attend four elective subjects to personalize their studies. Lectures and exams are held in English.

Research Project (Winter Semester, 18 credit points):
Working on latest R&D issues in the students’ elected fields. Additional lectures are held on context related data analysis.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2) or
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)
English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 or
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English
You will need sufficient knowledge of English to be able to understand lectures and courses, write texts and conduct in-depth duscussios in English.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

The Master course enables graduates to deal independently with marine sensor issues. In the early course of studies, the students will be involved in projects with renown scientists. Graduates cover important demands for interface competence between science and technology.
Among others, this includes implementation and management of R&D activities in research institutes, implementation of monitoring systems, adaptation of measuring procedures, scientific management and consulting for users and customers. After completion potential employment opportunities may be found in research institutions, at public authorities, in sensor and system engineering companies, consulting and sales companies as well as companies dealing with raw materials production and power generation.
If qualified, students can also move on to doctoral studies.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Marine Technology or Mechatronics with focus on Marine Technology or from prior studies in a closely related field worth at least 210 credit points
  • Degree programmes with at least 180 credit points may be qualificated for the Master's degree programme Marine Sensors with the requirement to acquire the necessary skills of 30 credit points in a bridging programme.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Level B2 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
For more details see "Foreign language skills" on this page.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for summer semesters.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.
The application deadline for the winter semester is only in reasonable cases possible until 30 September.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
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