Welcome to the Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management

The Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management is Denmark's oldest marine engineering school and has trained marine engineers since 1906. It has approximately 500 students and 40 employees. The ’Marine Engineering and Technology Management Programme’ is a professional bachelor's programme.

Life as a student at the Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management is characterised by a high level of professionalism and many social activities. It is a study environment in which the focus is on learning – and delivering. Your fellow students may come from an upper secondary-level school or have many years of occupational experience. This ensures a dynamic balance between theory and practice in the classroom, the laboratory and project work.

Throughout the entire marine and technical engineering programme; that is, the workshop course, internship and the theoretical part of the programme, you are entitled to receive a Danish state education grant (SU).

To apply for the Marine Engineering and Technology Management programme, applicants must have either an upper secondary school leaving certificate or a background in a skilled trade. Before starting the three-year theoretical part of the programme, applicants without a skilled trade background must attend a nine-month workshop course followed by a nine-month internship to learn the basic skills that are relevant for a marine and technical engineer.

If you dream of a career at sea, you can acquire the basis for obtaining your certificate of competency as a watchkeeping engineer in accordance with STCW III/1, STCW III/2 and STCW III/3 through the right combination of optional subjects. You can read more about the Certificate of Competency at the Danish Maritime Authority.

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    The workshop course mixes theory and practice and is divided into:

    • Workshop training (six months, 30 ETCS)
    • Workshop project (three months, 15 ETCS)
    • Workshop internship (nine months, 45 ETCS)

    The Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management cooperates with the Technical University of Denmark's (DTU's) Department of Mechanical Engineering (MEK) on the workshop course ensuring a high level of professionalism in both theory and practice during the workshop course.

    The following subjects are covered in the workshop course (six months):

    • Machining operations
    • Thermal Jointing
    • The science of engineering and material science
    • Technical documentation
    • Engine theory
    • Pneumatics/hydraulics
    • Refrigeration technology
    • Electrical technology
    • Safety at work
    • Fire fighting

    Workshop project (three months)

    Working in groups of two to three students, you will prepare a cross-discipline project using the knowledge and competencies you have gained during the first six months.

    Company internship (nine months)
    After nine months at the school you will do an internship in a company or at sea. During this period your competencies will be tested in a real workplace. You will gain real-life experience with the skills of your trade and learn how to operate in a business. The school provides contact to a company regarding the internship in consultation with you.


    The theoretical part of the programme begins with a solid basis of subjects supplemented by exercises in laboratories and at simulators. You will work together with other students on cases and projects covering subjects you choose together. The theoretical instruction will give you both management and polytechnic skills.

    The theoretical part of the marine and technical engineering programme (three years) includes the following subjects:

    • English (4.5 ECTS)
    • Methodology (5 ECTS)
    • First aid (0.5 ECTS)
    • Thermal machinery and plants (40 ECTS)
    • Electrical and electronic machinery, plants and equipment (45 ECTS)
    • Process analysis and automation (15 ECTS)
    • Management – economics, leadership and safety (15 ECTS)
    • Optional subjects (25 ECTS)
    • Undergraduate internship (15 ECTS)
    • Bachelor project (15 ECTS)

    The optional subjects can be chosen during the fifth semester. As a student, the optional subjects give you the opportunity to strengthen your profile in the following fields:

    • Business
    • Power supply
    • Technical plants
    • Maritime subjects (in accordance with the STCW Convention)

    The undergraduate internship programme takes up the last semester where you will prepare your bachelor project. During the internship, you will learn how to put your education into practice.


    When a company chooses a trainee from MSK, they get a professionally competent student who is enrolled on a technical management programme and who can play a vital role in the daily operation, optimization and maintenance of technical plants and installations. The internship in the 6th semester (profession-based internship) is mandatory and is linked to the subsequent bachelor assignment. When students from MSK are to undertake an internship, the process typically starts 4-5 months before the actual internship commences. The students themselves are actively involved in the search process and MSK encourages companies to treat the school's students as if they were ordinary candidates. It is part of the learning process. Companies should therefore not do anything until they receive inquiries/applications from MSK students. Companies who wish to signal that they want a trainee from MSK can contact the internship coordinator or director of studies at MSK. Periods for profession-based internship and the period for working on the bachelor project are: the autumn semester from 1st August to mid-December and the spring semester from 1st February to mid-June. The periods are flexible.


    Requirements for companies employing interns
    In order to ensure that the internship is meaningful for the student, interested companies must must meet certain requirements. These requirements will be easy to meet for most companies:

    • The company should be familiar with the Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering programme and the students' fields of activity.
    • At least one person employed at the workplace should be qualified in the marine and technical engineering profession or have an equivalent level of competence acquired through training and/or many years of practical experience.
    • The internship company must be prepared for and able to offer the trainee the necessary coaching, guidance and subsequent critique in the day-to-day work.
    • The internship must have the nature of a learning process and there must be room for guidance, reflection and evaluation.
    • The student prepares a plan in collaboration with the internship company, which has to be approved by MSK.
    • There must be a written agreement (internship contract) between the student and the internship company, indicating when the internship takes place, its extent (in work hours) as well as the name etc. of the contact person responsible at the internship company.
    • There must be an internship plan with a description of the assignments to be performed.
    • The company is actively involved in the organization and description of the assignments in the above mentioned internship plan. Its composition must make it possible to determine the internship’s professional relevance and standard.
    • The internship company may request that the student signs a confidentiality agreement.
    • Insurance, occupational health and safety conditions apply as for the company's other employees.


    Expectations of internship companies
    In order to ensure that the student gains the intended learning outcomes from his/her internship, there are certain expectations to companies hiring interns. These include a company advisor for the intern. The expectation is that an advisor is designated by the company. The company advisor should:

    • Be a good role model and show how a marine and technical engineer works (no need, as mentioned, to be a qualified marine and technical engineer)
    • Challenge the student. He should not give all the answers, but guide the student in the right direction
    • Consider relevant work assignments and topics for reports that the company may benefit from
    • Demand project management of the assignments
    • Be available and "have plenty of time" when meetings have been agreed. Preferably once a week
    • Ensure that the administrative aspects at the company are ready from the start, ie. a desk, keys and key cards, etc., are ready.


    Expectations of the trainee in the working relationship
    The student is responsible for securing his/her internship and achievement of the learning objectives. Therefore, you can expect that the student takes care of:

    • Establishing contact with the internship company.
    • Entering into a placement agreement prior to commencement of the placement.
    • Taking the initiative in preparing a plan for the internship in collaboration with the company, including formulation of learning objectives and getting the plan approved by the school's internship advisor.
    • Assuming co-responsibility for achieving the learning objectives of the placement.


    What are the learning objectives of the internship?
    The student should have assignments where he/she is engaged in:

    • The company's business, organization and structure
    • Planning of work involving people, technical components and the plant
    • Collaboration with other professional groups and other parts of the organization
    • Safety work Issues related to the environment
    • Economic calculations
    • Technical plants, which are controlled/regulated
    • Preparing a brief report or article based on the assignments


    MSK maintains contact during the internship
    MSK's internship advisors work with the individual course of the internship and the long-term plans – therefore, you can expect that MSK takes care of:

    • Coordinating the internship
    • Guiding the students in their search for company internship
    • Ensuring that internship plans are prepared, including that learning objectives of the individual internship plans are consistent with the internship's purpose, goal, content, scope and standard.
    • Approving internship companies
    • Identifying new internship companies
    • Ensuring that the internship is organized so there is coherence between experience and theoretically based learning, and to allow the student the opportunity to reflect on these aspects
    • Maintaining contact with existing internship companies
    • Undertaking evaluation of the students in internship
    • Undertaking evaluation of the company during the internship
    • The internship coordinators maintain contact with the student throughout the internship as necessary.


    Contact the internship coordinators:
    Annette Orup, Director of Studies,, Tel. 45 25 76 22
    Tommy Birkebæk, Associate Professor, Tel. 45 25 76 16, mobile phone: mobil: +45 21 86 41 59


    The Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management issues a Diploma Supplement in English automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation as a supplement to the diploma of a completed bachelor’s degree.

    The Diploma Supplement contains a description of the degree, including content, extent, level and professional qualifications. In addition, the Diploma Supplement contains a description of the Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management and the Danish educational system.

    For an example of an issued Diploma Supplement, click here


    Our official Erasmus charter awarded under the Erasmus+ programme by the European Commssion: Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

    Erasmus Policy Statement
    Our vision is to educate the international, technical leaders of the future. That means we must ensure that our graduates are able to take on relevant employment in a globalized labour market and can take on assignments in cooperation with colleagues and partners from abroad. Having this as a goal means that internationalization is an important part of our activities and is included in our Strategy 2015 and our Development contract with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

    Four years ago our first students went abroad to study. We made this possible by establishing partnerships with foreign educational institutions and at the same time creating a curriculum that makes it possible to accredit these studies. Meanwhile, due to guidance of the students and a growing network of international companies, a rapidly increasing number of our students also choose to do traineeships abroad.

    In autumn 2013, we take the next step in our internationalization efforts. We will offer an international elective with the participation of both international and Danish students. In doing so, we will create an international environment at our school and make it possible for all students – also the ones that for one reason or another do not have the opportunity to study abroad – to have an international experience.

    Our vision in the Development contract 2013-2014 with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and our Strategy 2015:

    Our goal for 2013 is that we will do a teacher exchange with one educational institution abroad, at least five foreign students will attend our international elective, we will establish a new partnership with a European educational institution and at least 25 % of our students will undertake a traineeship or study abroad for a shorter or longer period.

    Our goal for 2014 is that we will do a teacher exchange with one educational institution abroad, 10 – 15 international students will attend our international elective, we will establish a new partnership with a European educational institution and that at least 50 % of our students will undertake a traineeship or study abroad for a shorter or longer period.

    Our goal for 2015 is that we will do a teacher exchange with one educational institution abroad, at least 15 international students will attend our international elective, we will establish a new partnership with a European educational institution and that at least 75 % of our students will undertake a traineeship or study abroad for a shorter or longer period.

    Our international partner institutions are higher education institutions that offer courses relevant to our students – courses in the field of technical and natural sciences, management and maritime subjects. It is important for us that the institutions we cooperate with are just as internationally minded as we are and are eager to exchange both students and lecturers. We believe that teacher exchange is an important part of internationalizing an institution; the lecturer’s influence on the students is huge – the lecturers are carriers of culture and they are in close contact with the students throughout their education.

    Our students study or do traineeships in all parts of the world. We have contact with companies and organizations in third world countries and in the western part of the world in various types of industries, such as the maritime sector, production companies and the public sector. We are always interested in broadening our group of partners, with both educational institutions and businesses, and we are quite keen on getting more European partners in order to take advantage of all the possibilities within the Erasmus Programme.

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