Bachelor's in military studies with specialisation in management – naval engineer machine

Program of study: 
Bachelor in military studies with specialisation in leadership – Naval Engineering
Level of study: 
7 semesters

Bachelor in military studies with specialisation in management – Naval Engineer Machine, in combination with necessary functionally-oriented education, prepares the officers to serve at a lower and middle level in the Navy and the Armed Forces, in both war and peace setups. The education provides the cadets with a basis for civilian and military further education. In addition to the military programme of professional study, which includes leadership and military power, the cadets acquire technical and operative engineering expertise in operational, management, operation and maintenance of machinery, hull and associated systems in the Navy. Before taking up a position on board a vessel, one must complete workshop training and the technical and functional training that is required for the specific vessel type and position. The first semester of the education is completed at Heistadmoen and Linderud, while the remainder takes place at the Norwegian Defence University College.

The programme description has been developed in accordance with the framework and guidelines provided in The regulations concerning the framework plan for engineering education FOR-2018-05-18-870 and the national qualification framework.

Bachelor’s degree in military studies with specialisation in management - Naval Engineer Machine, electronics and data (180 credits) comprises all courses under engineering basis, programme basis and technical specialisation and the common courses Marine Law and Law of the Sea,Basic Officer Competence, the Officer as a Leader and Military Problem-Solving and Methods. The latter covers parts of the mathematics requirement under the engineering basis and introduction to the engineering professional practice and work methods in accordance with the regulations concerning the framework plan for engineering education). The remaining credits cover the Armed Forces requirements to basic officer training.

Bachelor in military studies with specialisation in management - Naval Engineer Machine is a certified education where references in programme description, course descriptions and activities are completed to meet regulations stipulated in STCW - the convention of 1978 with addendum 2010 and FOR 2011-12-22 no. 1523 ( Regulations relating to qualifications and certificates for seamen. For machine cadets table A-III/1, A-III/2, B-III/1 and B-III/2. Subject to approval by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

Expected learning outcome for Bachelor in military studies with specialisation in management – Naval Engineer Machine


After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadet is able to:

  1. describe which tasks are currently associated with the Royal Norwegian Navy and the role of the naval officer. 
  2. describe the requirements to an officer’s operative performance in the Navy.  
  3. explain the significance of communication and cultural understanding in military operations, and use English as command language with emphasis on naval terminology/maritime English. 
  4. Explain how mathematics, natural sciences, relevant social and economic sciences may be used to resolve engineering problems in the Navy. 
  5. summarise key features in the history of technology and technological development, and describe the engineer’s role in society and the consequences of the development and use of technology, including in military applications.
  6. summarise key features from research and development work in own field, and describe relevant methods and work methods in the engineering discipline, including applications in a military context.
  7. update knowledge within the field, both through critical information gathering and contact with expert communities and practice, in general and within the Armed Forces
  8. refer to broad knowledge that provides a comprehensive system perspective on engineering in particular, with specialisation in mechanical engineering, aimed at the Navy’s needs and STCW, as a basis to achieve maritime certificate machine officer class 1.


After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadet is able to:

  1. effectively make wise decisions in light of strategic and tactical, physical and technical and legal and moral conditions. Lead preparation for combat, act as leader in combat environment and care for men after combat. Apply theoretical and practical skills for maintenance and increase of own and unit’s operative performance. Build and develop effective performance groups, that are characterised by focus on mission resolution in light of the leader’s intention, strong camaraderie and mutual trust and respect 
  2. select and apply theoretical and practical management tools, and reflect on own leadership in order to predict, master and exploit changed assumptions and situations. Use their self-knowledge and be aware of own conduct, ways of thinking and emotions in relation to and in interaction with others 
  3. find, assess, use and refer to information and literature and present this such that it sheds light on a problem.
  4. work in relevant physical and digital laboratories and workshops and master methods and tools as a basis for goal-oriented and innovative work.
  5. identifying, planning and conducting engineering projects, work tasks, experiments and experimenting both independently and in teams.
  6. operating, maintaining, planning and disposing of relevant technical ship equipment in the Navy.
  7. applying skills and relevant results from research and development work to resolve theoretical, technical and practical issues in the mechanical field, in addition to justifying your choices. 
  8. handle control and monitoring of the vessels’ technical ship systems and auxiliary systems at a lower level (manual/local) in the event of loss of automatic control or network. 
  9. Work safely in high and low voltage systems, and contribute to safe working conditions in electrical ship systems through actions and attitudes 
  10. contribute to new ways of thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship through participation in the development and realisation of sustainable and socially beneficial products, systems and/or solutions.
  11. use knowledge of technically relevant software and has broad engineering digital competence, including basic programming skills.

General competence

After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadet is able to:

  1. understanding the values, ethics and legal foundations upon which the Norwegian Armed Forces are founded.
  2. identify with the military profession and the responsibility officers have.
  3. exercise his leadership and service in accordance with the Armed Forces’ value-related, ethical and legal basis and live in accordance with these principles.
  4. think critically and exchange opinions with both superiors, peers and subordinates, whilst by such means contributing to the development and improvement of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
  5. demonstrate physical, mental and moral robustness and over time act in critical situations characterised by chaos and uncertainty, including be able to inflict losses on the enemy 
  6. describe legal, financial and environmental consequences of military activities and realise this knowledge through work as an officer 
  7. reflection on own professional practice, also in teams and in an interdisciplinary context, and adapting this to the current working situation. 
  8. contribute to the development of good practices by taking part in technical discussions within the discipline and sharing his/her knowledge and experiences with others.
  9. Explain defence, environmental, health, social and financial consequences of products and solutions in the machinery discipline in the Navy and place these in an ethical perspective and a life cycle perspective.
  10. convey machinery knowledge to different target audiences in both written and spoken Norwegian and English and contribute to highlighting the importance and consequences of technology.
  11. identify security, vulnerability, privacy and data security aspects in products and systems that use ICT.