Master Mariner

As a master mariner you will be able to become a captain and thus the highest-ranked leader on board. In addition to being in charge of all personnel, as a master mariner you are also responsible for navigation planning, safety and material, administrative tasks, etc.

Programme structure

During the programme you also follow theoretical subjects like ship’s technique, navigation and safety at sea, and subjects within management, economics, and communication. During sea practice you get the opportunity to try out in practice what you have learned in theory.


Once you have received your certificate of competency, upon completing your education as a master mariner, you will be allowed to work as an officer or a master mariner. Your certificate of competency covers Denmark and international waters all over the world, and for instance your career could be in the merchant navy, ferry services, in inspection and surveillance, or in the offshore business within wind turbines, oil and gas, or cable laying. You can also pursue a managerial career with a shipping company or other parts of the maritime sector ashore.

Please note that our master mariner programme is conducted mainly in Danish, and you have to have an educational contract with an approved Danish shipping company, before you embark on the education. See a list of approved companies below.

Syllabi for Master Mariner:

Syllabi for Master Mariner - Version 6.10 of 1. February 2022

"As a marine engineer you develop the future. You lead the way, work with innovation and are solution oriented. If you have a passion for mechanics, technology and leadership, and want a career created for the global future, you should definitely become a marine engineer." 

-Anders, Marine Engineer