PROGRAMME FOR MASTER’S DEGREE

MARINE ENVIRONMENT ENGINEERING

Qualification awarded

Master of Environmental Engineering

Level of qualification

University studies, Second cycle, graduate (Master’s)

Specific admission requirements

Minimum access requirements: Bachelor degree or its equivalent
Minimum access qualification degree:

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)

Study subjects or parts thereof, corresponding to formal and subject requirements of selected study programme, may be included to individuals who graduated, studied or are presently studying at institutions of higher education in Lithuania or other countries, accredited in accordance with Lithuanian higher education curriculum, and who want to continue their studies at the University at the same or inferior cycle or studies of other studies programmes.

Profile of the programme

The objective of the Master programme in Sea Environmental Engineering is to develop the knowledge in the fields of sea environmental protection technologies, technical and technological matters pollution decreasing and waste arrangement. The graduates of these study programme are ready to use theoretical knowledge and practical analytical experiences in research work and solving problems of production. Master of these profession could work as specialist at maritime organizations, maritime enterprises, research, manage and control institutions or continue studies to get doctor degree.

Key learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

A1 Know and creatively apply natural sciences and mathematics foundations in order to solve marine environmental problems, resolve issues with the maritime industry and maritime transport impact on the environment and coastal zone management. Know and understand environmental engineering principles and able to apply them to modern technologies when solving new engineering problems.
A2 Know principles of application of management elements and their importance in the environmental protection, coastal zone management; planning principles and methods, waste management technologies, and efficient energy utilization.
A3 Know about microbiological processes, developed and used biotechnologies, ecological processes change and simulation, remote marine research methods, application of sustainable development principles in a marine cluster.
A4 Have knowledge about modern environmental engineering technologies and are able to critically evaluate it in accordance with pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and sustainable development principles.

Engineering Analysis

B1 Able to deal with non-standard, loosely defined and incompletely described problems affecting the environment in a marine complex and to work out their solutions.
B2 Able to apply their environmental engineering knowledge and scientific research results to solve qualitative, quantitative, familiar, and unfamiliar issues in constantly developing maritime transport and marine industry.
B3 Able to use their knowledge and understanding to solve practical marine environmental engineering tasks by adapting theoretical models and research methods, including mathematical analysis, computational modelling and experimental research methods.
B4 Able to apply their knowledge and understanding to make professional environmental decisions considering costs, safety, quality, reliability and environmental impact.
B5 Able to apply innovative methods for identification, formulation and analysis of problems emerged in the marine environment and their possible solutions.

Engineering Design

C1 Able to apply their knowledge and understanding of environmental engineering to solve non-standard problems and to coordinate interdisciplinary projects aimed at minimizing marine industry impact on the environment.
C2 Able to evaluate, apply and develop innovative solutions based on environmental monitoring, technological processes analysis and the results of research.
C3 Able to work with complicated, technically vague and incomplete information using acquired marine environmental engineering knowledge and skills.

Investigations

D1 Able to define, understand and obtain the data necessary to solve environmental problems using a variety of data sources.
D2 Able to plan and carry out analytical research, modelling and experimental marine and coastal environmental pollution, treatment technology, and equipment research.
D3 Able to critically evaluate both their and other researchers obtained environmental research data and submit rational conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
D4 Able to investigate new environmental engineering technologies applicability options.

Engineering Practice

E1 Able to bring together different fields of science dealing with diverse marine environment problems.
E2 Understand applied scientific research techniques and methodologies, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Able to choose engineering equipment and software needed to deal with marine environment protection issues.
E3 Aware of ethical, environmental and commercial requirements of environmental engineering activities.
E4 Know principles of engineering and scientific research organization; understand their interaction, able to assess engineering activities, work safety and environmental protection aspects.

Transferable Skills

F1 Able to work in a creative team developing environment-friendly solutions, organize individual and group activities, be responsible for their subordinates and the quality of performance.
F2 Able to work effectively and communicate with engineers and representatives of other organizations nationally and internationally.
F3 Able to make innovative decisions to protect marine environment using a holistic approach in evaluating ethics and potential impact on society and the environment.
F4 Understand environmental engineering and scientific projects development and management aspects, as well as successful environmental technology solution principles based on economic expediency.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

Having acquired the environmental engineering Master’s Degree can work as research, technology, expert, advisory work on marine infrastructure enterprises, scientific, and regulatory authorities in the environmental field, the installation and operation of environmentally friendly technologies to evaluate and predict the state of the environment, to continue doctoral studies.

Access to further studies

Access to the third cycle studies

Course structure diagram with credits

1 semester

Course ECTS
1 Research and Innovation (T000M080) 5
2 Renewable energy sources (T000M151) 8
3 Cleaner production and ecodesign (T270M004) 6
4 Microbiological and biotechnological processes (B000M100) 4
5 Marine Transport and the Environment (T003M003) 7
Total: 30

2 semester

Course ECTS
1 Technological and Environment Aspects of Sustainable Development of Marine Industry (T270M005) 6
2 Marine water treatment technologies (T000M069) 8
3 Ecological Modeling (P160M009) 6
4 Coastal zone management (P000M067) 5
5 5
Total: 30

3 semester

Course ECTS
1 Master’s Thesis (T000M039) 30
Total: 30
Course ECTS
1 Waste prevention (T270M007) 5
2 Industrial products ecodesign (T270M006) 6
3 Remote Sensing of Marine Environment (P000M064) 5

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The University applies cumulative grading in order to ensure objective evaluation, active students’ participation during the semester and their ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practice. Cumulative grading final evaluation consists of interim course assignments (test, individual work, paper, laboratory work defence, and etc.) and final exam grades. If the student fails the interim course assignments and does not make to transition grade−minimal grade of determined interim course assessments−he is not allowed to take the final exam. Each study programme is completed by defending final thesis (project) and (or) taking final exams.

A ten-point grading system is used at the University. Knowledge is assessed in the following marks

Pass/fail system KU grade* Definition
Pass 10 (excellent) excellent performance, outstanding knowledge and skills
9 (very good) strong performance, good knowledge and skills
8 (good) above the average performance, knowledge and skills
7 (highly satisfactory) average performance, knowledge and skills with unessential shortcomings
6 (satisfactory) below average performance, knowledge and skills with substantial shortcomings
5 (sufficient) knowledge and skills meet minimum criteria
Fail 4, 3, 2, 1 (insufficient) knowledge and skills do not meet minimum criteria / below minimum criteria

Graduation requirements

Undergraduate and master student’s knowledge, skills and abilities, indicated in the study programme description, are examined and evaluated during the public defence of his Final thesis. Final thesis by its nature can be scientific research or scientific-applied. Final thesis is analytical work based on independent scientific or applied research. A Bachelor’s thesis comprises 12 credits; Master’s thesis comprises 30 credits in the study programme of 120 credits or 24 credits in the study programme of 90 credits. Final thesis and its defence is to demonstrate student’s creativity and the ability to critically evaluate theoretical and practical innovations, as well as others’ previously carried out researches and their results; to indicate student’s knowledge in social and commercial environment, legislation, and financial capacity; to show information sourcing and its qualified analysis skills, computational methods and specialized software and general-purpose information technologies using skills, as well as the ability to clearly and correctly orally or in written present their research results and (or) product designed to different audiences.

Final thesis is defended publicly in front of the Study Field Qualification Committee approved by the Rector. All members of the Qualification Committee evaluate the final thesis and its defence in separate grades in ten-point grading system. Weighted coefficient of defended grade is up to 0.2. The final grade is the arithmetic average of the grades given by the Qualification Committee members, rounded to the nearest whole number.

Mode of study

Full-time