The Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) and Navantia will start a Masters in Underwater Technologies from next year to cover the various phases and knowledge that includes the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a conventional submarine.
It will be the only one of this specialization taught in the EU and the only one taught in Spanish. In addition, it has a management-oriented and practical application approach.
Pre-enrollment opened in March and the course will be taught face-to-face in the afternoons from September, with a duration of two academic courses. This format makes it possible to combine studies and work.
The Master is divided into eight modules: Projects, Structures, Mechanical Systems, Electricity and Control, Production, Management, Combat Systems and Life Cycle Support.
The eight modules add up to 120 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), of which at least 75 must be completed, as well as the thesis (15 ECTS) in order to receive the title.
As it is structured in modules, it is very flexible as, depending on the number of modules examined, fewer credits can be earned than required for the master’s degree and a university diploma in underwater technologies or specific training certificates can be obtained.
In this sense, it is open to marine engineers whose training curriculum does not include underwater technologies, but also graduates from other engineering firms (industry, telecommunications).
Professionals with extensive experience in the topics covered and in particular in their application to submarines can obtain the degree even if they do not have the required university degree, which represents an opportunity for the cooperating industry. In this case, the qualifications to be acquired are the Professional Expert or Professional Specialist diploma, depending on the number of credits acquired.
The teaching staff will be from the UPCT, Navantia, SAES and the Navy.
The Master in Underwater Technologies is another step in the collaboration between Navantia and the UPCT, which makes it possible to achieve synergies between the company and the university (excellence, attraction of talent, close to business reality) and its most tangible materialization of Isaac Peral Chair is.
Since its inception in 2016, more than 200 students have received scholarships or internships sponsored by NAVANTIA to participate in university sponsored projects. More than 100 UPCT graduates have become part of the NAVANTIA workforce, 39 of them in the past year 2020. Its activities also include the annual prize for technological innovation underwater, which is awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis, master’s degree or final project.
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