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MFA-8010 Maritime HTO (Human-Technology-Organisation) and Innovation - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for teknologi og sikkerhet

Type of course

This course offers an overview of the maritime sector’s essential pillars: the Human Element, Technology, Organisation, and Innovation (HTOI). The curriculum delves into the impact of these elements on maritime operations, emphasizing real-world challenges and contemporary technological advancements.

This is a compulsory course for PhD candidates within the PH-NAUT Programme. PhD candidates from other Norwegian or European PhD programmes are also eligible to enroll in it as a stand-alone course.

If fewer than 3 candidates sign up for the course, it will be conducted as individual supervision by the personnel responsible for the course.

Course contents

The course encompasses the following content:

Human (HVL)

Technology (UiT)

Organisation (USN)

Innovation (NTNU)

The course gives state-of-the-art knowledge of the maritime industry, with a particular focus on human, technology, organization and innovation in the maritime domain.

Admission requirements

Individuals not affiliated with a PhD programme may register, provided they have achieved a grade average of 'B' or higher during their master’s studies, equivalent to 120 credits.

Objective of the course


The candidate:


The candidate can:

General Competence

The candidate can:

A detailed description of the learning outcomes and objectives for each module will be provided in its respective program.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course consists of four modules, each organized as seminars or workshops. The modules may also involve pre-course assignments, group works, laboratory exercises, industry presentations or site visits.

Each module spans approximately three consecutive workdays.

These four modules are held at the four cooperating institutions:

The dates for the modules will be communicated no later than 5 weeks prior to first module. A detailed module programme and the pre-assignment instructions will be announced prior to each module start.

Recommended reading will be provided prior to each module.