• The graduate school of Ocean Systems Engineering (OSE) is a graduate program within the department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at KAIST. Our core objectives are to educate young talents and conduct research so that its graduates will play leading roles in the new burgeoning frontiers of ocean systems for the world’s leading shipbuilding/offshore industry and naval defense research.


    The graduate school postulates six focus areas to provide students with reasonable selection guidelines for their course design: 1. OFFSHORE PLANT ENGINEERING, 2. OCEAN ENVIRONMENT & RENEWABLE ENERGY, 3. UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGY, 4. OCEAN SYSTEMS MODELING & SIMULATION, 5. OCEAN SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, 6. PORT & COASTAL ENGINEERING.


    Taking into account the rationale that ocean systems engineering intrinsically pursues interdisciplinary research, each course is designed to help students make a consistent choice of their classes and prepare for their future thesis research. Each student is recommended to single out one of them and does not need to sign up for all the classes within the program. They may also combine two or three areas to come up with their own choice. Even in case their interest is out of the six areas, the students are aided by the committee consisting of external advisors and the internal faculty members whose expertise is close to it.
    The graduate school of Ocean Systems Engineering offers the following graduate degrees:

    • Master of Ocean Systems Engineering
    • Doctor of Philosophy of Ocean Systems Engineering
    • Integrated Doctor of Philosophy of Ocean Systems Engineering


    In order to educate leaders with integral research ability that is based on the collaboration of diverse fields, it becomes essential to have systematic education that encourages integral thinking as well as design ability. This program will provide one of the best chance for students.


    Ever-increasing demand for oil and natural gas is presenting new challenges in developing and distributing the energy. Subsea production plants are expected to improve the economics of deep-water reservoirs which are arising as new sources for oil and gas. LNG FPSO will convert the associate gas from deep-water or stranded gas field into LNG, the clean and green energy. Heavy fuel oil has been the main fuel for large carriers, causing marine air pollution for last several decades. This dirty fuel will be replaced by LNG reducing substantially air pollution and green-house gas emission. The advent of LNG as fuel for large ships accompanies the necessity of LNG bunkering shuttles and terminals. To address these challenges KAIST OSE is providing new innovational concepts and securing the fundamental technologies.


    • Lattice pressure vessels for pressurized LNG storage
    • Subsea production plants
    • LNG FPSOs
    • LNG fuel gas supply system for large carriers
    • LNG bunkering shuttles and bunkering terminals
    • CO2 Carriers and offshore injection facilities


    New innovational concepts in offshore and energy industries need more than economics: safety and reliability. They should be proved in terms of these aspects. In parallel with the innovations, KAIST OSE is developing various approaches to economics, safety, and reliability.


    • Risk-based design and system safety design
    • Fire and explosion risk analysis
    • System reliability engineering
    • Life-cycle economic analysis



    Ocean, a habitat that forms 70% of the earth surface area, will be a new source of water, food, and energy for humanity in the future. Salt water in the ocean can be desalinated in order to produce fresh water. Living organisms in the ocean have the potential to provide more food, if produced in a controlled way. Energy can also be harnessed from several sources in the ocean; steady and strong offshore wind, ocean surface waves always in motion, and high-speed ocean currents. Related research areas in the department are desalination, fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, fluid-body interaction, along with practical applications such as seawater desalination, aquaculture, offshore wind power system, wave power system, current power system, ocean nuclear power system, ocean observation etc.


    • Seawater desalination: Reverse-Osmosis Layer-by-layer composite nano-filtration
    • Seawater desalination using advanced CDI materials
    • Water harvesting using hydrophobic graphene surfaces
    • Reduction of hydrodynamic drag using hydrophobic surfaces
    • Fluid mechanics & aquaculture: Mid/large-scale fluid mechanics related to the habitation and migration of living organisms in the geophysical fluid dynamics
    • Geophysical turbulence and arctic science and engineering
    • Wave mechanics: Surface/internal waves, Acoustic waves
    • Fluid-body (rigid, elastic) interaction
    • Offshore wind power system: Fixed- and floating-types
    • Wave power system: Wave focusing system
    • Current power system: Self-excited oscillation type
    • Ocean nuclear power system: Gravity-based structures
    • Ocean observation: Coastal ocean observation system (COOS)
    • Ocean and environmental sensing and fabrication
    • Ocean big data: Dynamic and statistical analysis
    • Noise and vibration control, damping enhancement using graphene



    The ocean is a major source of food, energy and natural resources, and it is also important for homeland security and national defense. However, the harsh environment and extreme operating condition pose various technical challenges and risks, which have prevented the effective utilization of the ocean environment. The use of underwater robotic vehicles now enables performing various scientific, industrial, and military missions once thought to be impossible or too dangerous. In addition, the role of underwater acoustics is critical, not only for localization, navigation and communication, but also for physical oceanography and underwater explosion analysis. The KAIST OSE’s research aims at the following topics:

    • Underwater robotics: autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)
    • Biomimetic underwater fish robots and nature-inspired technology
    • Guidance, navigation and control of underwater vehicles
    • Underwater acoustics, underwater localization
    • Sonar transducers and wave control using acoustic metamaterials and phononic crystals
    • Marine structural response analysis to underwater explosions
    • Naval and anti-submarine warfare technologies



    The structural and operational complexity of ocean systems requires various information technologies to improve the construction precision and to encourage operation convenience. Completion of a giant ocean system needs numerous subsystems, components, programs, modeling tools, and databases as well as human participants. Of critical importance are rigorous modeling from mega structures to tiny components, integration of these ingredients, and information exchange between them based on information technology. The following are research areas the KAIST OSE is pursuing to achieve these challenges.


    • M&S (modeling and simulation) of underwater explosion
    • M&S of ocean synthetic environment
    • RFID (radio frequency identification), CAD/CAM, Product lifecycle management
    • Virtual reality and operator training system
    • Finite element modeling of floating structures and fluid-structure interaction
    • Continuum mechanics for large deformation, strain and inelastic behavior



    Design, production, and operations of ships and offshore platforms as well as the maritime logistics system are good examples of complex ocean systems. They are complex in physical nature, at the same time requires large amount of information of various types, as well as systematic knowledge from various disciplines. The key elements of this ocean systems management is to realistically model and simulate the system behaviors of many practical problems in ocean systems by combining various disciplines of engineering based on optimization. The major research topics in this field includes:


    • Shipping and maritime logistics system design and management
    • Marine production systems engineering
    • Accuracy control, tolerance analysis and optimization in compliant assemblies
    • Simulation-based tools to support decision making in ocean system design/production
    • Project management for complex ocean systems



    Nearly half of the world’s population lives within 200 kilometers of a coastline and this number is likely to double by 2025. One of the most important facilities in coastal area is port and the largest volume of human’s goods is transferred by ships through ports. Port and coastal engineering is the study of the processes ongoing at the shoreline, construction within the coastal zone and port facilities for ships to discharge or receive cargo and passengers. The field involves aspects of near shore oceanography, marine geology, marine structures, and related engineering.

    • Computer aided port design
    • Water waves and Tsunami
    • Design of on-and offshore structures (berth, breakwater, jetty, dolphin, mooring facilities)
    • Analysis and design of very large floating structures (VLFS)
    • Port construction and environment
    • Sediment transport


        1. Graduation Credits
          • Master’s Program : 33 Credits at least
          • Doctoral Program : 60 Credits at least (The course credits earned in the Master’s course work can be used towards the Doctoral degree (except research credits))
        2. Mandatory General Course
          • 3 credits and 1AU


          Master’s Program Doctoral Program
          • CC010 Special Lecture on Leadership (non-credit, this applies to students entering KAIST in 2002 and thereafter; general scholarship students, foreign students, Changwon Univ.-KAIST students are excluded)
          • CC020 Ethics and Safety (1AU)
          • CC020 Ethics and safety I (1AU)


          Subject No Subject Name Lecture:Lab:Credit
          CC500 Scientific Writing 3:0:3
          CC510 Introduction to Computer Application 2:3:3
          CC511 Probability and Statistics 2:3:3
          CC512 Introduction to Materials and Engineering 3:0:3
          CC513 Engineering Economy and Cost Analysis 3:0:3
          CC522 Introduction to Instruments 2:3:3
          CC530 Enterpreneurship and Business Strategies 3:0:3
          CC531 Patent Analysis and Invention Disclosure 3:0:3
          CC532 Collaborative System Design and Engineering 4:0:4
        3. Mandatory Major Course : None
        4. Elective Course
          • Master’s Program : 21 credits at least (Among the 21 credits, at least 12 credits should be taken in our department)
          • Doctoral Program : 27 credits at least


          Subject No Subject Name Lecture:Lab:Credit Note
          ME403 Introduction to Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering 3:0:3
          ME508 Design and Production of Ocean Systems 3:0:3
          ME509 Engineering Mechanics in Ocean Systems 4:0:4
          ME522 Water Wave Mechanics 3:0:3
          ME523 Introduction to Fluid-Structure Interactions 3:0:3
          ME524 Ocean Hydrodynamic 3:0:3
          ME532 Advanced analysis of solids and structures 3:0:3
          ME535 Finite Elements Analysis of Structures 3:0:3
          ME538 Advanced Ocean Systems Design 3:0:3 **
          ME539 Offshore Plant Design 3:0:3
          ME540 Stochastic Theory of Structure System 3:0:3
          ME541 Reliability and Risk Analysis for Offshore Plants 3:0:3
          ME542 Floating Structures 3:0:3 *ME538
          ME544 Optimal Design of Ocean Composite Structures 3:0:3 *ME537
          ME546 Naval Ship Shock Analysis and Design 3:0:3
          ME548 Knowledge-Based Design System for Ocean System 3:1:3(6) *ME547
          ME555 Vibration of Offshore Structures 3:0:3
          ME556 Underwater Acoustics 3:0:3
          ME558 Dynamics of Offshore Structures 3:0:3
          ME559 Dynamics and Control of Ocean Vehicles 3:0:3
          ME565 Artificial Neural Network:Theory and Applications to Ocean Systems 3:0:3 *ME564
          ME568 Ocean VR Simulation 3:0:3 *GCT722
          ME571 Marine Production Systems Engineering 3:0:3
          ME590 Ocean Systems Innovation 3:0:3
          ME593 Harbor Engineering 3:0:3
          ME594 Ocean Systems Engineering 3:0:3
          ME595 Ocean Systems Management 3:0:3
          ME596 Shipbuilding and Offshore Plants Management System 3:0:3
          ME597 Introduction to renewable ocean energy 3:0:3
          ME598 Human and Energy 3:0:3
          ME599 Ocean Feature-Based Modeling 3:1:3 *ME548
          ME620 Ocean Wave Mechanics 3:0:3
          ME622 Floating Body Dynamics 3:0:3
          ME624 Simulation of ships and ocean systems hydrodynamics 3:0:3
          ME630 Deepsea Petroleum Production Engineering 4:0:4
          ME631 Hydro-elasticity 3:0:3 *ME637
          ME634 Smart Materials and Adaptive Structures 3:0:3
          ME637 Design of Ocean Composite Structures 3:0:3 *ME638
          ME652 Ocean Robotics: Techniques and Application 3:0:3
          ME657 Ocean Dynamic Positioning System 3:0:3 *ME662
          ME658 Engineering System Identification 3:0:3
          ME670 Construction of Offshore Structures 2:0:2
          ME671 Product Lifecycle Management System for Ocean System 3:1:3 *ME647
          ME721 Ocean Fluid Mechanics Modeling 3:0:3 *ME722
          ME730 Design of Light Sandwich Structures 3:0:3 *ME738
          ME803 Special Topics in Ocean Systems Engineering 3:0:3
          ME804 Special Topics and Design Laboratory of Ocean Systems Engineering 2:3:3

          ※ *: Substitutive course / 500 level courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students
          ※ ** ME 538 Advanced Ocean Systems Design is a design course and it is granted as Renaissance Program design course only to graduate students who took ‘ME508 Design and Production of Ocean Systems’ that opend in 2009
          ※ Applicable to students entering KAIST in 2016 and thereafter

        5. Research Credits
          • Master’s Program : 9 credits at least (including seminar course for 1 credit), Foreign Students, Changwon Univ.-KIAST students are excluded.
          • Doctoral Program : 30 credits at least


          Subject No Subject Name Lecture:Lab:Credit
          ME960 M.S. Thesis
          ME968 Seminar of Career Planning for Ocean Engineering 1:0:1
          ME980 Ph.D. Thesis
          ME966 Seminar in M.S. 1:0:1
          ME986 Seminar in Ph.D. 1:0:1