Erasmus Mundus - (MIR) Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics Master

January 31, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
Toulon, Trondheim, Lisbon, Castelló


The (MIR) Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics Master, innovatively combines Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the context of advancing marine and maritime science and their technological applications. The Master in Marine and Maritime Intellugent Robotics (MIR) is built on a global consortium consisting of 4 main partners and on an expanding multidisciplinary network of 28 global associate academic institutions in marine/maritime sciences, AI and robotics and 26 leading industry partners in 21 countries.



MIR students conduct their Master studies at 2 of the 4 main academic partners institutions listed below,

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Norway),
  • Universitat Jaume I UJI (Spain),
  • Instituto Superior Técnico IST, University of Lisbon (Portugal),
  • Université de Toulon UTLN (France). Coordinating institution.

All MIR students spend the first year in France at UTLN, and then depending on the study track selected move to one of the 3 main partners NTNU, UJI or IST- UL for the second year.


MIR Master programme aims at building the capacity of future engineers to enable advancements in the development and operation of new robotics systems with far-reaching impact on techniques necessary for ocean exploration and exploitation.

Such systems will necessarily use a new breed of autonomous surface and underwater robots: teleoperated/semi-autonomous robots, specialized robots for deep sea operations, and robots for infrastructure inspection and maintenance, often working in cooperation and networked via aerial, acoustic, and optical links.

The challenges that lie ahead can only be met by bringing together fast-paced developments in robotics and AI methods with a view to sustained autonomy and on-line decision making in the unforgiving marine environment. The MIR Master’s is designed to provide training in state-of-the-art applied robotics targeted at enhancing the efficiency, health, safety and environmental performance of the offshore industry, maritime operations, and marine science studies.

A MIR Graduate upon completion of the programme will:

have a deepened understanding of marine processes and challenges in order to develop robots that will interact in-and-with it, as well as develop technological solutions to mitigate and adapt to future environmental challenges (such as pollution, climate change impacts, etc.)

  • master the spectrum of sensors/actuators specific to underwater and sea-surface robotics. Understand their functions, limitations and be capable of implementing them on robots and using them.
  • be capable of modelling external forces onto robotic systems and use simulation tools to predict the behaviour in a marine environment.
  • develop and use a general framework for mission planning, programming, and execution of single and multiple, networked marine robots working in cooperation. Master the theoretical foundations and practical aspects of networked control systems and distributed estimation and control.
  • be experts in data-driven computational approaches to sensing, control, decision-making and autonomous behaviour. Provide maritime robots with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities ranging from perceptual abilities to autonomous motion and navigation planning.
  • be proficient in the main Machine Learning techniques and paradigms applicable to robotics. Know the state-of-the-art in ML-based solutions to robotic-specific problems, including Deep Learning applications to computer vision, acoustic sensing and reinforcement learning.
  • tackle surface and underwater technological applications in coastal, offshore, deep sea environments relevant to maritime navigation, surveillance, environmental monitoring, geotechnical surveying, offshore oil and gas, ocean farming, and renewables industries.

The MIR programme is industry focused and taught using learning by doing principles, so upon completion MIR graduate will be qualified to:

  • apply the necessary communication and research skills for integrated team work
  • manage innovation projects and systematically assess risks and reliability issues
  • recognize technical, financial, ethical and regulatory boundaries to AI and marine technological innovations development and operation
  • have an in-depth understanding of blue growth industry sectors and innovation technology development opportunities.

In the 2nd year, MIR students specialise in one of the 3 study tracks :

  • Applied robotics for underwater intervention missions  (study track 1 at UJI, Spain), 
  • Safe autonomous subsea operations (study track 2, NTNU, Norway) or 
  • Cooperative marine robotics for scientific and commercial applications (study track 3, IST – UL, Portugal)




Students that graduate from the Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics (MIR) master’s course will obtain a master’s double-degree.

MIR students choose a specific study track which determines which universities they will obtain their degrees from. The double-degrees are based on the accredited master’s degrees from the European institutions where they studied the first two and the third semester. All degrees are officially recognized and give full access to PhD study programs.

MIR graduates also receive a diploma supplement describing the nature, level and content of their studies.

Study track 1: Applied robotics for underwater intervention missions

  • UTLN Master’s Degree in Engineering of Complex Systems
  • UJI Master’s Degree in Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics

Study track 2: Safe autonomous subsea operations

  • UTLN Master’s Degree in Engineering of Complex Systems
  • NTNU Master’s in Marine Robotics

Study track 3: Cooperative marine robotics for scientific and commercial applications

  • UTLN Master’s Degree in Engineering of Complex Systems
  • UL Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

The MIR master’s course is offered to European and third country-students who fulfil the following requirements:

  • Hold at at the the beginning of the programme/time of registering to the programme (September) a first university degree after at least three years of university studies totalling 180 ECTS, of which at least 30 ECTS are in mathematics-related subjects.
  • Proven B2 minimum CEFR level English proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required prove their English proficiency by one of the following ways:
    • TOEFL (scores 90 IBT or higher, 220 CBT or higher, 550 PBT or higher),
    • Cambridge Advanced English Test (score B or higher),
    • IELTS (score 6.5 or higher),
    • TOEIC (800 or higher),
    • An applicant who carried out his/her degree in English is eligible, providing an official certificate from the degree-awarding institution that states the program was taught entirely in English. 

Scholarship eligibility

These are the criteria used to determine eligibility to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) scholarship: 

  • Scholarship students must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognized equivalent level of learning 180 ECTS according to national rules and legislation in place by the application deadline. That means that scholarship applicants must hold a higher education degree by October 2020 at the latest to start the program in 2020.
  • Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or are former Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral Course scholarship holders are not eligible for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. Students benefiting from an EMJMD scholarship cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing their EMJMD studies.
  • The list of countries whose nationals are eligible for a scholarship is presented here. A differentiation between program country students and partner country students is applied. No more than 25% of the total number of scholarships available will be awarded to program country students. 
  • Scholarship holders spending part of the EMJMD course in their country of residence are not entitled to benefit from the monthly subsistence allowance for this period. Partner country students spending part of the EMJMD course in any partner country are not entitled to the monthly subsistence allowance for this period.
  • Students from partner countries who have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the program countries will be considered program country applicants according to the 12-months rule. 
  • Each given academic year student candidates can apply for a maximum of three different joint programs supported by the Erasmus Mundus scholarships (see the EMJMD catalogue).
  • A full and timely application to the EMJMD master’s program is a requirement to access the scholarship.

Other constraints are taken into account when allocating EMJMD scholarships:

  • No more than three students from the same nationality can be selected in the main list


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

The Erasmus Mundus Programme supports Master Programmes of excellence by providing EU- funded scholarships for third country and EU/ EEA students who have applied to and have been accepted by the Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics Master program (MIR). 

There are around 22 Erasmus Mundus grants available each year. Please note that the next application round for the scholarships will take place between October 2021 and January 2022 for the 2022/2023 academic year. Those who submit their applications later can only be considered as self funding applicants. Application to the MIR program and for the scholarship is one application, no extra scholarship application is needed.

What does the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship cover? 

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers the participation costs, tuition fees, a monthly allowance for living costs and a contribution to travel and installation costs. Each successful candidate receiving an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, will receive 1000EUR each month for living costs during the 24 months duration of the program. The scholarship also includes a contribution to travel and installation and any other type of costs to be paid in two installments , including the participation costs of 9000 EUR (EU students) and 18000 (Non- EU students). including health insurance coverage for 24 months.

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