Master in Maritime Engineering


Program Description

The joint master's programme in Maritime Engineering is given in collaboration between the Nordic Five Tech universities – KTH, Chalmers, DTU, Aalto University and NTNU – and hereby combines these five universities lead expertise and long tradition in maritime engineering. Students begin their studies at one of the partner universities for year one and complete their studies at another university for year two, resulting in a double degree from the two universities.

Study at two Nordic universities

The joint master's programme in Maritime Engineering is a collaboration between the five leading technical universities in the Nordic countries (Nordic Five Tech). The programme gives you a unique opportunity to tailor your degree based on your academic interests.

You will get to study at two of the partner universities, spending one year at each. You graduate with a double master’s degree from the two universities. Nordic Five Tech is a strategic alliance consisting of:

  • Aalto University in Finland
  • The Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Maritime Engineering at KTH

As an engineer graduated from this programme, you will possess a deep theoretical knowledge of topics such as waves and wave loads; the interaction between water and structures; stability and dynamics of ships, small craft and platforms; propulsion; and advanced steel and lightweight structures. You will also have a high level of knowledge and experience of the design, construction and operation of ships, small craft and offshore structures, including technical as well as economic, social, and environmental aspects.

The programme is structured in two parts. In the first year, the focus is on general maritime engineering and topics such as ship stability, resistance, propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring, ship and ocean structures, and initial ship design. In year two students specialise in one of the five study tracks: Ocean Structures (NTNU, Norway), Passenger Ships (Aalto, Finland), Ship Design (Chalmers, Sweden), Ship Operations (DTU, Denmark) or Small Craft (KTH, Sweden). You can hence choose either to take your first general year at KTH and then continue with the specialisation at one of the other universities or alternatively start at another university and finalize with a specialisation in the small craft at KTH.

Degree project

The programme is finalised with an individual study in the form of a degree project. The project topic can, for example, be a small research project, an advanced engineering analysis or a design project, and may be completed at a university or, more commonly, at a company with suitable infrastructure to provide sufficient supervision and resources. Students should be active in the process of finding a suitable project, but KTH can provide some assistance with information on relevant points of contact. Students are recommended to find a project in their country of permanent residence or in the country where they intend to start a professional career. Local rules for the degree project may vary depending on the choice of university for year two.

Topics covered

Ship design, small craft design, ocean waves, ship stability, propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring, ship structures


The multi-disciplinary character of the subject maritime engineering, and the structure and curriculum of this programme make the education relevant for careers in the maritime sector as well as in other fields. Within the maritime sector the Nordic countries are leading in a number of fields such as ship operation and design and the construction of high-technology ships, small craft, and offshore installations. Other significant markets are, for example, found in other parts of the EU and in the large shipbuilding nations in Asia.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has served as one of Europe’s key centres of innovation and intellectual talent for almost two hundred years. Recognized as Sweden’s most prestigious technical univer ... Read More

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has served as one of Europe’s key centres of innovation and intellectual talent for almost two hundred years. Recognized as Sweden’s most prestigious technical university, KTH is also the country’s oldest and largest. With over 12,000 students and an international reputation for excellence, the university continues to nurture the world’s brightest minds, helping to shape the future. Read less