Master in Maritime Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Program Description

Master in Maritime Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The Nordic Master Programme in Maritime Engineering is given in collaboration between the Nordic Five Tech Universities – KTH (Sweden), Chalmers (Sweden), DTU (Denmark), Aalto (Finland), and NTNU (Norway) – and hereby combines these five universities’ lead expertise and long tradition in maritime engineering. Students begin their studies in this programme 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. 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.

Programme outline

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 specialize 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 to either take your first general year at KTH then continue with the specialization at one of the other universities, or start at another university and finalize with a specialization in 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 performed 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.

Career prospects

The multi-disciplinary character of the subject maritime engineering, and the structure and curriculum of this program, 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 construction of high-technology ships, small craft, and offshore installations. Other significant markets are for example found in other parts of EU and in the large shipbuilding nations in Asia.

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Last updated September 23, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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February 2017, September 2017
2 years
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Start date February 2017, September 2017
Sweden Stockholm
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