Master in Naval Architecture

General

Program Description

Naval Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering and engineering design. When graduating from this program, you will possess knowledge and experience of the complete processes of conception, design, modeling, implementation, and operation of boats, ships, marine installations, and other complex systems, together with deep theoretical knowledge in related topics such as lightweight structures, fluid mechanics and management.

Naval Architecture at KTH

The program consists of a core track of studies and three optional tracks. In the core, you develop your general knowledge and skills in ship design, systems engineering, and a theoretical foundation in ship hydrostatics and stability, resistance and propulsion, waves, seakeeping, maneuvering and ship structures. By choosing one of the tracks, you have the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and skills in lightweight structures, fluid dynamics, and management. There is also room for elective courses, where you have the option of either broadening your education or specialize further in your chosen track. It is also an opportunity to study underwater technology and high-speed craft, or other areas suitable for your interests and career goals.

During the first year, you build your naval architecture foundation in the three core courses ship design, marine structures, and marine hydromechanics. In parallel, you specialize in the three courses within your chosen track. In the second year, you can develop your individual profile by, for example, go deeper in the area of your chosen track or in naval architecture by studying underwater technology or high-speed craft. Alternatively, you can broaden your education by taking courses from the other tracks or in other topics. Another option could be to take an exchange term at another university. The program is finalized with a degree project which can be a small research project, an advanced engineering analysis or a design project, and may be performed at a university or a company.

Lightweight Structures

In the Lightweight Structures track you have the opportunity to combine fundamental principles of naval architecture with knowledge about modern composite materials and sandwich structures and related design principles and manufacturing methods. Sweden has been a forerunner in the application of such material concepts in large ship structures and KTH has internationally leading research in this area. What you learn in this track is useful for working with ship structures as well as with aerospace, automotive and other kinds of lightweight structures.

Fluid Mechanics

The Fluid Mechanics track develops your fundamental understanding and working skills in incompressible fluid mechanics, which is the basis for the flow around ships, boats and marine installations. The governing set of partial differential equations, the Navier-Stokes equations, are derived, dissected, simplified and solved. The fundamental principles of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and modern computational tools are introduced. In hands-on projects, you will work with modeling and solving real fluid mechanics problems. The knowledge you gain in this track is applicable in ship hydromechanics as well as in general fluid mechanics problems.

Management

The Management track gives you the opportunity to complement your technical skills with knowledge of financial, organizational and managerial aspects, and develop your understanding of the concepts of sustainable development from environmental, social and economic viewpoints. Emphasis is on the ability to manage and control projects, strategies for sustainable development, and management tools and systems analysis methods. The track gives a good foundation for employment as a manager for companies and projects within the maritime sector as well as in other sectors.

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Career

The multi-disciplinary character of naval architecture and the structure and curriculum of the program make the education relevant for careers in the maritime sector as well as in other fields. Within the maritime sector, Swedish companies are leaders in a number of areas, such as ship design, ship operation, propulsion systems and design and construction of high-technology ships, submarines and small craft. Naval architects are also employed by state authorities such as the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Defence Material Administration. Significant international employment markets can also be found in the other Nordic countries, in other parts of the EU and in the large shipbuilding nations in Asia. Outside the maritime sector, you, for example, find naval architects in the automotive industry or as technical consultants. Graduates also go on to pursue a Ph.D. at KTH or other universities nationally and internationally. Research projects can be theoretical or applied and often involve a large degree of international cooperation.

Students

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Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Naval Architecture are:

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Life below Water

Naval Architecture is a mechanical engineering discipline that considers systems for maritime use, such systems including boats, ships, offshore platforms, and underwater systems. The use of these systems, for example in transport, in shipping and in the oil industry, to a large extent shape the conditions for today’s societies. The education provided as part of the master’s program in Naval Architecture, therefore, considers sustainable development throughout the program.

The students in the program are exposed to sustainability aspects and discuss engineering applications in a sustainability perspective in specific projects and workshops and in the general project assignments. Our aim is to produce effective engineering skills that contribute to a sustainable future. The program covers aspects relating to both reducing the environmental impact of maritime activity and our future societies, and tools for analyzing the operational aspects of shipping and how social conditions for maritime activity are affected by design.

The approach covers several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and your choice of specialization track and elective courses can further deepen and/or broaden your knowledge and skills.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Naval Architecture consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Lightweight Structures track

Mandatory courses

  • Fiber Composites - Analysis and Design (SD2413) 6.0 credits
  • Fiber Composites - Materials and Manufacturing (SD2414) 6.0 credits
  • Ship Design (SD2721) 9.0 credits
  • Marine Structures (SD2722) 7.5 credits
  • Marine Hydromechanics (SD2723) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Naval Design (SD2702) 20.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Fluid Mechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • Ship Design (SD2721) 9.0 credits
  • Marine Structures (SD2722) 7.5 credits
  • Marine Hydromechanics (SD2723) 7.5 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2212) 7.5 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics (SG2214) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (SG2224) 5.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Naval Design (SD2702) 20.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Management track

Mandatory courses

  • Environmental Management (AL2160) 7.5 credits
  • Management of Projects (EH2720) 7.5 credits
  • Ship Design (SD2721) 9.0 credits
  • Marine Structures (SD2722) 7.5 credits
  • Marine Hydromechanics (SD2723) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Naval Design (SD2702) 20.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses for all tracks

  • Industrial Management, Basic Course (ME1003) 6.0 credits
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1 (MF2047) 6.0 credits
  • Introductory Welding Technology, General Course (MG1010) 6.0 credits
  • Lightweight Structures and FEM (SD2411) 8.0 credits
  • Advanced design of welded structures (SD2420) 6.0 credits
  • High-Speed Craft (SD2705) 6.0 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Lightweight Structures track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Structural Optimisation and Sandwich Design (SD2416) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Naval Design (SD2702) 20.0 credits
  • High-Speed Craft (SD2705) 6.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Fluid Mechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Naval Design (SD2702) 20.0 credits
  • High-Speed Craft (SD2705) 6.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Management track

Mandatory courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Environmental System Analysis and Decision making (AL2181) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • High-Speed Craft (SD2705) 6.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses for all tracks

  • Industrial Management, Basic Course (ME1003) 6.0 credits
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1 (MF2047) 6.0 credits
  • Underwater Technology (SD2709) 7.5 credits
  • Turbulence (SG2218) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Naval Architecture

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in

  • Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis), (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms, (v) mathematical statistics, (vi) and basics of programming in a higher programming language equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Applied mechanics: must include (i) rigid body mechanics and (ii) solid mechanics, equivalent to at least 12 ECTS credits in total.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Naval Architecture

  • Summary sheet *

*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this will negatively affect your evaluation score. Be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form. Please note that the summary sheet is the only specific document required when applying to the master's program in Naval Architecture.

Last updated Apr 2020

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