Naval Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering and engineering design. When graduating from this programme, you will possess knowledge and experience of the complete processes of conception, design, modelling, 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. The programme is characterised by a progressive learning environment with the student in focus and has a reputation for educating creative and skilful engineers for the maritime sector as well as for other branches of engineering.

Naval Architecture at KTH

The programme 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, manoeuvring, 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 specialise further in your chosen track or 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 specialise 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 programme is finalised 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.

Track; Lightweight Structures

In this 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 led 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.

Track; Fluid Mechanics

This 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 on modelling and solve real fluid mechanics problems. The knowledge you gain in this track is applicable in ship hydromechanics as well as in general fluid mechanics problems.

Track; Management

This 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.

Topics covered

Ocean waves, Ship stability, Propulsion, Seakeeping, Manoeuvring, Ship Structures, Systems engineering, Ship design, Small craft design, Underwater technology.


The multi-disciplinary character of naval architecture and the structure and curriculum of the programme 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.

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