Master of Science in Yacht design


Program Description


The Yacht Design degree program, offered in English, aims to prepare students to become professionals in the field capable of confronting industrial problems at a high degree of complexity and innovation. Graduates need to be able to understand, analyze and verify pleasure crafts, design large yachts based on innovative technologies, and oversee and direct construction, testing, maintenance and repair of yachts and mega yachts.

Learning by doing

The classroom lectures in which the theoretical foundation of each course is presented to students are supported by:

  • didactic laboratories on design and nautical experimentation;
  • internships at shipyards, professional consultancy studios, and maritime classification registers and surveying boards;
  • conferences and workshops in the nautical field;
  • university regattas;
  • research theses on fundamental topics or on themes proposed by companies in the nautical field.

Career perspectives

Employment at construction shipyards, repair and refitting yards for yachts and pleasure craft, classification registers and surveying boards, design and professional consultancy studios and research institutes which operate in the yachting and mega-yacht sectors.

What you will learn

Yacht stability: Standards concerning the stability and buoyancy, the leak problem, the rolling movement, and stabilization means, speed effects on the stability.

Yacht dynamics: The course deals with the motion law definition as well as the hydrodynamics characteristics regulating ship and yacht behavior from the maneuverability, seakeeping, and dynamic stability sides.

Ship structures: The course regards the Finite Element Method for solving linear static mechanical problems

Numerical Marine Hydrodynamics: The course is intended to provide students with the basis of the most advanced numerical techniques adopted for the solution of the hydrodynamic problems related to naval architecture. The theoretical background of each proposed methodology, with its field of application and its limits, is presented together with hands-on examples.

Motor Yacht Design: This unit aims to complete the student skills in the naval architecture field through the study of advanced topics specifically concerning the preliminary phase of the design.

Yacht Rigging: The course will provide basic knowledge about scantling criteria of sailing systems. Typical configurations are analyzed using applicable rules and by means of some advanced numerical methods. Some concepts of sail design, from a structural perspective, are presented along with a few hints about fluid-structure interaction problems.

Yacht Design Studio Workshop: Focused on concepts concerning the onboard space and arrangement, with particular concern to the organization on several bridges.

Sailing Yacht Aero Hydro Dynamics: This unit supplies students with the basic fundamentals of the sail aerodynamics and interaction with the hull, as well as technological and application concepts concerning the design methods and materials.


Design of pleasure craft (without limits) both from a scientific and technological point of view and from an aesthetic point of view.

The nautical designer must possess the professional competence and skills in the disciplinary fields typical of naval engineering as well as an equally solid preparation in the field of architectural composition and design applied to the nautical field.

What does it mean to be a Yacht Designer?

It means being able to deal in an effective manner with technical problems at a high level of complexity and innovation and work in an optimal manner using the most modern design and production techniques. In short, the principal characteristics of a professional of the Master’s program in Yacht Design will be a student who has the ability to understand, analyze and verify pleasure craft, even at a large dimension and complexity, design yachts of large dimension using innovative technologies, and oversee and direct the construction, testing, maintenance, operation and repair of leisure craft.

Quick facts

  • Degree type: Master of Science
  • Duration and credits: 2 Years / 120 CFU
  • Admission: Free access
  • Sede: LA SPEZIA
  • Teaching language: English
  • Teaching mode: Lectures
  • Taxes and fees: From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
  • International partnerships: Student exchange
  • Head of the program: DARIO BOOTE
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The University offers the students a solid cultural and scientific education and gives them many instruments to face the professional future. It offers real possibilities of integration between theory ... Read More

The University offers the students a solid cultural and scientific education and gives them many instruments to face the professional future. It offers real possibilities of integration between theory and practice, also through stages with institutions and companies and training periods abroad. There are many different forms of collaboration and cooperation with foreign Universities and Institutions that allow a high mobility of professors and students from and towards foreign countries. At the moment, with more than 3,000 foreign students, the University went over the 8% mark of the total amount of registered students, establishing even more - and unlike the national data - its position as a point of attraction for the students that choose Italy for their University studies. Read less
Genoa , Varazze , La Spezia + 2 More Less