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SD2721 Ship Design 9.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

All master programmes as long as it can be included in your programme.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Naval Architecture, åk 1, MRSA, Mandatory

Master's Programme, Naval Architecture, åk 1, MRSB, Mandatory

Master's Programme, Naval Architecture, åk 1, MRSD, Mandatory


P1 (6.0 hp), P2 (3.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Max: 30

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2721 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures and seminars introducing basic ship theory, the ship design process, and systems engineering concepts. Hands on development of a computer code for ship hydrostatics analysis. Hands on experiments on ship stability and resistance. Visits and exercises on board ships. Individual ship design project and related workshops.

Intended learning outcomes

This course gives an introduction to naval architecture, i.e. the engineering design of ships and other marine technology systems, and basic ship theory such as hydrostatics, stability, resistance and propulsion. The objective is that students after finishing the course shall be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and proven experience of ship design and insight into current research and development work;
  2. demonstrate methodological knowledge and understanding in ship hydrostatics, stability, resistance and propulsion;
  3. demonstrate ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate ships' hydrostatics, stability, resistance, and energy and resource efficiency, even on the basis of limited information;
  4. demonstrate ability to critically, independently and creatively make the initial design of a ship for a certain transport scenario, taking into account relevant scientific, social, ethical, economic and environmental aspects, and international regulatory frameworks;
  5. give an account of the international shipping markets and the corresponding stakeholders, goods flow paths, and ship types;
  6. discuss the opportunities for seaborne transportation in a sustainable society and describe the shipping-related environmental problems and measures for tackling them;
  7. demonstrate ability to plan and carry out advanced engineering tasks within given frames using appropriate methods and to evaluate this work;
  8. demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss engineering conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

BSc in Vehicle Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering or similar.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN2 - Assignments, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

ÖVN1 - 4,5 ECTS

ÖVN2 - 4,5 ECTS

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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