Implementation of the education

Master's Programme, Naval Architecture, 120 credits (TMRSM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2010

Last edit: 14/10/2011
Approved: 14/10/2011

Structure of the education

The academic year at KTH is divided into four periods. Each period lasts approximately seven weeks with at least 33 days of study. Each period is followed by an exam period. In addition to the four regular exam periods, there are three additional re-examination periods: after Christmas, after May and immediately proceeding the first study period of the academic year. The academic year has a duration of 40 weeks. Teaching activities may, if necessary, be scheduled outside the academic year. The first three quarters of the program (90 university credits) is course based, while the last half year (30 university credits) is devoted to the degree project.


The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

Of the course based part of the program (the first 90 university credits), the Major which corresponds to approximately 40 university credits and the chosen profile which corresponds to approximately 20 university credits are mandatory. Courses should also be selected from the pool of conditionally selective courses to reach a total of 75 credits. This leaves 15 credits for totally free courses. A comprehensive list of the courses in the Major, the profiles and the conditionally selective courses is included in Appendix 1.

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

No later than November 15 and May 15 each academic year, respectively, the students are required to make a study registration and course selection for the coming term. At least 45 university credits have to be completed during the first academic year (including the re-examination period in August) in order for the student to be promoted to the second year of the program. New students have to make a decision about their Profile in the very beginning of the program.

Recognition of previous academic studies

Under certain circumstances, and in agreement with the program director, credits for previous studies can be received according to the local policy of KTH, see

Degree project

Students admitted to the program are required to perform an independent study in the form of a thesis project corresponding to 30 university credits. To begin the thesis project, a student must have completed at least 60 university credits of the total course work including at least two of the three compulsory courses in the chosen profile. The purpose of the thesis project is that the student should demonstrate the ability to perform independent project work, using and developing the knowledge and skills obtained from the courses in the program. The thesis project can either be performed at a university or, more commonly, at a company in the naval architecture sector or in the sector of the chosen profile with suitable infrastructure to provide sufficient supervision and resources for the project. The student must actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry; however KTH will provide some assistance with information on suitable points of contact. Exchange students are recommended to find a thesis project in their country of permanent residence or in the country where they intend to start their professional careers. More information on the KTH policy on the degree project can be found at


Students who fulfill all the requirements will be awarded a Degree of Master of Science (two years). Students must apply for the degree and also show proof of their basic degree (Bachelor's or similar). Complete information on the degree requirements can be found in the local degree policy of KTH, see