Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Naval Architecture, 120 credits (TMRSM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2017

Last edit: 16/01/2018
Approved: 16/01/2018

The overall objective with the Master of Science Program in Naval Architecture is to educate skillful, creative, independent and conscious engineers, who through their knowledge and skills, working methods and approach, can contribute to a sustainable development of the society. Naval Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering and engineering design. As an engineer graduated with a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from KTH 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, along with deep theoretical knowledge in related topics such as lightweight structures, fluid mechanics and management. The program is characterized by a progressive learning environment with the student in focus and has a reputation of educating creative and skillful engineers that are attractive in the maritime sector as well as in other branches of engineering both in Sweden and internationally.

Knowledge and understanding

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Naval Architecture the student shall be able to:

1. demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and proven experience of naval architecture and deeper insight into current research and development work;

2. give an account of the international shipping markets and the corresponding stakeholders, goods flow paths, and ship types;

3. demonstrate broad general knowledge and understanding in mathematics and mechanics, as well as substantially deeper methodological knowledge and understanding in marine technology and the chosen area of specialization (lightweight structures, fluid mechanics or management)

Skills and abilities

4. demonstrate ability to, from a holistic perspective, critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues and situations in naval architecture, mechanical engineering and engineering design;

5. demonstrate ability to create, analyze and critically evaluate different technical solutions for ships and other complex technical systems;

6. demonstrate ability to plan and carry out advanced engineering tasks within given frames using appropriate methods and to evaluate this work;

7. demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts so as to contribute to the development of knowledge;

8. demonstrate ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge; 

9. demonstrate ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate the technical characteristics of ships, their components, and related phenomena, even on the basis of limited information;

10. demonstrate ability to design ships and other technical systems and related processes taking into account people’s situations and needs, and the society’s objectives for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development;

11. demonstrate ability to engage and contribute in teamwork and cooperation in groups of varying composition;

12. 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;

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

13. demonstrate ability to make sound judgements in the design and assessment of ships and other technical systems, taking into account relevant scientific, social, ethical, economic and environmental aspects;

14. demonstrate awareness of and insight in the potential and limitations of technology and science, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used;

15. demonstrate ability to identify their need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for continuously upgrading personal knowledge and capabilities.

Complete information on the degree requirements can be found at the local degree policy of KTH,