Naval Architecture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #98 (QS) ,
Naval Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering and engineering design. This programme is offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.


Naval Architecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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 of educating creative and skillful engineers for the maritime sector as well as for other branches of engineering.

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, maneuvering, 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Ship Design
  • Marine Structures
  • Marine Hydromechanics
  • Industrial Management, Basic Course
  • Design Thinking
  • Internal Combustion Engines 1
  • Introductory Welding Technology, General Course
  • Fibre Composites - Materials and Manufacturing
  • Naval Design
  • High-Speed Craft
  • Underwater Technology
  • Turbulence
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Naval Architecture, Vehicle Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics or similar is required. A Bachelor of Engineering degree (BEng) in similar areas might be considered on an individual basis. The applicant's qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and mechanics fulfilling the following minimum requirements:

  • Mathematics: 25 ECTS including linear algebra, calculus, differential equations and numerical methods.
  • Structure mechanics and materials: 12 ECTS

In addition, sufficient qualifications within elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Living costs for Stockholm

  • 9668 - 17250 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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