PhD Shipping and Marine Technology

General information

The department of Shipping and Marine Technology comprises scientific areas related to shipping and ship technology on and below the water. The doctoral programme has three tracks: Naval Architecture, Shipping Technology and the Marine Environment. In a common part basic knowledge is provided in other areas required to enable a systematic approach to shipping and marine technology.

Special tracks

The student will choose one of the three tracks. The track may be indicated in the Licentiate or Doctoral certificate.

  • Naval Architecture

The track may be specialized either towards ship structures or hydrodynamics. Ship structures comprises project planning in ship design, strength properties of marine structures, fatigue, lightweight construction and risk assessment with an application, for instance, to ship safety. Hydrodynamics comprises the hydrodynamic properties and design of the ship with respect to resistance, propulsion, maneuvering and sea keeping. Simulation methods are developed in both areas.

  • Shipping Technology

The track comprises ship handling and ship management, including Human Factors, work environment, information requirements and nautical subjects. Other research topics are ship operation, chartering, cargo handling and organizational issues, like manning and education. Within all areas studies, assessments and measurements are made, and guidelines and proposals are developed for organizations concerned.

  • Marine Environment

This track comprises the environmental impact of seaborne transport in the form of emissions to air and water. Cleaning techniques and other solutions to reduce the environmental impact are studied as well. Other areas are the development and application of methodology for the assessment of the environmental impact and resource utilization from a systems engineering perspective.


The aim of the doctoral programme is to educate researchers with good knowledge in scientific research methodology and teaching, with good presentation skills and with the ability to carry out independent scientific research of an international standard. For a more detailed description see the Goals for the Graduate Course Programmes at Chalmers.


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0311 - Maritime economy", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0731 - Surveying", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden

​The graduate school is organised within the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.



To qualify for admission the applicant shall have a university degree, relevant to the considered research field, of at least 240 credits (c). Applicants who have acquired an equivalent education can be admitted after an individual evaluation.

  • For the Naval Architecture track a technical education within Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Physics or the equivalent is required.
  • Shipping Technology and Marine Environment are very wide areas and the requirements are determined depending on the considered project. A suitable background for Shipping Technology is a ship officer’s education.
  • Applicants who do not have English or a Nordic language as their mother tongue also have to pass an English language test (e.g. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550, ‘‘paper based’’ or TOEFL 213, ‘‘computer based’’) for admission.

The admission to the doctoral programme is decided by the department head based on recommendations by the examiner.


Academic level: PhD


The requirements for the Licentiate degree is at least 45 c acquired from courses and at least 60 c acquired from the Licentiate thesis. The total achievement shall be 120 c.

The requirements for the Doctoral degree is at least 60 c acquired from courses and at least 165 c acquired from the Doctoral thesis. The total achievement shall be 240 c. Note that the credits given for the Doctoral degree includes the credits from the Licentiate degree.

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