Master's degree of Yacht Design (Engineering)

General information

Laurea Magistrale in Yacht Design

The MSc Yacht Design (Engineering) will supply you with the method of study and the basic scientific skills required to keep updated your training in time. This course will also provide you with the technical/professional skills for the working world, and will teach you to apply methods, techniques and tools which are today available, both as freelances and in the manufacturing and service companies, for: production, advanced design, planning and scheduling and complex system management. In the meantime you will be acquainted with the professional and ethical responsibilities that your work will require. 

The know-how necessary to the Yacht Designer consists of really diversified elements belonging to different disciplinary sectors. That it is why the offered lectures regards common basic disciplines especially in Industrial Engineering Class (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Informatics), indispensable to deal with successive studies and ship science disciplines, which will enable you to acquire skills regarding:

  • Naval Architecture, that concerns hydrostatics (geometry, equilibrium, buoyancy) and hydrodynamics (motion resistance, propulsion, seakeeping);
  • Ship Structures, that concerns hull and structure scantlings, (loads, drawing and scantling, robustness testing) and building methodologies;
  • Marine Engineering, that concerns propulsion (engines compartment, shaft lines, propeller), boat services – particular installations and also auxiliary machineries;
  • Design, that concerns the distribution space criteria, ergonomics and aesthetics from the overall point of view and the individual yacht element as well.

The final thesis will allow you to apply knowledge and skills achieved and will offer you the opportunity of working in a shipyard or in a laboratory, where you might develop other operative basic skills to fill in your education, such as: behavior, relationship, group working. 

Modules of the programme

Year 1 ECTS Year 2 ECTS
Yacht Stability and Dynamics 12 Ship Structures 6
Yacht Studio workshop A - 1st part  6 Ship Propulsion Plants 6
Motor Yacht Design 6 Yacht Design Studio Workshop B  12
Elective Unit 6 Yacht Rigging 6
Elective Unit 6 Marine Numerical Hydrodynamics 6
Structural Mechanics 6 Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning 6
Mathematical Physics 6 Internship 6
Yacht Construction Technologies 6 Master Thesis 6
Yacht Design Studio Workshop A – 2nd part 6    
Learning outcome:
  • Know in depth the theoretical-scientific aspects of engineering, both in general and in detail for what concerns marine engineering, with respect to which they're able to identify, formulate and solve (also in an innovative way) complex problems that require an interdisciplinary approach;
  • Be able to invent, plan, design and manage complex and/or innovative systems, processes and services;
  • Be able to design and manage experiments of high complexity;
  • Be endowed with knowledge of context and transversal skills;
  • Have knowledge in the field of business organization (corporate culture) and professional ethics;
  • Be able to use fluently, in both written and oral form, at least one European Union language, other than Italian, with particular reference to technical terminology.

The typical occupational fields for graduates in Nautical Engineering are the advanced design, the production, the planning and programming, the management of complex systems, in both freelance practice and manufacturing and services companies.

The main career opportunities are:

  • shipyards for building and repairing boats and ships;
  • operators in the sector of pleasure yachts;
  • classification societies and surveyor bodies;
  • professional design or survey studios;
  • research institutes.
Contact Person: Prof. Dario Boote (Programme Chairman) ( )


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

0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0716 - Naval engineering


Venue: University of Genoa
La Spezia, Italy

Polo Universitario della Spezia G. Marconi
Via dei Colli n.90 - 19121 La Spezia



Tasse e Benefici (in Italian)

  • Hold a Degree, a MSc by law MD 509/1999, a MSc by law MD 270/2004, achieved at an Italian University or a Five Year Degree (before MD 509/1999) achieved at an Italian University or an equivalent.
  • Hold at least 40 CFU, or equivalent knowledge, achieved at any academic course (Degree, MSc, first and second level Master) in scientific sectors suitable for base educational activities in three years degree fields about Industrial Engineering Class; (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Informatics, Statistics).
  • Hold at least 45 CFU, or equivalent knowledge, achieved at any academic course (Degree, MSc, first and second level Master) in scientific sectors suitable for educational activities in Naval Engineering Class field; (Naval Architecture, Ship Hydrostatics, Ship Propulsion Systems, Ship Plants).

Moreover the possess of a suitable beginning preparation is assessed through a test which should be passed, except for the exemption cases, before the enrollment. 

Application Procedure:

More information is available on the website of the university about applications and enrolment (in Italian). 


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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