MSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

General information

Ships transport large quantities of raw material and manufactured goods around the world, making the shipping industry the hub of the global economy. Today, developing this transport system and turning shipping into the most efficient, safe and environmental-friendly means of transportation is a great engineering challenge. In addition, there is also a challenge in developing and designing structures required in the emerging field of ocean energy. This International Master’s Programme will give you a solid base for a future professional career in these fields of engineering.

The Master’s in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Chalmers, offers an internationally attractive and competitive education within conception, planning, design and analysis of large marine structures considering hydromechanics and strength through a holistic approach. The programme focuses on ships and offshore structures, but is equally attractive for students with a general interest in strength- and hydrodynamic analysis and systems engineering.

The master takes part in the joint programme Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering. This gives you the opportunity to choose between five universities that are all highly specialised and technologically advanced, and receive a double degree.

Besides traditional lectures you will take part in team based projects that are created from real life business case scenarios, the Marine Design Project is one example. The aim is to create an initial design of a ship or offshore structure taking the contradicting requirements of these products into account.

Course Content

  • Ship geometry and hydrostatics
  • Marine Transport Systems
  • Ship resistance and Computational Hydrodynamics
  • Marine Propulsion Systems
  • Ship Motions and Wave Induced Loads
  • Marine Structural Engineering
  • Marine Design Project
  • Reliability Analysis of Marine Structures
Learning outcome:

As a student you will gain skills and knowledge on how to weigh the contradicting requirements in the design of ships and offshore structures using systems thinking and systems engineering tools. You will be able to propose new concepts and designs to meet transport needs and limitations, carry out strength analyses with respect to static and fatigue strength, design hulls with respect to hydrodynamic requirements and choose the appropriate machinery and propulsion equipment.

Contact Person: Per Hogström (Programme Director) (


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

0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering


Venue: Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden

Department of Shipping and Marine Technology
Hörselgången 4, Campus Lindholmen, Gothenburg


Open from
10 Oct 2016 to 9 Jan 2017


140.000 SEK/academic year. EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.


Degree Requirements
A Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major inMechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics or Engineering Mathematics. Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Mathematical statistics and Numerical analysis, Mechanics, Strength of materials and Fluid mechanics

English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Application Procedure:

Applications can only be submitted online via (in English) or (in Swedish). Complete your online application by submitting the required documents seen below. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of 900 SEK

  1. Cover sheet - if you are to send your documentation by regular mail (this requirement does not apply to applicants with a Swedish personal identity number).
  2. Diplomas from previous university studies or Certificate of ongoing studies (if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been awarded).
  3. Transcripts of records (including grades) and course syllabus when necessary.
  4. Documentation of English language requirement.
  5. Proof that you meet the specific entry requirements.
  6. Relevant pages of your passport (or other valid ID) is necessary for the determination of fee status.
  7. Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Optional documents

  1. Letter of intent/motivatios
  2. Relevant work experience
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. Certificate of cumulative average grade.

All application information


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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