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MSc Naval Architecture

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost SEK 310,000

Naval Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering and engineering design. 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.

Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

The academic year at KTH is divided into two semesters of 20 weeks, with the autumn semester beginning at the end of August and the spring semester beginning in January. All master’s programmes start in the autumn semester. The application deadlines below are strict and in Central European Time (CET).

1. Choose your programmes

Find one or more programmes and verify that you meet the general and programme specific admission requirements for the programmes. These can be found under ‘Entry requirements’ on each programme page.

Master’s programme catalogue

2. Submit your online application by 15 January

Create an account, select programmes and submit your application via University Admissions. Follow the "Apply now" link on the programme page or find all programmes published on University Admissions. You can apply to four programmes and these should be ranked in your order of priority.

Detailed description of the application process

3. Submit your required documents by 3 February

Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not submit all the required documentation. The general and programme specific documents are listed under 'Entry requirements' on each programme page. Please note:

  • Most applicants can upload all documents on
  • The documentation requirements and academic qualifications may differ between countries.
  • No documents should be sent to KTH unless you are instructed to do so.
  • The authenticity of your documents may be verified with the issuing institution. Applications made with fraudulent documents will be rejected and legal action may be taken.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Submitting your documents

Instructions for your country of studies

4. Pay the application fee or document your citizenship by 3 February

For non-EU/EEA citizens, an application fee (SEK 900) is required. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are not required to pay the application fee, but should prove their citizenship status, for instance with a passport copy.

Paying the application fee

5. Check the selection results on 3 April

The notification of selection results will be published on University Admissions on 3 April. You do not need to reply to your offer. If you are admitted, KTH will provide further information about how to prepare for your studies.

Notification of selection results

Joint programmes with other application processes

The following joint master’s programmes have separate application processes and deadlines. More information is given in each programme description.

Grant opportunities


A number of scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available, some financed by the Swedish government, others by the European Union or other organisations. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers

Learning outcomes

When graduating from this program 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.

Career. 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.


To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions in Sweden. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 3 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions in Sweden.

​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Naval Architecture

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in

  • Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis), (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms, (v) mathematical statistics, (vi) and basics of programming in a higher programming language equivalent to at least 25 ECTS credits in total.
  • Applied mechanics: must include (i) rigid body mechanics and (ii) solid mechanics, equivalent to at least 12 ECTS credits in total.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Policy and governance
Environmental protection technology
Offshore and renewable energy
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Oil, gas and mineral resources
Marine spatial planning
Near- and offshore constructions