The Royal Institute of Technology

KTH – Royal Institute of Technology
The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), KTH, is responsible for one- third of Sweden’s capacity for engineering studies and technical research at postsecondary level. The university has over 12,000 undergraduate students, 1,600 active postgraduate students and a staff of 3,000 people.

Centre for Naval Architecture
At KTH, the educational efforts within field of maritime engineering is performed by the Centre for naval architecture which is a division under the School of Science. The Centre for naval architecture was founded in 2001 and has since continuously been developing both research and undergraduate education. The research is focus on seakeeping, loads/responses and modelling and design of high speed craft. Fluid-structure interaction and wave induced loads are along with composite mechanics, sandwich structures and structural optimization some of the current research topics. Through the research a strong coupling between analysis and experimental results is emphasized both in model scale and in full size scale.


Naval architecture is an internationally well-established field of engineering, and this two year educational programme meets the international understanding of a Master of Science programme.

Naval architecture is a multi-disciplinary subject with a strong emphasis on systems engineering. A naval architect needs knowledge about the complete processes of conception, design, implementation and operation of boats, ships and other marine installations. In addition a naval architect needs a deep understanding of structural and fluid mechanics and related topics, for example the modelling and analysis of water waves, sea loads, ship motions, stability, seakeeping, manoeuvring, propulsion, and hull structural design. The multi-disciplinary character of the subject and the curriculum of this programme make the education relevant for careers not only in the maritime sector, but also in other fields.

The primary challenge for the future is to develop a sustainable society with sustainable transport systems. In the maritime sector this involves further improvements in energy efficiency through new ship designs, new propulsion systems, and the application of new lighter structural materials. It also involves improved management and logistics, which consider the complete transport chain. Other challenges are to develop techniques for conversion of the energy in the ocean waves and currents for human needs. The objective of this Master of Science Programme in Naval Architecture is to educate modern creative engineers who are capable of meeting these challenges and of contributing to developing society in a sound and sustainable direction. Within the masters programme, the students can choose any of the following specializations

  • Lightweight structures
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Management
  • Sustainable development
  • Sound and vibration

The education in Naval Architecture at KTH is to a large extent influenced by the active involvement in the CDIO initiative. CDIO is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. It provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving – Designing – Implementing – Operating realworld systems and products. The CDIO Initiative was developed with input from academics, industry, engineers and students. The education also involves a high profile capstone design course in which up to 20 students in cooperation goes through the whole cycle of the development of a maritime product, i.e. Conceive-Design-Implement and Operate.

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