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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2014-02-25 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics or Engineering Mathematics.



Mechanics, Strength of materials, Fluid mechanics and Mathematics (including Multivariable analysis, Mathematical statistics, Linear algebra and Numerical analysis)

General organization:


The aim of the programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering is to offer an internationally attractive and competitive education within planning, design and analysis of large structures from strength, hydrodynamic and systems engineering point of view. The focus during the programme will be on ships and offshore structures, but the aim is also to make the education attractive for students with a general interest in strength analysis, hydrodynamic analysis and systems engineering. The aim of the Masters programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean engineering is also to extend the knowledge and understanding associated with a Bachelors degree. The education provides an opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. Another aim of the programme is to give insight to the scientific foundation and proven experience in Naval Architecture as well as insight to current research and development work.


Learning outcome:

The proposed programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering aims to prepare the student for independent work as a Naval Architect on a level that follows the degree requirements for the master level according to the Dublin descriptors and the Swedish Degree Ordinance for the Civilingenjör degree. The main learning outcomes are:

Knowledge and understanding: Graduated students should be able to:

1. demonstrate a broad knowledge within Naval Architecture including mathematics and science
2. demonstrate a significantly deepened knowledge within hydrodynamics, ship structures and systems engineering
3. design hulls with respect to hydrodynamic requirements
4. use modern computer software in all stages of the design process
5. demonstrate the ability to plan and design a complex product like a commercial ship
6. demonstrate the ability to use systems engineering tools
7. propose new concepts and designs to meet transport needs and limitations for ships
8. propose a general arrangement of an engine room for a commercial ship
9. choose engine for the ship
10. carry out global and local strength analyses with respect to static and fatigue strength
11. choose the appropriate propulsion equipment
12. select material for the hull structure and the super-structure

Skills and abilities: Graduated students should be able to:

13. demonstrate the ability to participate and contribute to a design process as a member of a team
14. demonstrate the abilities to critically, independently and to creatively identify, formulate and solve complex problems, analyze and critically evaluate technical solutions as well as participate in research and development work and thereby contribute to the knowledge development
15. demonstrate the abilities to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to model, simulate, predict and evaluate behaviour and events, also with limited or incomplete information
16. demonstrate the abilities to plan and with suitable methods carry out qualified tasks within given constraints
17. demonstrate the abilities to design and develop a ship with consideration of human needs and the society¿s goals for sustainable development
18. demonstrate the abilities to communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously, and in national as well as international contexts
19. can apply their knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to Naval Architecture

Formulation of judgements and attitudes: Graduated students should be able to:
20. demonstrate the ability to formulate judgements that include reflecting on scientific, social and ethical responsibilities and to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects on research and development work
21. demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use, including, social, economic and environmental aspects
22. demonstrate insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here: Thesis work


Courses valid the academic year 2014/2015:

See study programme

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

The degree designation is Master of Science (120 credits) (Teknologie masterexamen). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject are stated in the degree diploma. Specializations and tracks are not stated in the degree diploma.


Major subject:

Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology

Other information:

The Masters programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering is directed towards planning and design of ships and offshore structures. The focus is on strength analysis of the ship structure, analysis of the hydrodynamic performance and on systems engineering. The compulsory courses Ship geometry and hydrostatics, Marine Transport Systems, Ship resistance and computational hydrodynamics, Marine Structural Engineering , Marine Propulsion Systems and Wave Loads and Seakeeping are selected to give a basic knowledge in Naval Architecture corresponding to the general learning outcomes on knowledge and understanding.

The course Reliability Analysis of Marine Structures is offered as an elective course by the department of Shipping and Marine technology. Elective courses can also be selected from other master's programmes like Applied mechanics, Automotive Engineering, Production Engineering, Engineering Materials, Sustainable Energy Systems, Technology, Society and the Environment and Product Development.

A very important part of the programme in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering is the Marine design project. The purpose is to participate in a problem oriented ship, offshore or yacht design project. Student teams will be assigned real design problems, guided by professional engineers from industry and faculty members from Chalmers. The initial design process prior to an order of a new ship or yacht is covered during the project following the demands of the customer. In addition to the learning outcomes under knowledge and understanding, the design project will address the learning outcomes under skills and abilities and formulation of judgements and attitudes. In particular teamwork and communication will be trained.

The programme consists of a core of compulsory courses during the first year, and a set of elective courses during the first and second year. An important compulsory part during the second year is the Marine design project where the students actively participate in a real design project.

Modern computer software is an integrated part of the education and the students in Naval Architecture have access to a computer lab / office of their own where project work and individual work can be carried out.

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