Naval Architecture

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Ålesund

Naval Architecture

– About Naval Architecture

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What is Naval Architecture?

Maritime structures, such as ships and platforms, consist of thousands of components that are assembled into a unique solution. The ship operates most of its lifecycle in the layer between water and air, and it needs to perform under severe environmental conditions. 

A Naval Architect can take into account all these factors when designing marine structures that intend to be excellent in their mission.

Study Naval Architecture

The programme of study focuses on the design of ships and other structures for demanding marine operations. Naval Architecture encloses the disciplines that are necessary to design, simulate and evaluate the behaviour of marine structures, especially in five key areas: structure, seakeeping, speed, stability and style.

With a master's degree in Naval Architecture you can be part of a design and engineering team that will build ships and other maritime equipment for the future.

Simulating real life scenarios

This master's degree programme teaches you how to handle requirements, analyse and simulate lots of different missions, such as transportation work of cargo and passengers, support of offshore operations, subsea installation, autonomous vessel, research, exploration and rescue.

A well-behaving ship is crucial in performing the complex operations necessary to support the installation of subsea field equipment. Simulation of the vessel behaviour can be used to plan the operation, to identify potential risks, to train the operative personnel, and to optimise the ship design for unique operations.

Learn state-of-the-art software

This master's degree programme combines fundamental and specialisation courses, with an updated and modern view on Naval Architecture, focusing on Digitalization, Digital Twin, Simulation and Programming.

Digital tools are used in all courses, with emphasis in state-of-the-art software used by the Norwegian companies.

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Photo: Tony Hall/NTNU

Teaching and working methods

This master' degree programme consist of lectures, individual- and group exercises, project work and laboratory assignments.

Courses are taught by teams involved in theory and practice of maritime operations. The courses are one/two weeks, intensive courses.

Part-time studies are possible and are considered for each individual case. 

Cooperation with the maritime industries

Part of the programme combines theory and practice by students visiting and cooperating with the nearby maritime companies. The maritime cluster around Ålesund is among the most complete in the world, and Norwegian maritime enterprises together form an internationally competitive expertise-based industry.

You will acquire skills and attitudes to act efficiently within the design of products and systems in the global maritime industry. This includes fisheries, aquaculture and offshore exploration.

Maritime cluster

The local maritime cluster has developed a strong international position among shipping companies, entrepreneurs and exporters. A visible sign of the international cooperation in the field as well as research based technology development and training, is the establishment of the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre (NMK) on Campus Ålesund. 

The Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering has established a well-functioning cooperation with companies and organisations in the maritime cluster (GCE - Blue Maritime Cluster). These are businesses / organisations that operates in an international setting. NTNU in Ålesund benefits from guest lecturers and part-time employees from this cluster, besides the research-related cooperation.

This connection provides students with an excellent entrance to an international arena. We expect that most master's theses will be on practical issues related to this industry. 

UN Sustainable development goals

UN Sustainable development goals

A considerable amount of the World’s transportation is via waterways. On Naval Architecture you learn how to design and develop ships for the future, for a better environment both below and above the sea surface.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable and clean energy. Link to Sustainable Development goal 7.Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 - industries, innovation and infrastructure. Link to Sustainable Development goal 7.
Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 - responsible consumption and production. Link to Sustainable Development goal 12.Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life below water. Link to Sustainable Development goal 14.