Education in Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

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With a degree from Chalmers, you become a coveted problem solver. During your education, you gain in-depth insights into contexts, above all from a sustainability perspective. A sustainable future is included in everything we do.

The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences is active in a range of undergraduate programmes on bachelor level as well as in four master's programmes. All programmes on bachelor level are held in Swedish. In addition to this, we offer professional education​ at national and international level, with specially designed assignments for different social actors. The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences also provides doctoral programmes across different areas within all modes of transport and provides access to a wide range of courses.

Education at undergraduate level

Mechanical engineering, technical design, automation and mechatronics

Engineers in mechanical engineering, mechatronics and design together get ideas to take shape, become a product and begin to function in a context. You choose where in the development chain you want to be, but we promise that whatever training you choose in our field, you will be part of tomorrow's product development. You get to grow and use your talent by creating new and modern products together with others for a safer, better and more enjoyable future.

Mechanical engineering, 180 credits

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Mechanical engineering, 300 credits

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Mechatronics, 180 credits

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Automation and mechatronics, 300 credits

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Programmes in shipping 

It's no coincidence that Sweden's top maritime education programmes are  offered at Chalmers in Gothenburg and annually attract around 300 students. Gothenburg has the Nordics' largest port and many Swedish shipping companies have their headquarters here. Chalmers educations have extensive collaborations both internationally and nationally. As a student, you will be offered a unique breadth if you train as a sea captain, marine engineer, naval commander or study international logistics in Sweden's maritime capital.

Master mariner, 180 credits

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Marine engineer, 180 credits

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Deck officer and engineer officer, class VII, 60 credits

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International logistics, 180 credits

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Master's studies

​​Mechanics and Maritime Sciences are active in four Master's Programmes for those who already have undergraduate education with at least 180 higher education credits.

Applied mechanics, MSc, 120 credits

Learn how to problem-solve and optimise product design within a broad spectrum of different engineering applications. This master’s programme will give you an internationally competitive education in modelling, computational and experimental techniques in applied mechanics. You will train how to solve solid, structural, and fluid mechanics problems in a broad spectrum of different application areas, gaining core competencies and preparing to become a key player for both large and small enterprises. You will also gain the skills required to work with the mechanical design of sustainable and competitive products — all while considering aspects like reliability, robustness, weight, and energy efficiency.

Complex adaptive systems, MSc, 120 credits

The human brain, economic markets, our immune systems — even the formation of clouds. These are all examples of complex adaptive systems, formed from multiple interacting components, often nonlinear and dynamic, leading to a collective structure and organisation across multiple levels. With a truly interdisciplinary approach, encompassing several theoretical frameworks, this master’s programme will provide you with a broad and thorough introduction to the theory of complex adaptive systems and their application to the world around us.

Maritime management, MSc, 120 credits

The demand for competent and educated leaders in the maritime industry, both onboard ships at sea, and in organisations onshore, is higher than ever. In this master’s programme, you will prepare to take up vital roles as a future leader — guiding the shipping industry into a new era, and tackling the challenges of complex logistics issues, rapid AI development and the strictest demands on quality. The programme will give you theoretical and practical knowledge in subjects including project management, quality, risk, and safety management. Chalmers University of Technology has a world-class reputation in the shipping industry, and you will be educated to the highest standards.

Mobility engineering, MSc, 120 credits

Every day, freight trains, trucks, aeroplanes, and ships transport enormous quantities of raw material and manufactured goods around the world, while billions of people travel for work and leisure in the same manner. This master's programme will prepare you to meet the ever-changing demands in the critical industries of aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, marine technology, and railway technology, with the option to specialise in one in particular.

If you have any questions about the undergraduate and Master's programs in which we are active, please contact the Assistant Head of Department for Undergraduate Education at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Krister Wolff.

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Doctoral studies

A Chalmers doctoral position allows you to combine a career with a doctoral degree. Of course, Chalmers isn’t your typical employer – as nearly a thousand doctoral students can testify. Wherever possible we like to integrate the needs of the world with both research and study for a sustainable future. After all, we only have one Earth.

So count on plenty of interaction with other researchers, students and industrial contacts – not least internationally. Our open and trusting approach is geared to nurture your career as well as the research.

Shipping and marine technology, graduate school

If you are interested to study scientific areas related to shipping, ranging from naval architecture and ocean engineering, climate and environmental impact, to maritime operations, on and below the water, you should apply to the graduate school Shipping and Marine Technology.

Machine and vehicle systems, graduate school

Graduate School Machinery and vehicle systems are both basic science and applied. As a doctoral student, you will learn technical problem solving through quantitative and qualitative thinking.

Solid and structural mechanics, graduate school

The scientific basis for doctoral studies in Solid and Structural Mechanics spans mechanics, strength of materials, and structural mechanics. Your research project may be of theoretical and/or applied nature.

Thermo and fluid dynamics, graduate school

In the graduate school of Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, you as a doctoral student develop your knowledge both through theory and applications in the field.

If you have any questions about the graduate schools in which we are active, please contact the Assistant Head of Department for Research and graduate Education at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Robert Thomson.

Robert Thomson
  • Professor, Vehicle Safety, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

Continuing education

Continuing education in shipping

​The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences delivers custom-designed mission training for business at both national and international level. Our extensive education activities and its close relationship with our research groups provide unique opportunities for designing courses according to the customer's wishes.

Student administration at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

You reach our student administrators via email, phone or visit them on either of our campuses.

In your contacts with the study administration you need to specify:

  • Name
  • Social security number
  • Course code

If you wish to request av copy of a written examination

When you come to get an exam copy, you need to show proof of identity. Also state course code and period for smoothest handling.

Campus Johanneberg

Administration for undergraduate level, master's studies, and doctoral studies.

Sonja Laakso Gustafsson (for the divisions Vehicle Safety and Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems)
+46 31 772 3637

Malin Larsson (for the divisions Energy Conversion and Propulsion Systems, and Fluid Dynamics. For Maritime Studies undergraduate level and master's studies only.)
+46 31 772 2986

Carina Schmidt (for the divisions Dynamics, and Marine Technology)
+46 31 772 1515

Campus Lindholmen

Administration for undergraduate level and master's studies

Maria Hamberg (for the divisions Energy Conversion and Propulsion Systems, Fluid Dynamics, and Maritime Studies)
+46 31 772 2453

Administration for doctoral studies

Lotta Sjögren (for the division Maritime Studies)
+46 31 772 2678

We need approximately five working days to be able to arrange signed certificates. For more details about certificates on your program - see the programme page in Canvas.

Students on any of the BSc in Engineering programmes - contact the responsible teacher.

Do you want to hand in your application for a scholarship? Please put it in the postbox outside the student expedition on level 3 in House Saga.