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From basic research to societal benefits

Research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology generates new knowledge and technological development that can lead to significant change – for the world, for society and for people. Our scientific advances are based on the academic freedom to explore the unknown, while at the same time finding solutions that will benefit society.

We create an understanding of the world we live in and lay the foundations for sustainable and secure societal development, where people’s quality of life and health can be significantly improved.

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The world we live in

Scientific discoveries give us a fundamental understanding of the world we live in and what lies beyond the boundaries of our planet, providing us with the necessary knowledge for a sustainable transition and reducing global emissions. It involves energy systems, sustainable materials, and circular production systems that change how we use and manage the Earth's resources.

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Sustainable and secure societal development

In step with society’s need for sustainability, research plays a crucial. To meet future challenges, we need secure, robust societal systems with the resilience to withstand and adapt to change. This includes how we build and develop our cities, secure data systems, resource-efficiency, and sustainable and just food systems.

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People's lives and health

Research into people’s lives and health improves quality of life and extends lifespans. An ageing and growing population increase our need for cost-effective technology and new methods for diagnosing and treating complex diseases. This includes medical equipment, drug development, individualised care, and the preconditions for a good quality of life.

Research at KTH's schools

KTH's schools hold a total of 27 research departments that gather researchers and faculty from around the world. The research spans a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, natural sciences, architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history, and philosophy. The five schools are:

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The research at KTH's centres addresses newer and more interdisciplinary subject areas. The work is often carried out in collaboration with organisations and researchers outside of KTH in both the private and public sectors.

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Ranking placement

KTH is considered one of Europe's leading universities and is ranked among the top 100 worldwide (QS, 73). In 2023, KTH ranked in the top 100 in eleven subjects according to QS, and eight subjects according to ARWU.

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Find researchers

KTH's research staff includes about 2,800 people, of which approximately 340 are professors, 290 are sssociate professors, and 1,600 are doctoral students.