Engineering Design (120 credits)

Engineering Design is a programme with the main objective to educate engineers with excellent technical and organizational skills in development and engineering of complex and heterogenous technical products. The programme offers three specialisation tracks.

Education and research in Engineering Design has strong traditions at KTH. In order to meet the needs of the global product design and engineering market, KTH now offers a two-year Master's programme in engineering design.

Students who graduate from the programme will possess:

* ability to perform innovative and professional product development
* good theoretical skills in product modelling, analysis and design,
* ability to approach and solve complex engineering tasks,
* experience of project work and teamwork,
* experience of working in an international environment, and
* ability to communicate effectively.

The programme is a joint effort by several areas of competence, providing leading expertise in their respective areas of research. The Department of Machine Design coordinates the programme and contributes with a majority of the courses.

Programme outline

The programme consists of a set of courses to enhance basic skills as well as to give an introduction to various aspects of engineering design. The basic courses are compulsory and constitute about one third of the course work. Adaptation courses to be selected are grouped together in four different packages corresponding to a further specialisation in the direction of one of the three tracks.

Finally, there is a Master's thesis project corresponding to 30 ECTS. The thesis project is supervised by an experienced researcher and can be performed in an industrial setting or in an academic environment. Each student is encouraged to actively search for a suitable thesis project in industry, and KTH will provide some information on suitable points of contact. If you are an exchange student, we recommend that you find a thesis project in your country of permanent residence or in the country where you intend to start your professional career.

Career prospects

Engineering Design will give you key expertise that can be applied in many different industries and sectors. The programme’s strong connection between theory and practice provides a good foundation for future careers in many technical fields.

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Entry requirements

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If you have questions about the programme, email us at engineeringdesign@kth.se

If you have a specific question about the Track, you can contact the individual Track Leaders below. For general admissions or application process questions at the programme level please contact the Admissions Office .

Programme Director for Engineering Design

Internal Combustion Engines track

Students in the Internal Combustion Engines track in the Engineering Design Master programme, learns to apply engines for energy transformation in vehicle transmission systems, with an efficient aid and support from industrially relevant and state-of-the-art tools and methods.

Development and engineering of competitive transmissions relies on a holistic approach as well as on specialist knowledge. Realisation of world-class vehicle transmission systems requires model-based development and computer-tools for optimising the system, and individuals with specialist competence in combustion, emissions and knowledge of thermo- and fluidmechanical phenomena. Students may develop an individual profile in machine engineering, energy and environment, control technology, or flow mechanics.

Employment prospects

Sweden has a very strong motor industry represented by Scania, Saab and Volvo, as well as consulting firms and sub-contractors specialising in combustion engines. The motor industry is in great need of engineers now that new emissions regulations and the increasingly stringent requirements with respect to lowering fuel consumption are making it necessary for the industry to invest in development to keep up with international competition.

The motor industry employs engineers from many different areas of specialisation. Graduates from this Master’s programme have many competitive advantages, such as their documented interest in the field and the combination of expert knowledge and an overall understanding. This broad-based expertise is hard to acquire in any other way.

Experience has shown that engineers educated in this field are offered positions in other sectors as well. The programme’s strong connection between theory and practice provides a good foundation for future careers in many technical fields.

Development in the motor industry is being prioritised both nationally and internationally. Combustion engines will continue for many years to be the leading means of energy transformation for transportation.

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Machine Design track

Development of competitive products relies on individuals with high competence in systems engineering, human ergonomics, and component engineering.

Students in the Machine design track in the Engineering Design Master programme, are trained to create, select, dimension, optimise and verify cost-effective technical quality products, with an efficient aid and support from industrially relevant and state-of-the-art tools and methods. Development and engineering design of competitive products and components relies on a holistic approach as well as on specialist knowledge. Realisation of world-class machines requires model-based development and computer-tools for choosing proper materials and manufacturing methods for the components, and optimising the entire system and making it more insensitive to variation i product properties, human treatment and operational and environmental conditions.

Students may develop an individual profile in systems engineering, component engineering design, manufacturing technology or modelling methodology.

Employment prospects

By choosing to specialise in Machine Design, you will gain core competence suitable for application within a wide range of industries and careers. With your technical competence, combined wtih your ability to identify complex engineering and technical problems and solve them using modern methods and computer support tools, you will be well prepared to work in product development, engineering design or research within leading companies world-wide.

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Mechatronics track

Mechatronics is a track of the KTH Engineering Design MSc Program as well as a specialization track of the five year KTH degree progamme ("civilingenjörsprogrammen") within Mechanical Engineering (m), Design and Product realization (P), Vehicle Engineering (T) and Industrial Engineering and Management (I).

The use of electronics and software to enhance mechanical products is here to stay, and the complexity is growing almost daily. From your CD player to your car’s braking system, from robots in the manufacturing industry to small devices to help meet new emissions regulations, the functionality and performance of traditional mechanical systems is now almost dependent on mechatronics – which is defined as “synergistic integration of mechanical-, electrical-, control- and software engineering” and could be described as “the systematic design of a harmonized product leveraging advantages from each of the involved disciplines”.

A major problem facing many engineers today is the sheer scale of information exchange and communication required in product and process development projects. This particularly affects Mechatronics engineers, since their typical working day requires not only reliance on their multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle the task at hand, but also an increasingly broad awareness – alertness, even - when interacting across disciplines with other design teams and stakeholders. We aim to teach the skills needed to perform in such a working environment.

Mechatronics is a fast growing and demanding discipline to work in, and KTH has more than 30 years worth of experience in educating Mechatronics engineers for roles in industry, research and society.

Employment prospects

By choosing to specialise in Mechatronics, you will gain core competence suitable for application within a wide range of industries and careers. Your broad technical competence, combined with your ability to identify and resolve complex engineering and technical problems, means you will be well prepared to work in research and development, engineering design and technical project management for leading companies anywhere in the world.

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