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Doctoral Program in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering is a multidisciplinary program of the highest international grade. Aircraft, spacecraft and satellites are complex technical systems that requires high reliability and advanced control and monitoring systems. Planning issues such as route planning, resource allocation, and backup optimization are regularly reviewed with advanced math and numerical methods.

General subject study plan and program description

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Research areas

Researchers and engineers work in the design, development, testing and operation and maintenance of commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, spacecraft and satellites. These technical systems are very complex and proper design and construction depend on the interaction between a variety of disciplines such as aerodynamics, structure, aerosolasticity, flight mechanics, control systems and propulsion. The education is mainly conducted in four main areas:

  • Aeronautics
  • Lightweight Structures
  • Space Technology
  • Systems Engineering


The courses in the individual study plan is decided by the supervisor together with the student. Courses are normally chosen based on the student's previous studies as well as what is considered necessary to enable to deepen and broaden the student's knowledge and skills in the subject field. Certain courses will be necessary for the implementation of the research assignment, while others are chosen to give an increased breadth in the field.

The postgraduate student is expected to read at least one course within each central part of the subject Aerospace Engineering; aeronautics, space technology, lightweight structures, and systems engineering. Students who have studied equivalent courses in previous education need not read additional courses to achieve sufficiently broad basic knowledge. The postgraduate students are also given the opportunity to study courses in mathematics and numerical methods at advanced level when dissertation so requires.

More information about the courses can be found in the general subject study plan.

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The objectives of the Doctoral Program in Aerospace Engineering follow the common objectives of postgraduate education according to the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100).

These goals are divided into three categories:

  1. Knowledge and understanding
  2. Skills and abilities
  3. Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint.

A concrete description of how these goals can be met within the framework of the doctoral program are described in the general subject study plan.

Previous knowledge

Basic eligibility complies with the general stated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100). As a special qualification for admission to postgraduate education in the subject of aerospace engineering, the applicant must have:

  1. Completed basic competencies in the area, or
  2. In some other way, within or outside the country, acquired the corresponding relevant knowledge in the relevant areas.

The application process

In order to apply for a doctoral program, there must be an available doctoral appointment. On KTH's central website, a list of all KTH's vacancies, including doctoral posts, is published.

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For general questions regarding doctoral studies at KTH, please contact

Program Manager for the Doctoral Program in Aerospace

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