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Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics

Mechanics is one of the four classical physics areas (optics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics are the rest) and, of course, are an essential part of all education in science and engineering. It includes all parts of an industrial design process based on advanced mechanical analysis of product behavior and functionality.

General subject study plan and program description

General syllabus for education at third-cycle level in Engineering Mechanics (pdf 284 kB)

Programme description: Doctoral Programme in Engineering Mechanics (pdf 193 kB)

Research areas

  • Acoustics,
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Structural mechanics


The doctoral program in Engineering Mechanics consists of a compulsory course and conditionally elective and elective courses. At least two of the conditionally elective courses must be included in the doctoral degree in engineering mechanics. There are courses in three areas: acoustics, structural and biomechanics, and flow mechanics, which largely reflect the research profile of the research groups within the program.

At KTH’s department, a number of subject-specific courses at the doctoral level are also regularly offered, which are optional. Other courses at the research level provided by other department or universities can also be included in the course section. The main supervisor and the postgraduate student shall, in consultation, plan the courses so that both a depth within the dissertation area and a certain width within the field of science are obtained. In addition, courses in science theory and research methodology can be included. A part of this is considered to be a natural part of other courses offered under the doctoral program.

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

Doctoral programmes and third-cycle subjects - KOPPS


The objectives of the Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics 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.

More information about Doctoral Studies at KTH


For general questions regarding doctoral studies at KTH, please contact

Program Manager for the Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics

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