Master's programme in Aerospace Engineering
The main objective of the master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering is to educate skilled engineers for the European aerospace sector. Graduates of the programme will possess solid theoretical skills in aerospace modelling, analysis and design, as well as the ability to approach and solve complex engineering tasks, and the experience of working in a team. They will also be adept at communicating effectively and working within an international environment – skills that translate to global career opportunities.
Aerospace Engineering at KTH
The master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering offers students a broad, challenging and highly respected education. You acquire theoretical skills for aerospace modelling and design, learn to solve complex engineering tasks and to collaborate with others in projects, and to communicate results and conclusions in a professional manner. The programme at KTH is highly international with contacts and students from all over the world. The programme director is an astronaut and alumni of KTH, Christer Fuglesang.
The programme has four tracks: Aeronautics, Space, Systems or Lightweight Structures which the student chooses towards the end of the first term. Each track has a few compulsory courses, but most are optional out of a set of recommended courses. There are many possibilities to combine courses between the tracks. The first term contains one basic course in each track which enhance basic skills a give an introduction to various aspects of aerospace engineering. A course in theory and methodology of science is also included. The specialisation tracks start the second term and all offer different mandatory and recommended elective courses. The final termr is spent on a five month degree project where the student has the opportunity to investigate a problem in-depth. The project is performed either in industry or at a university department, in Sweden or abroad. The results are presented in a degree project and a seminar. .
The aeronautics track focuses on modeling, analysis and design of aircraft. The overall objectives are that the student should be able to design and estimate the performance of an aircraft, compute its aerodynamic properties, simulate its motion in flight, and analyze how the aerodynamic and structural properties influence stability and control. The track is characterized by a strong interaction between theory and practice, and the student will plan, perform and evaluate several wind tunnel tests during the education. An engineer with this profile is particularly attractive to companies working in aerodynamics and aeronautics.
Track; Lightweight Structures
The Lightweight Structures track focuses on analysis and development of lightweight materials and structures for more efficient solutions and products. Reduced structural weight can be used for improved structural efficiency, more cost effective production and maintenance, and reduced environmental impact. Emphasis is put on fiber composites, non-metallic materials and sandwich structures, often used in applications with extreme requirements. Students following the track develop knowledge and skills in analysis, design, optimization, materials, manufacturing and testing of lightweight structures. Design of fibre composites call for a systems approach to the choice of materials, manufacturing processes and product solutions, preparing students for future roles as engineers working with development of new products or applications. There is a constant need for skilled structural engineers within aerospace-, naval- and automotive engineering, as well as in smaller businesses working with e.g. more niched manufacturing or innovative design solutions.
Space technology plays a key role in modern society, enabling telecommunication and navigation services, weather forecasting, Earth observation and much more. The space track focuses on applications related to rocket and satellite technology, with particular emphasis on propulsion, trajectory analysis, spacecraft dynamics and system perspective. The space environment and its impact on the design and instrumentation of satellites is another central theme in the education. Wider perspective is offered by courses in human spacecraft, space research etc. The space track can conveniently be combined with (parts of) the other tracks in the program to create an attractive competence profile. As a space engineer you can for example work with development, testing and operation of satellites, launchers, sounding rockets or other space systems.
Track; Systems Engineering
Aircrafts, trains and satellites are examples of complex systems that have to be designed with reliable control systems and efficient maintenance plans to be competitive in today's global market. The overall objective with the systems track is that you should be able to develop mathematical models of systems in order to analyze and optimize their performance. Control theory had a crucial role in the development of rockets, and has since improved robustness and performance of modern airplanes. Today, it is becoming an increasingly important factor in other areas such as the automotive industry and communications systems. A systems engineer could be working with the design of the control of the damping in an aircraft landing gear, or on how to find the least costly spare parts management system or analyzing the reliability of a radar system. A systems engineer is attractive to a large number of industries in various fields.
The employment market for European aerospace engineers is strong and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Airbus is the main European aerospace company in the civil sector, however a large part of the work is performed at various subcontractors all over Europe and worldwide.
The space sector is dynamic and evolving, with major projects such as the Galileo navigation satellite project and challenging scientific missions. The European space industry employs about 40,000 people.
A master’s degree in the aerospace field from KTH is a mark of quality and opens a wide range of career opportunities in industry and research, as well as areas far beyond the aeronautical and space sectors.
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Changes in the programme may occur.