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MSc Mechatronics

The use of electronics and software to enhance mechanical products is becoming increasingly complex yet critical to meet future functionality and performance needs. Students in the master's programme in Mechatronics explore the synergistic integration of mechanical, electrical, control and software engineering. Graduates work at the forefront of technical and societal paradigm shifts, including the Internet of Things, Circular Economy and Autonomous Systems.

MSc in Mechatronics

Application deadlines for studies starting 2024

16 October (2023): Application opens
15 January: Last day to apply
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
21 March: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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Mechatronics at KTH

Mechatronics combines mechanical, electrical and computer systems to create intelligent, user-friendly products and services. KTH's research and education activities within Mechatronics are conducted closely with a wide range of industries, offering excellent opportunities to complete smaller projects during your studies and your final degree project at a company. In the longer term, this close collaboration also enables us to identify future industry needs and evolve our curriculum and teaching accordingly. The master's programme in Mechatronics has previously been a track on the master's programme in Engineering Design, but is from 2024 given as its own programme. 

Growing demands on functionality, sustainability and innovation continuously increase the complexity of product development. Another challenge facing many engineers today is the sheer scale of information exchange and communication required in product development. These challenges significantly affect mechatronics engineers since they rely on multidisciplinary knowledge and skills and an increasingly broad awareness when interacting with design teams across other disciplines. In response to these challenges, our programme focuses heavily on problem-based learning, hands-on lab experience, teamwork, project organisation, communication and management. You will gain a cross-disciplinary holistic understanding of design and development, preparing you for large complex projects in industry or academia. The KTH Prototype Centre  offers a machine shop and one of the world's largest aggregations of scholars, PhDs, professors and students. They have the skills and tools to prototype your product and can significantly support your studies and any additional projects you undertake. 

During your studies, you will develop key competencies in motion control, robotics, embedded systems, real-time programming and distributed systems. As well as these core courses, you can specialise in areas such as control engineering, AI/ML, robotics and medical technology.

As a student in the master's programme in Mechatronics, you will develop the skills necessary to conduct professional development work in almost any engineering field. In summary, upon completion of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Professionally apply systematic engineering methods to address complex, multidisciplinary real-world engineering problems related to robotics and mechatronics systems.
  • Proficiently apply advanced, integrated technical knowledge in mechatronics and the underpinning sciences and scientific methods.
  • Identify and critically evaluate current developments and emerging trends within the robotics, intelligent systems, and industrial automation sectors.
  • Understand the contextual factors that influence professional engineering practice, and identify the potential societal, ethical, and environmental impact of engineering activities.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, other engineering professionals, and the broader community using various communication tools.
  • Engage in independent investigation, critical reflection, and lifelong learning to continue practising at the discipline's forefront.
  • Work effectively and proactively within cross-cultural, multidisciplinary teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, expert judgement, adaptability, and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.

This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH).

Programme Presentation

In this webinar recording from October 2023 you will learn everything you need to know about the master's programme in Mechatronics. Björn Möller, Head of KTH's Mechatronics unit, and student Muhammad host the webinar.

Topics covered

Robust mechatronics, Motion control, Robotics, Embedded systems, Real-time programming, Distributed systems and Systems engineering.

Courses in the programme


"Another wonderful aspect is the excellent collaboration among the exercises, assignments, labs, presentations and exams to make sure students gain the ability to solve problems with various complex systems involved."

Xuezhi from China

Meet the students


The demand for Mechatronics is rapidly growing worldwide in many fields, and our graduates can expect to find job opportunities in a wide range of industries and sectors, such as automotive, aerospace, robotics, medical engineering, industrial manufacturing and automation, and autonomous driving. The programme also opens the way for a career in academic research.

Many of our students start their careers with companies here in Sweden, such as AFRY, Atlas Copco, DeLaval, Electrolux, Ericsson, Mycronic, Prevas, Saab, Scania, Skogforsk, Volvo Cars, Volvo Construction Equipment and WesDyne. Some graduates also go on to start up their own companies, such as Fengco, Quandify and Relox Robotics or to work with other smaller companies that require the unique blend of expertise that is Mechatronics.

After graduation

Product developer, Technology specialist, Project manager, Embedded software engineer, Start-up companies, Entrepreneur and Academic researcher.  

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Mechatronics are:

Sustainable development goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
Sustainable development goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

As a broad interdisciplinary engineering discipline and research field, Mechatronics connects to most, if not all, sustainable development goals (SDGs). However, SDGs 3, 7 and 9 are particularly relevant for the three specialisation courses in the programme.

SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promotes well-being for all ages and refers explicitly to drastically reducing the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. As a student in the master's programme in Mechatronics, you will learn the skills in embedded systems development and control theory required to work with advanced vehicle technology for, among other things, automatic braking, lane assist or even autonomous driving.

SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Many renewable energy sources are very susceptible to energy losses during transmission and distribution. As a student in the programme, you will learn how to solve such problems through the optimised control of complex mechanics.

SDG 9 aims to support the building of resilient infrastructure, the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and the fostering of innovation. As a student in the programme, you will learn how to design the robust mechatronics required to operate advanced critical infrastructure, incorporating sensors and actuators to increase resilience.

To summarise, the master's programme in Mechatronics will provide you with the skills required to work within the key industries that drive the upcoming changes needed by our society to adjust to a sustainable future.

Faculty and research

Our faculty in Mechatronics comprises around 40 staff members (professors, researchers, postdocs and PhD students). Our research focuses on developing methods and tools for model-based systems design, development of advanced mechatronics systems, architecture design and safety. We work within four main areas.

Faculty and research

KTH's virtual campus tour

Elisé from Canada is a student at the school of Industrial Engineering and Management (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other KTH students will show you around the campuses.

Next step

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The current admission round for the programme is for studies starting autumn 2024. Apply before 15 January.

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Explore KTH

Visit our campuses through an immersive digital tour where our students guide you through their favourit KTH spots.

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