Innovate yourself at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden’s largest and most respected technical university. Being a KTH student involves more than just engaging in studies. By choosing KTH, you gain access to a vibrant student life and a prestigious academic environment.

190 years of excellence

KTH was established in 1827 as the Technological Institute and began to offer education in technology subjects with a strong professional focus. Since the start, KTH has been at the centre of many of the technological advances in Sweden. In the early 1950s the country’s first nuclear reactor was installed on campus, at the same time as Sweden’s very first TV station went on the air across the street. Over the last 190 years KTH has gone on to become one of the most prominent technical universities in Europe.

Fit for a king

In 1917, the main KTH campus with its courtyard building was constructed in the northern part of central Stockholm on the edge of the Royal National Park, which has been at the disposal of the Swedish monarch since the 15th century. The reigning King Carl XVI Gustaf is the guardian of the university, and the royal crown has been a part of the university seal since 1827.

The mother of invention

Sweden is a nation known for its advances and innovations, from the lifesaving seatbelt and the pacemaker to modern services like Spotify and Skype. The father of Swedish innovation was the inventor of dynamite, chemist Alfred Nobel. His legacy of contributions for humanity can be seen in the Noble Prize awards, and is the same spirit that drives KTH forward. Following in the footsteps of Nobel and other Swedish innovators, KTH inspires students to look for invention in challenges and real-world problems, contributing to a brighter tomorrow.

Breaking new ground

KTH conducts world-class research in an array of technology and engineering fields. Its strong research reputation has reinforced the university’s position as one of the most prominent technical universities in Europe and a force to be reckoned with globally. KTH was placed number 19 in the world among technical universities in the latest THE World University Rankings and number 16 in the latest equivalent QS ranking. To meet tomorrow’s challenges, KTH offers education and research that attracts talent from all over the world.

KTH Rankings

KTH is one of the top hundred universities in the world and has a global reputation for its excellence and innovation.  

World University Rankings 2018


overall ranking, worldwide

World University Rankings by Subject 2017


within Engineering and Technology


Architecture / Built Environment 23
Electrical Engineering 26
Mechanical Engineering 39
Materials Science 39
Civil & Structural Engineering 41
Chemical Engineering 100-150
Computer Science & Info Systems 51-100
Mathematics 51-100
Physics & Astronomy 51-100
Environmental Sciences 101-150
Chemistry 101-150
Statistics & Operational Research 51-100
Biological Sciences 251-300

Ranking by Subject 2017


within Engineering & technology

World University Rankings 2017


overall ranking, worldwide

World ranking in key subject areas 2017

Automation & Control 12
Transport Science & Technology 15
Telecommunication Engineering 20
Mathematics 26
Mechanical Engineering 31
Energy Science & Engineering 49
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 21-75
Energy Science & Engineering 49
Chemical Engineering 51-75
Civil Engineering 51-75
Materials Science & Engineering 51-75
Computer Science & Engineering 51-75
Physics 101-150
Environmental Science & Engineering 201-300

World ranking in key subject areas 2016

Mechanical Engineering 33
Chemical Engineering 43
Civil Engineering 68
Electrical Engineering 49
Materials Science 85
Physics 80
Chemistry 118
Computer Science 150
Mathematics 175

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