MSc Systems, Control and Robotics
The master’s programme in Systems, Control and Robotics focuses on the analysis, design and control of robots, autonomous vehicles, and other complex technical systems. It provides broad skills in the field and expertise through specialisations going deeper into areas such as autonomous sensing, AI, machine learning, decision making and control. Graduates face interesting careers, often in the robotics and autonomous vehicles industry, or as PhD students.
Systems, Control and Robotics at KTH
The master’s programme in Systems, Control and Robotics equips students with the skills necessary to analyse, design and control complex technical systems such as robots and other systems with significant autonomous capabilities. These systems are important today and will become even more important as new technology makes its way into our workplaces, homes and shared public spaces.
The programme starts with a few mandatory courses that provide a solid foundation in the area of systems, control and robotics, as well as scientific methodology in general. The programme continues with courses on one of two tracks chosen by the student. In addition to courses associated with the tracks, there are a large number of elective courses within the broad areas of AI, machine learning and control. In order to be prepared for a diversity of future careers, students will also take a project course and a non-technical course of choice, and participate in a seminar series in which an opportunity is provided to reflect on the societal context of systems, control and robotics, such as sustainability and ethics.
Robotics and autonomous systems
This track focuses on autonomous mobile systems that act in a dynamic world, including robots, drones and autonomous vehicles. Such systems need to act rationally based on information from complex sensors such as cameras or laser scanners to achieve both short- and long-term objectives in a changing world.
Learning, Decision and Control Systems
This track focuses on analysis and synthesis of decision and control systems, both model-based, including classical control systems and AI, as well as data-driven systems, with machine learning components.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) in English. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science Degree. The programme is given mainly at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).
Master degree project
All students will carry out a degree project, typically during the second half of the second year, upon completion of the necessary programme credits. The project may involve work in a relevant industry or a department at KTH, and may be combined with course work. For students who wish to pursue a career in research, the thesis project offers an excellent opportunity to develop contacts and the skills necessary to work within a research group; and for those students wishing to enter industry, it serves as an important introduction and practical foundation for a career with a prospective employer.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
A two-year master’s degree in Systems, Control and Robotics rests on a core set of courses in systems, control and robotics and related subjects, and provides the opportunity to utilise a unique cross-section of courses from different disciplines – integrating, for example, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Control Theory – in order to create a comprehensive education. As systems, control and robotics engineers require extensive training in the design and analysis of complex technical systems, this master’s programme provides a strong foundation in both theory and practice. Graduates from the programme often end up in the robotic and autonomous vehicle industry, such as ABB and Scania, or as PhD students at KTH and other universities.
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 Systems, Control and Robotics are:
It is the strong development in the area of Systems, Control and Robotics that is currently making cars more autonomous, robotic productions lines more efficient and safe for human workers, and elderly people more independent by providing adaptive robotic assistants. Thus, goal #3 (Good Health and Well-being) is addressed by safer factories and better care of the elderly. Goal #8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) is addressed by safer and more efficient factories, and goal #9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure ) by a combination of autonomous transport and automated production lines in factories.
Faculty and research
The programme in System, Control and Robotics is given by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at KTH is currently ranked 18th in the world by QS (17th in 2020, 19th in 2019, 28th in 2018, 26th in 2017, 17th in 2016, 16th in 2015). The area of Automation and Control at KTH is ranked 20th in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking. Most courses in the programme are taught by the Division of Decision and Control Systems and the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning (RPL).