MSc Vehicle Engineering

Vehicle Engineering is a broad area of engineering science driven by an ever-increasing degree of mobility in the world. Transport, however, must face the challenge of minimising its environmental impact, requiring new, innovative solutions and capable engineers. This is a field that will continually demand specialists in order to make the transition to sustainable road and rail transport in the future. The master’s programme in Vehicle Engineering explores both Automotive and Railway Engineering.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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Vehicle Engineering at KTH

The master's programme in Vehicle Engineering deals with vehicle design, functions, requirements and the evaluation of different types of road and rail vehicles. Vehicle dynamics properties and the interaction with the road/track as well as active systems for safety, monitoring and comfort are important topics within the programme. The vehicles as part of transport systems and the interaction with society are also dealt with within the programme.

The programme includes two specialisations: Road Vehicles and Rail Vehicles. The Road Vehicle specialisation includes all road vehicles with a main focus on cars, trucks and buses. In the Rail Vehicle specialisation, the system aspect is very important, as the different parts of a railway system – vehicle, track, electrification and signalling – all strongly influence each other.

The programme is based on lectures, assignments, simulations and experiments. The first year of the programme focuses on providing a common base in vehicle engineering, and includes some common compulsory courses for all students as well as compulsory courses for each specialisation. In addition to the compulsory courses, students have the opportunity to choose a number of conditionally elective courses in order to create their own profile, for example related to vehicle design, functional design, structural design, and control theory as well as transport systems.

The second year consists mainly of elective courses, a common project course and the final master’s degree project which can either be undertaken at a university or, more commonly, a company. The student is encouraged to actively search for a suitable project in industry, and KTH will provide assistance and suitable points of contact.

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 Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Topics covered

Vehicle systems and their components, vehicle-road/track interaction, dynamics, modelling and simulation, analysis, control, validation, experiments.

​​​​​​ Courses in the programme


The master's programme in Vehicle Engineering provides an excellent basis for pursuing a career in the global automotive and rail vehicle industry, at consulting companies, transportation authorities, fleet operators as well as at universities and institutes active in this field. Vehicle engineering is a research-intensive area in which graduates from the programme work with for instance design, development, calculation and testing of vehicles, vehicle components and active vehicle systems, whereas other areas of work are for example related to systems analysis as well as energy and environmental assessments of vehicles and transport systems. The co-operation between the Swedish vehicle industry and the Department of Vehicle and Aeronautical Engineering is very close, and there are several major ongoing research programmes in which KTH, key manufacturers and the transport administration are involved. Graduates from the programme can be found at companies such as Volvo Cars, Scania, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, Bombardier transportation, NEVS, CEVT, Daimler, BMW, Williams, Altran, Semcon, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, TÜV Süd, Öhlins, Continental, Bosch and many more.

After graduation

Design, development, calculation and testing of vehicles. Development of vehicle components and active vehicle systems. Systems analysis, energy and environmental assessments.

Meet the graduates


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"What I like most about KTH is that the classes are conducted in a very practical way, and this includes not only studying for the exam and using the books, but also learning by doing in most subjects."

Marina Fernandez Carnota, Spain

Meet the students

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 Vehicle Engineering are:

3. Good Health and Well-Being
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Within the master’s programme in Vehicle Engineering, you will gain knowledge that will allow you to participate in solving the challenges facing vehicles and transport systems of the future in relation to, for example, sustainable development goals such as good health and well-being, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and communities. You will learn about the role of vehicles in transport systems and in society, their subsystems, structures and functions, how to design, construct and evaluate their characteristics for different transport tasks, and how these affect factors such as safety, economy, energy efficiency and environmental aspects.

New, innovative technical solutions and knowledgeable engineers are needed to enable a transition to sustainable road and rail transport. As a vehicle engineer, you will be able to work within global companies on, for instance, design, development, environmental aspects, calculation, testing and assessment of vehicles and transport systems, with sustainability representing an important part of the work. With your acquired vehicle engineering knowledge, you will be able to contribute to the development of environmentally friendly, resource-efficient, smart and safe vehicles and mobility solutions, which are essential components of an integrated transport system for a sustainable society.

Webinar on sustainable development

Watch a recording of the webinar offered by the School of Engineering Sciences in December 2019. The webinar focused on the schools' master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development.

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