Master's programme in 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.
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. 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.
The master's programme in Vehicle Engineering provides an excellent basis for pursuing a career in the global 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.
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