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FAF3604 Soil Mechanics 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAF3604 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives a comprehensive view of the principles of soil mechanics that affects foundations of structures in soil. Particularly emphasis is put on strength and deformation properties of soil.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student shall

  • have a deep understanding of both the principles of soil mechanics and the fundamentals of how they are sustainably applied in engineering practice;
  • be able to describe the most significant engineering properties of soils and describe the factors that affect these properties;
  • be capable of choosing and performing soil mechanical analyses that provide long-term sustainable geotechnical structures, as well as understanding the limitations of the analysis procedures.  

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Master of Science in Civil Engineering or similar, with an undergraduate course in soil mechanics.

Recommended prerequisites

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The course literature is announced at the beginning of each course round.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Stefan Larsson (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Soil- and Rock Mechanics