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MF2071 Research Methodology in Mechatronics 4.5 credits

The course gives an overview of scientific and industrial development trends within the areas of mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific working methods, research and engineering ethics and research methodologies are treated both on a general level and on the level of specific research domains. Focus is on how research may be used for the benefit of industry and society by promoting innovation. Scientific writing, reviewing and presentation to an international audience are trained.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group


Part of programme

Master's Programme, Engineering Design, åk 2, IPUC, Mandatory


P1 (2.0 hp), P2 (2.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 5

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2071 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives an increased and deepened knowledge in contemporary scientific and industrial development trends within the fields mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific methods are studied and to be able to work with both research ethics and research methodology, the fields are treated both at a general level and for the specific research specialisation of mechatronics and embedded control systems. Scientific planning and writing is included.

Furthermore, the course includes preparations for the second-cycle Degree Project, regarding literature studies, methodology and report writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarise and at a general level discuss important challenges and trends in the area of mechatronics and embedded control systems.
  • Discuss and evaluate different scientific research methods.
  • Evaluate, discuss and argue around research ethics.
  • Plan and carry out a scientific study.
  • Write a scientific report in within a specific field, related to mechatronics and embedded control systems.
  • Review, plan and justify an approach for a scientific study defined by another student.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Recommended prerequisites

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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 - Group assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

The course requires attendance at all sections in order for the exam to be completed, but the examiner can allow individual missed sections to be replaced with equivalent tasks.
The examination (TEN1) consists of a written assignment or an oral exam. The form of examination is determined based on the student's results in the optional, continuous evaluations in the course.

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

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

By studying the course MF2071 Research Methodology in Mechatronics and the course MF2058 Mechatronics, advanced course spring semester (Project PRO4 4.5 credits)  the requirements for theory of science/research methodology for final exam will be fulfilled.