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MF2072 Research Methodology in Machine Design 6.0 credits

The course gives an overview of contemporary scientific and industrial development trends within within mechanical engineering.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

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

Master's Programme, Integrated Product Design, åk 2, IPDC, Conditionally Elective


P1 (6.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

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


Ulf Olofsson,


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2072 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives an overview over present-day scientific and industrial development trends in the area of machine design. Scientific research methods and tools, and ethical aspects are treated, both at a general and a concrete level, in the context of research and development (R&D) of mechanical products, high-performance machine elements and understanding of physical phenomena. Further exercises on reading scientific articles and understanding their structure, and writing an own research article. Important innovation aspects to meet societal and industrial challenges are also treated.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Apply common concepts and language within the topic.
  • Evaluate, discuss and reason around ethical research aspects.
  • Carry out a scientific study.
  • Give constructive criticism on a scientific article.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

MF2024 Robust and Probabilistic Design or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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The reading list is decided no later than a month before the start of the course.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 1.5 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.

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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Ulf Olofsson,